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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Military Science Program (Two-Year Program)

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Military Science Program Information

Department of Military Science
PO Box 70648
Phone: (423) 439-4269
Web Address:

The military science program is a cooperative enterprise between ETSU and the United States Army. The program is designed to develop the students’ managerial and leadership abilities, introduce students to the mission and organization of the United States Army and prepare advanced-course students for service as commissioned officers in the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.


An academic major in military science is not offered at ETSU. However, completion of the program qualifies the student for a commission as a second lieutenant.

Course Credit

Students interested in participating in the advanced phase may receive basic phase credit for having prior active or reserve component military service, three years of junior ROTC at the high school level, or for completion of ROTC Leaders Training Course (LTC).

ROTC Leaders Training Course (LTC)

This is a four-week, paid summer course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, designed for students who have two academic years remaining and who have not participated in the basic course program or received equivalency credit. LTC attendees receive pay and travel allowances. Training is practical in nature and consists of exercises in which the Cadet is an active participant. There are no military or other obligations for basic camp attendance. Students may earn up to six credits and a two-year Army ROTC scholarship.

ROTC Advanced Course

Advanced military science Cadets continue their studies in leadership and tactics with the scope of instruction expanded to include subjects such as military law, battle simulations, group dynamics, organizational management, and decision making. Advanced course contract students receive $420 per month up to a maximum of 20 months (equivalent to two academic years) and an appointment upon graduation as a Second Lieutenant. Contracted students incur a military obligation to the Active Army, the Reserve, or the National Guard. This obligation can consist of as little as three months active duty, with the remainder spent on Reserve, or National Guard status. Students who prefer Reserve or National Guard duty may be guaranteed that they will not be assigned to active duty except for the short period needed to complete a branch basic officer course (three- to six-months depending on the branch selected). Students interested in enrolling as a contract Cadet must contact the Department of Military Science for specific program requirements, guarantees, benefits, and military information.

Leader Development and Assessment Course

Advanced course (LDAC) cadets are required to attend the four-week Leader Development and Assessment course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, upon completion of the junior year of military science. LDAC attendance is a prerequisite to commissioning but may be delayed until completion of the senior year with the approval of the United States Army and the professor of Military Science at ETSU.

Course Sequence Requirements

To receive a commission in the United States Army through the military science program, a student must successfully complete 6 credits of Leadership Training Course, 19 credits at the advanced level (3100 or 4100 courses) and ROTC Advanced Camp (6 credits).

The following sequence will be utilized to obtain a commission as a Second Lieutenant.


The Chair of the Department of Military Science may make exceptions to this policy under unusual circumstances.

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