Major McBride-Rentschler, Chairperson
The Department of Military Science provides a program of leadership development which prepares college men and women for service as officers in the United States Army. After graduation, they serve as commissioned officers on active duty, or as an officer in an Army Reserves or Army National Guard unit. To accomplish this, the Department of Military Science:
Prepares cadets to be commissioned as second lieutenants through a curriculum which develops leadership and management skills and provides opportunities to utilize these skills in a variety of practical applications.
Provides an understanding of how to lead and influence small organizations, with a strong emphasis on personal integrity, ethical decision making, goal setting, and mission accomplishment.
Offers adventure training, such as rappelling, land navigation, marksmanship, and, for selected cadets, airborne and air assault training as well as the opportunity to serve with active Army units, worldwide, during the summer.
Provides programs and experiences which increase self-confidence, self-discipline, physical stamina, poise, and other attributes essential to the development of a leader of character who is prepared to serve the nation or the Commonwealth of Virginia both in and out of uniform.
The curriculum and leader development programs of the Department of Military Science are both mentally and physically challenging. Cadets learn individual soldier skills and undergo physical conditioning beginning in the freshman year. On-campus instruction is done both in the classroom and in the field environment. Field trips expand the general knowledge of cadets and provide opportunities for practical leadership experience.
Summer Leadership Evaluations occur between the junior and senior years at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Army ROTC offers the conventional four-year program for students entering as freshmen. A three-year program for sophomores is also available. Additionally, a two-year program is offered for students who have been unable to participate as freshmen or sophomores. Placement credit may be requested by students currently serving in the Army Reserve or National Guard, or by those who have had prior active service.
Cadets enrolled in the junior and senior years of ROTC and cadets on scholarship are paid a tax-free monthly stipend of ranging from $350 to $550 per month during each school year. The department also offers two and three-year competitive scholarships. Four-year competitive scholarships are offered by the U.S. Army during the senior year of high school. Applications for these scholarships are available through the department.
Leadership and Military Science Minor