While examining your goals at C of O, you may want to consider the unique experiences available through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Our ROTC program provides some of the best leadership training in the world, and develops the essential teamwork and managerial skills required to succeed in any career. Your success as a “Hard Work U” graduate can take you far, and your investment in officer training will build upon that success by adding another highly sought-after skill to your resume: Leadership.
Through the ROTC program, College of the Ozarks students enhance their leadership skills and reinforce self-confidence. By participating, you can discover untapped talents and strengths while taking part in activities such as rappelling, marksmanship, orienteering, leadership reaction courses, and field training exercises. Our basic Military Science courses are enjoyable and could potentially spark your interest to become an Army officer. Regardless of your future career decisions, these courses provide foundational leadership training.
In ROTC classes, you will study subjects including leadership, Army branches, the role of the officer, military operations and tactics, command and staff functions, and military history. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in physical fitness and lab events to demonstrate your potential as a future leader. If you're not sure whether ROTC is for you, keep in mind that you don't have to commit to the program in order to take the basic Military Science (freshman and sophomore level) classes.
ROTC is divided into two elective programs, Basic and Advanced. Those who are qualified and ready for the challenge are encouraged to pursue an Army officer’s commission by completing the Advanced Program.
Students who enroll in Basic Program courses incur no military service obligation. While attending the classes and participating in associated training events, those enrolled receive leadership, management, and confidence-building instruction that will be of great value in any career field. The primary objective of the Basic Program is to provide students with an understanding of the United States Army and training in basic soldiering skills. All non-U.S. citizens must have permission before enrolling in any Military Science course.
Advanced Program courses are restricted to students who meet departmental criteria and sign a contract to accept a commission as an Army officer with a military service obligation. The primary objective of the Advanced Program is to prepare qualified college students for military service as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, or the Army Reserve. Students meeting departmental criteria become eligible for Advanced Program courses by:
- Successfully completing three of the four basic courses (MIL 122, 132, 202, 212);
- Having prior military service (Honorable Discharge or current affiliation);
- Successfully completing the Leader’s Training Course (MIL 235).
Students accepted as cadets in the Advanced Program receive a monthly stipend of up to $500 (tax-free) for 10 months during each of their contracted years. Additionally, contracted cadets receive the College of the Ozarks’ Patriotic Scholarship, which pays all room and board. They also attend a five-week summer camp (MIL 325), normally between their junior and senior years. While attending, cadets will participate in a challenging variety of military training environments, receive a salary equal to one half of a lieutenant’s base pay, and have all meals and housing provided by the Army.
During each semester, all contracted cadets must participate in classes, the scheduled physical fitness program, labs, and field training exercises (many events will involve travel to our parent unit at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and other off-campus locations). Upon completion of the Advanced Program courses, Leader Development and Assessment Course and a bachelor’s degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants. These officers may elect to complete their military service either full-time in the U.S. Army, or part-time in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve.
Nurse Cadet Program
College of the Ozarks students considering an undergraduate nursing degree might be eligible to enroll in Army ROTC to enhance leadership skills and critical-thinking abilities, while receiving financial support to help make professional goals a reality. Army Nurses have opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties, and autonomy to practice nursing in a way unmatched by civilian health care facilities. As an Army Nurse, professional judgment will be the driving force behind leading a military nursing team to provide full spectrum patient care. The leadership experience and management training will benefit either a military or private-sector nursing career.
Nursing students who are also Army ROTC cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. Army ROTC's Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) provides significant training opportunities with the Army Nursing career field. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany, and introduces them to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as well as the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of a preceptor (an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer), those attending NSTP will obtain significant hands-on experience. One-on-one clinical experience will allow them to hone patient skills, develop problem-solving techniques, and become comfortable with developing professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team. While coordinating and communicating patient care, those attending will be in a clear position to succeed. Prospective Nursing cadets must be admitted into the College of the Ozarks Nursing program and concurrently qualify for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Program. Depending on level of immersion, the entire program can be completed in four or five years. http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/nurse_program.jsp
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
The Simultaneous Membership Program allows contracted cadets to be members of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve at the same time. Under the SMP, cadets hold (and are paid at) the grade of sergeant (E-5) in their guard or reserve unit and serve as officer trainees under the watchful eye of a commissioned officer in the unit. Students completing basic and advanced individual training are also eligible for the Army GI Bill which pays a substantial monthly amount while enrolled as a full-time college student.
U.S. Army ROTC Scholarships
Two-year and three-year ROTC Scholarships are awarded each year to full-time college students on a best-qualified basis; students need not be enrolled in Military Science classes to compete. These scholarships provide full tuition, pay lab fees, educational fees and book costs, plus a stipend for 10 months of each scholarship funded school year. Students who receive an Army ROTC Scholarship are not eligible for entry into the Simultaneous Membership Program but do incur a military service obligation upon graduation. Students can also apply for the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship which assures Reserve Component (part-time) service upon commissioning.
CofO ROTC is a member of the Missouri State University Bear Battalion consisting of six affiliate colleges and universities. For further information about available scholarship funding, contact the MSU Scholarship Enrollment Officer.
Companies value professional leadership experience, and the Army is a great place to obtain that experience. After completing our officer-training program and graduating, you will immediately have the opportunity to manage, lead, and mentor professional Soldiers. This is by far one of the most rewarding, exciting, and challenging occupations available. The significant responsibilities of Army officership come with substantial rewards. In addition to a very nice salary, the Army provides health, medical, and dental care for you, and support for your family.
Of course, there is a commitment after college, but the benefits last a lifetime. Employers will seek your professionalism and leadership experience, your community will honor your service, and the people you manage during your civilian career will respect you for your Army service and for your highly polished leadership skills.
If you are ready to lead, serve your country, earn respectable compensation, and have more fun than you ever imagined possible in your career, contact:
LTC James Schreffler
Asst. Professor of Military Science
College of the Ozarks
Major (Ret) Doug Schenck
Missouri State University
c/o ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897-0001
(417)836-5791 / 5793