School of Military Sciences

Military Science

The Army ROTC program at Texas A&M is the oldest on campus and is the largest ROTC program in the United States. Aggie ROTC graduates are renowned throughout the Army and the business world for their expertise, competence and leadership abilities. They are proud to contribute to the heritage of the "Fightin' Texas Aggies."

The Army has the career field to match a student's education and interests, with no restrictions on the major field of study or discipline. Army ROTC classes are unique in the college curriculum in offering both instruction and the opportunity to develop leadership. The student who takes Army ROTC may enter such diverse career fields as aviation, engineering, law enforcement, medical services, armor, infantry, artillery, communications, finance, personnel administration, transportation, military intelligence, and research and development. Opportunities in Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces specialties also are available. Additionally, qualified applicants may compete to be granted delayed entry while pursuing medical or law degrees.

Army ROTC is divided into two parts: The Basic and Advanced Courses. The Basic Course is taken in the freshman and sophomore years. Course work covers the areas of applied management principles; national defense and leadership development; military courtesy, discipline and customs; and map reading, marksmanship and land navigation. Uniforms and the necessary textbooks are furnished. There is no military commitment for participation in the Basic Course. The Advanced Course is taken in the final two years of college and includes "Warrior Forge" (formerly known as the National Advanced Leadership Camp) taken during the summer of either the junior or senior year. Instruction includes advanced leadership development, organization ethics and professionalism, management, small unit tactics, administration, and military law. Warrior Forge permits the cadet to put into practice in the field the principles and theories acquired in the classroom. All cadets in the Advanced Course receive a tiered subsistence allowance of up to $500 per month and are paid approximately $800 for attending the Advanced Camp. Selected cadets may attend special schools such as Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, and Mountain Warfare. Additionally, qualified students may join the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve, which will earn them approximately $250 per month. The total dollar amount for those students can reach $750 per month during their junior and senior years in ROTC. A tuition assistance program also is available through the Army Reserves and Texas National Guard, which pay between 75 to 100% tuition costs.

Army ROTC cadets receiving commissions may serve as officers in either of two ways. At Texas A&M, the cadet may request to go on to active duty with the U.S. Army following graduation or to pursue a civilian career upon completion of the officer's basic schooling while remaining affiliated with the Army Reserve or National Guard.

The Army ROTC Scholarship program awards four-year and three-year advance designee scholarships, on a competitive basis, to students entering ROTC as college freshmen. Two-year and three-year scholarships also are available for college students already enrolled in ROTC. These scholarships pay the cost of tuition, required fees and a flat rate textbook allowance for the duration of the award. They also provide a tiered subsistence allowance of up to $500 per month. In all, a four-year scholarship is worth over $45,000 at Texas A&M.

Army ROTC has both two-year and three-year programs that are designed for transfer students and other students who have not taken Army ROTC during their first two years. Students can take advantage of the two-year program by successfully completing a six-week Leadership Training Course (LTC) after their sophomore year. The three-year program (for students starting as sophomores) can be completed by compressing basic course classes. Qualified veterans may enroll directly into the ROTC Advanced Course. Veterans in the Advanced Program receive a tiered subsistence allowance of up to $500 per month in addition to their veterans benefits.

The U.S. Army Health Profession Scholarship Program offers a unique opportunity for financial support to cadets who desire to continue their education beyond their undergraduate work by enrolling in a program leading to a professional degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

Army ROTC members are leaders in a wide variety of University activities. Rudder's Rangers, the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, Student Government, campus athletics, the Ross Volunteer Company, Parsons Mounted Calvary, and the Society of American Military Engineers are but a few of the many activities in which Army cadets are involved.

The "Aggie Warrior Battalion" Army ROTC program provides the opportunity to receive an officer's commission and college degree simultaneously. The military science faculty and staff are dedicated to providing well-educated commissioned officers and to ensuring that the Aggie ROTC graduate continues to be recognized as an outstanding member of the U.S. Army Officer Corps.

For more information on Army ROTC programs, contact the Military Science Department at (979) 845-2814.