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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Military Science

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Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Looking to become a leader? Army ROTC is offered through the cooperation of the Georgia Institute of Technology to provide students with career options that lead to commissions as officers in the Active Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserves. All classes and leadership labs are offered at KSU.

Program Information

The ROTC program is divided into the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) and the Advanced Course (junior and senior years). There is no military obligation incurred for enrollment in the Basic Course. After successfully completing the Basic Course, students who have demonstrated leadership potential, passed the qualifying exams and have three academic semesters remaining to graduation are eligible for the Advance Course. Students can also qualify for the Advance Course if they have completed basic training and advanced individual training in any military branch. In addition, students who did not take ROTC during their freshman or sophomore years can qualify for the Advance Course by successfully completing the four-week Leader’s Training Course (LTC) any summer prior to their junior year.

Training and books are paid for through the ROTC program. All contracted cadets receive a tax-free monthly stipend ranging from to $300-$500. Students also receive approximately $850 while attending a 33 day Leaders Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) between the junior and senior year. The starting pay of a second lieutenant is over $39,000 per year, plus benefits. After four years of active duty service, the salary is over $59,000 a year, plus benefits.

Sophomores through seniors can participate in the Army ROTC program and serve in the National Guard or Reserves at the same time. This program is called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). SMP cadets are non-deployable to ensure completion of academic degrees. These cadets receive a monthly allowance, as well as their reserve pay at the grade of sergeant, E5. The National Guard and Reserves both provide SMP cadets up to $4,500 in tuition assistance per year.

In-college scholarships

Full one and a half, to four-year scholarships are available to highly qualified students. Selection is based upon performance to date, SAT and ACT scores, extracurricular activities and leadership potential. Scholarships include full payment of tuition and $900 towards books per year. For more information about Army ROTC, contact the Military Science Department at 770-423-6229 or via e-mail at

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a two to four-year educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing a degree. The Air Force ROTC program is designed to prepare persons to assume positions of increasing responsibility and offers a wide variety of challenging opportunities for professional growth. Some sample careers are: Pilot, Navigator, Aircraft Maintenance, Missiles, Engineering, Scientific and Developmental Fields, Computer Science, Law, Health Services and Management.

Academic schedule

Freshmen and sophomores attend a 50-minute class on Tuesday, and Leadership Lab (50 minutes) on both Tuesdays and Thursdays (3 hours per week total). The Leadership Labs consist of drill and ceremony practice, guest speakers from across the nation, athletic competitions, and other cadet activities. Juniors and seniors attend a 80-minute class each Tuesday and Thursday in addition to the Leadership Lab (5 hours per week). All cadets are required to wear their Air Force uniform throughout both days.

Obligation after commissioning

Upon graduation from school, and completing all Air Force requirements, the student will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force and have a 4-year active duty commitment. Navigators and pilots, respectively, have 8-year and 10-year commitments.


Students who are interested in enrolling in Air Force ROTC courses leading to a commission in the United States Air Force can do so through the cross-registration process at their school. Contact the Detachment 165 Unit Admissions Officer at 404-894-4175 for more information.

Field training

Field Training is, in most cases, a cadet’s first exposure to a working Air Force environment. The program is designed to develop military leadership and discipline, and to provide Air Force officer orientation and motivation. At the same time, the Air Force evaluates each cadet’s potential as an officer. Field training includes Air Force professional development orientation, marksmanship training, junior officer training, physical fitness, and survival training.

In-college scholarships

Air Force ROTC can help you with the high cost of getting your degree. As an Air Force ROTC cadet you are entitled to many benefits. Some of them are:

  • Up to $15,000 per academic year to cover tuition, lab and incidental fees, $900 for textbooks, and $250-$400 a month tax-free allowance;
  • Free Air Force uniforms and textbooks;
  • Management training and opportunities to apply leadership principles;
  • At most schools, academic credit for your Air Force ROTC classes
  • Travel on military aircraft on a space-available basis if you are on Air Force ROTC scholarship or in the Professional Officer Course.

Pre-Health Professions and Armed Forces Health Professions Program

A Pre-Health Professions Program designation is offered to encourage students to earn commissions through Air Force ROTC and continue their education in medical or osteopathic school. You must apply before the end of your sophomore year. You will also be guaranteed additional tuition assistance for graduate-level health schooling expenses under the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. When you are accepted to your graduate-level health professions school, you will be granted the scholarship and transferred into the Air Force Medical Corps. Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship participants incur an additional active-duty service commitment.

Nursing Scholarships

Air Force ROTC offers a variety of scholarships for nursing that cover most tuition, books, and lab fees. The goal of the Nursing scholarships is to allow nursing students to complete their degree debt free, while acquiring a valuable resource to the Air Force’s medical staff.

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