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Reserve Officer Training Corps Programs
Military Science

Department Overview

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The ROTC program provides students an opportunity to learn and practice the art of leading people. Recognizing there is a great difference between cognition and volition, the program is structured to give the student practical experience in leading and managing resources.

The Army ROTC (AROTC) program enables the student to learn about the military profession and the role it plays in our democratic system of government. Courses enable such knowledge to be acquired on campus without serving in the military forces.

Army ROTC electives enrich the student's course of study. Such courses also open up an additional career option, enabling the student to earn a commission and to serve in the Army as an officer, or in the Reserves or National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. Officers serve in a wide variety of career paths, including infantry, human resources, aviation, intelligence, automation, and hospital administration.

Army ROTC provides the student membership in a close-knit fraternal organization.

ROTC programs on college campuses ensure that the influences of higher education are transferred into the military services - a mandatory requirement in a democracy.

A minor in military science and leadership is available to any student at the UW. Requirements are shown below.

For information on the programs described below, contact the following:

Enrollment and Scholarship Officer
105 Clark, Box 353820
(206) 543-9010

Traditional Four-Year Program

Open to freshman and sophomore men and women. Academic studies include courses in military history, principles of leadership, techniques of instruction, management and staff procedures, logistics, physical conditioning, and military law. Extracurricular activities include such options as Ranger Company, color guard, training exercises, field trips, and related activities. A non-scholarship student incurs no obligation of any kind during the first two years of the four-year AROTC program.

Placement credit toward completion of AROTC courses may be given for prior ROTC or military training. Veterans routinely receive full credit for the first two years of AROTC and may enter the advanced course when they are academic juniors. All military textbooks and uniform items are furnished without charge. Students in the advanced course receive tax-free monthly subsistence of $350 per month as an academic junior and $400 per month as an academic senior. In the advanced course, cadets are required to participate in the leadership-development program, which is a practicum of skills and principles taught during the previous two years. Between their junior and senior years, cadets attend a five-week summer camp during which they receive varied and challenging training and for which they are paid both for the time at camp and for travel expenses to and from the camp location. Upon entering the advanced course, students agree to complete the program, accept a commission upon graduation, and serve a minimum of four years if scholarship (three years if non-scholarship) and be on active-duty commitment. If the cadet chooses to go into the Reserves or National Guard, then he or she serves a minimum of eight years.

Four-Year Scholarship Program

Application to this program should be made while the student is still in high school. Selection of students is made on a nationwide competitive basis. This program may lead to a commission in the Active Army, the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. All tuition, a flat rate for books and laboratory expenses, and uniform items, plus monthly tax-free stipends, are provided by the Army. The program requires four years of academic study on campus, as well as a five-week advanced camp training period between the junior and senior years, for which the cadet is paid for both time and travel expense to and from the camp location. Academic studies are identical to those of the traditional four-year program. The student must sign a contract wherein the student agrees to complete this program, along with a chosen academic program, to accept a commission, and to serve on active duty or in the reserve forces after commissioning.

Three-Year Scholarship Program

Open to qualified students already on campus. The scholarship provides financial assistance during the remaining years of the student's enrollment. Each scholarship pays for tuition and a flat rate for books and laboratory expenses and provides tax-free monthly stipends of $350 for academic juniors and $400 for academic seniors. All other advantages and obligations are the same as those of the four-year scholarship program.

Two-Year or Lateral Entry Program

Open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who have at least two years remaining in school and who have completed at least 81 credits. Students may qualify for entrance into the advanced course under this program in two ways.

  1. They may participate as qualified veterans who receive placement credit for the first two years of AROTC. Veterans are also eligible to compete for two- and three-year scholarships while receiving their educational benefits. Members of the Reserves and National Guard may also be eligible to participate in AROTC and receive their commission upon graduation.
  2. Requires attendance at the Leader's Trainers course for five weeks at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Completion of this training also qualifies students for direct entry into the advanced course. While at camp, students receive pay plus travel expenses to and from the camp location, and they may compete for two-year scholarships, provided scholarships are available.

Undergraduate Program

Enrollment and Scholarship Officer
105 Clark, Box 353820
(206) 543-9010

The Army ROTC program offers a minor in military science and leadership.


Minor requirements

27 credits, to include the following:

  1. M SCI 401, M SCI 402, M SCI 403 (9 credits)
  2. Additional military science coursework (18 credits)
  3. Minimum 18 credits of military science completed at the upper-division level
  4. Minimum 18 credits of military science completed in residence through the UW
  5. Minimum 2.5 grade in each course presented for the minor