The basic course (Military Science I and II) is composed of the first four semesters of military science. No active duty commitment is required of students taking the basic course.
The advanced course (Military Science III and IV) is composed of the last four semesters of military science. It includes a six-week summer camp at an army installation at the end of the junior year. The student successfully completing the advanced course with a minimum grade of C will, upon graduation, be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Freshman and Sophomore Years
The general requirements for admission in the basic course ROTC program are:
- be physically qualified;
- be not less than seventeen years of age.
Junior and Senior Years Continuation Standards
All cadets enrolled in the advanced course of the Army ROTC who seek a commission must:
- Have either completed the basic course, three (3) years junior ROTC, have the required amount of prior military service or completed the four-week basic summer camp. The basic summer camp is designed specifically to fill the needs of community and junior college graduates and students of four-year colleges who have not taken ROTC during their first two years. By attending the four-week camp, students qualify to enter ROTC directly as a junior simultaneously earning approximately $600. Attendance does not obligate an individual to enter the advanced ROTC program. Applicant must contact the Military Science Department to process early during the spring semester.
- Have two academic years of college remaining, either graduate or undergraduate.
- Be enrolled as a full-time student at UTC or other accredited institution in the Chattanooga area.
- Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher to remain in program.
- Meet military screening and physical requirements.
Regularly enrolled students who meet the academic prerequisites and do not desire commission may take individual courses as electives with the approval of the department head and their academic advisor.
Uniforms and Pay
Uniforms are issued to enrolled ROTC students; textbooks for ROTC are provided. Issue items must be returned at the end of the school year or upon disenrollment from the ROTC program. Advanced course ROTC students sign a contract with the U.S. Government which requires them to complete the advanced course and accept a commission upon graduation. Basic course students may contract upon meeting eligibility requirements. All contracted students receive a monthly stipend commensurate with their Military Science Level while enrolled in the program, and approximately $500 for attending summer camp plus travel pay to and from summer camp. Scholarships are also available for qualifying students.
For information about Army ROTC scholarships, see the financial aid section of this catalog or contact the Department of Military Science