Welcome to Military Science
For more than 50 years, The “Braves Battalion” has prepared Alcorn students to serve as leaders in the U.S. Army, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard. You have the opportunity to join more than 500 graduates who have been commissioned as Second Lieutenants, with many of them going on to distinguished military careers. Develop the character and leadership skills you need to serve your country and your profession through Army ROTC, supported by scholarships or stipends for eligible students. While on campus, you’ll have the opportunity to provide color guard support at athletic events and to engage in community service events.
WHAT IS ARMY ROTC?
LEADERSHIP THAT LASTS A LIFETIME
Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.
o MS I = Freshmen
o MS II = Sophomore
o MS III = Junior / 1st Year Grad Student
o MS IV = Senior / 2nd Year Grad Student
The Cadet Career
o Primary focus on learning about the Army, customs, ranks, teamwork, leadership & personal development, etc.
o Primary focus is on learning basic Army skills and tactical leadership
o First leadership responsibilities (Team Leader)
o 31 Day Course at Ft Knox, KY
o Helps prepare Cadets for the Advanced Course
o Teaches basic Soldier individual skills
o Primary focus is honing basic Army and team leadership skills
o Platoon-level leadership position (Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Squad Leader, etc)
o Prepare for Advance Camp and accessions
o A 45 day course at Ft Knox, Kentucky
o All cadets from across the US must attend
o Normally the summer between MSIII and MSIV year
o Process that the Army uses to decide where each Cadet will serve (Active, National Guard, Reserves)
o Cadets selected for Active Duty will also compete for their branch (Infantry, Armor, etc.)
o Results released in the Fall semester of MS IV year
o Lead the Battalion, Leadership in a Complex World
o Prepare to be commissioned Officers in United States Army
o Cadets who have completed the ROTC curriculum but need additional semesters to complete their degree
What is Braves Cadet?
o Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)
o Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
o US Citizen
o Maintain a 2.0 GPA (semester and cumulative)
o Maintain a full time student status
o Be medically qualified
o Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test
o Maintain Height and Weight Standards
o Continue in the ROTC Program
o After graduation, serve 4 years Active or 8 years Reserves