UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Military Science


The ROTC program provides University students with leadership, management, and tactical skills that enable transition to military duty.

ROTC is not a major field of study. Rather, it is a program in which students pursue a baccalaureate degree and take leadership, management, and other military-oriented courses that qualify them to accept a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard upon graduation. The program provides a general knowledge of the contemporary role of the Army in support of national objectives and affords a practicum in leadership and management skills. Credits earned in military science courses apply toward graduation requirements.

The Army ROTC program is divided into two parts, the basic course (freshman and sophomore years) and the advanced course (junior and senior years). Both courses are administered at Marquette University. Students enrolled in ROTC must pay a one-time, $25 part-time studies application fee. Credit hours earned at Marquette University are transferred to UWM student transcripts and count towards GPA and elective credit.

The Army ROTC program offers scholarship opportunities to qualified students. Scholarships vary in length and pay a predetermined amount for tuition, books, and fees. Students also may be members of reserve or national guard units while taking the advanced course under the Simultaneous Member Program. Advanced course students receive $100 per month for up to 20 months.

Basic Course. Students enrolled in the ROTC basic course have no military obligation.

Advanced Course. Successful completion of the ROTC advanced course leads to a commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from UWM in the Regular Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. In addition to fulfilling program requirements, advanced-course students attend an advanced camp for six weeks at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the summer between the junior and senior years.

To qualify for entry into the advanced course, students must either complete successfully the basic course and the Army ROTC basic camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, or receive constructive credit for the basic course for veteran status or high school ROTC experience.

Veterans and students with high school ROTC experience may be given constructive credit for the ROTC basic course, as determined on an individual basis by the professor of military science, enabling them to enter the advanced course at the beginning of the junior year.

For more information about enrolling in either the basic or the advanced course, contact the Marquette University Department of Military Science, 1508 W. Clybourn St., Milwaukee, WI 53233, (414) 288-7195.

Air Force ROTC

UWM students have the opportunity to participate fully in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Program. Students enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program attend AFROTC courses at Marquette University.

Through this program, UWM offers its students the opportunity to prepare for initial active duty assignments as Air Force Commissioned Officers. In order to receive a commission, AFROTC cadets must complete all university requirements for a degree and courses specified by the Air Force. AFROTC offers four-, three-, and two-year programs leading to a commission as an Air Force officer. Four-year program students complete the general military course and the professional officer course, in addition to a four-week summer field-training program between their second and third years in the program. Two-year students complete only the professional officer course, but have a five-week summer field-training program before entering the professional officer course.

General qualifications:

  • Be a full-time student;
  • Be a United States citizen (for scholarship appointment);
  • Be in good physical condition;
  • Be of good moral character;
  • For pilot or navigator training, fulfill all commissioning requirements before age 26 1/2;
  • For scholarship recipients, fulfill all commissioning requirements before age 27 on June 30 in the estimated year of commissioning; and
  • For non-scholarship students, fulfill all commissioning requirements before age 30.

    General Military Course.
    The first- and second-year educational program in Air Force Aerospace Studies consists of a series of one-hour courses designed to give students basic information on world military systems and the role of the U.S. Air Force in the defense of the free world. All required textbooks and uniforms are provided free. The general military course is open to all students at UWM without advance application and does not obligate students to the Air Force in any way.

    Field Training. AFROTC Field Training is offered during the summer months at selected Air Force bases throughout the U.S. and provides leadership and officership training in a structured military environment. Major areas of study include physical training, drill and ceremony, marksmanship, and survival training. The Air Force pays all expenses associated with field training.

    Professional Officer Course. The third and fourth years of Air Force Aerospace Studies are designed to develop skills and attitudes vital to the professional officer. Students completing the professional officer course are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Air Force upon college graduation. All students in the professional officer course receive a nontaxable subsistence allowance of $200 per month during the academic year. Students wanting to enter the professional officer course should apply early in the spring semester in order to begin this course of study in the following fall semester.

    Leadership Laboratory. Leadership laboratory is a cadet-centered activity. It is largely cadet planned and directed, in line with the premise that it provides leadership training experience that will improve a cadet's ability to perform as an Air Force officer. The freshman and sophomore leadership laboratory program introduces Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, wearing the uniform, career opportunities in the Air Force, education and training benefits, the life and work of an Air Force officer, and opportunities for field trips to Air Force installations throughout the U.S. Initial experiences include preparing the cadet for individual squadron and flight movements in drill and ceremonies and for the field training assignment prior to the junior year.

    The junior and senior leadership laboratory program involves the cadets in advanced leadership experiences. Cadet responsibilities include planning and directing the activities of the cadet corps, preparing briefings and written communications, and providing interviews, guidance, information and other services that will increase the performance and motivation of other cadets.

    AFROTC College Scholarship and Scholarship Action Programs. These programs provide scholarships to selected students participating in AFROTC. While participating in AFROTC, students receive $200 per month along with paid tuition, fees, and a fixed textbook reimbursement. To be eligible for either of these programs, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be at least 17 years of age on the date of enrollment and under 27 years of age on June 30 of the estimated year of commissioning;
  • Pass an Air Force physical exam;
  • Be selected by a board of Air Force officers;
  • Have no moral objections or personal convictions that prevent bearing arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic (applicants must not be conscientious objectors);
  • Achieve a passing score on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test; and
  • Maintain a quality grade point average.

    High school students can apply for scholarships late in their junior year or early in their senior year; pre-applicant questionnaires are available from high school guidance counselors or any Air Force recruiting office. Completed pre-applicant questionnaires should be mailed as soon as possible (to meet the earliest selection board) but will not be accepted if mailed after December 1 of the year before entering college. For students already enrolled at UWM, three- and two-year scholarships are available. Applications are submitted directly to the Department of Aerospace Studies at Marquette University.

    For more information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies at Marquette University, (414) 288-7682.

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