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Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.)

Military Science (Army R.O.T.C., St. Mary's University)

The Army maintains a senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at St. Mary's University. Four-year and two-year programs are available to male and female students.

By arrangement with the Alamo Community Colleges, the University of the Incarnate Word and Our Lady of the Lake University, the following course description also pertain to enrollees from those institutions in the St. Mary's Department of Military Science. A Leadership Laboratory is held every Wednesday afternoon for two hours, to further the development of leadership skills through a varied program consisting of field trips, practical exercises and visits to military installations. This laboratory is required each semester for all Military Science students. In most cases, ROTC cadets may receive an academic minor in Military Science.

Four-Year Program

The Basic Course, usually pursued concurrently with the freshman and sophomore years, is voluntary for students who are physically qualified for military training. There is no obligation incurred by non-scholarship cadets. Veterans who have served on active duty for a period of over one year and who have received an honorable discharge, or high school students that have completed 3 or 4 years of JROTC may be granted credit for basic course with concurrence of the Professional Military Science.

The Advanced Course may be pursued by students who are physically qualified and have met the standards prescribed by the Professor of Military Science in scholastic achievements and demonstrated leadership. Cadets are normally enrolled in the Advanced Course during their Junior and Senior Year or Graduate students pursuing a Master Degree. They are required to attend a five-week ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) the summer following their junior year. Upon satisfactory completion of LDAC and the academic work required for a degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Regular Army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard.

Two-Year Program

In addition to the standard four-year course outlined above, the St. Mary's University Military Science Dept. offers a two-year program for those who did not have or take the opportunity to complete the normal Basic Course. In order to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must successfully complete four weeks of leadership training provided at the Leadership Training Course (LTC) during the summer months prior to beginning their junior year or their first year of graduate school. If students desire to take advantage of this opportunity, they should communicate directly with the Professor of Military Science no later than March 1 of the year preceding the last two years at St. Mary's University. Those students seeking a Master Degree or Law Students are eligible to participate in our two-year program.

Scholarship and Remuneration

The Department of the Army offers 4, 3, and 2 year competitive scholarship assistance to qualifying ROTC students. This assistance consists of payment up to $25,000 a year to cover tuition and fees, a $1,200 a year book allotment, plus a grant to the ROTC cadet of $350 to $500 a month during the period of enrollment (not to exceed 40 months). The student needs NOT to be enrolled in the ROTC program prior to competing for a scholarship. Students interested in competing for scholarship assistance under this program should contact the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer.

Formally enrolled Advanced Course Students, not under the scholarship program, will be given a grant at the rate announced annually by the Secretary of the Army (currently this rate if $450 to $500 per month) not to exceed twenty months. During the LDAC, all students are paid at the rate of one half of the base pay per month of a second lieutenant in lieu of subsistence allowance.

Uniform and Equipment

All uniforms, textbooks and other equipment will be issued to students enrolled in Army ROTC courses. Students are responsible for maintenance and upkeep of all items issued to them.

Information and Equipment

The Professor of Military Science and the Army ROTC offices are locate on the bottom floor of Treadway Hall at St. Mary's University. The telephone number is 210-436-3415 or toll free at 1-866-STM-ROTC.