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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Military Science Program (Minor)

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Department of Military Science

Military Science Program Information

Box 70648
Phone: (423) 439-4269

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 Basic Course

Any student may enroll without obligation in the Department of Military Science’s Basic Course Classes. Those classes listed as 1200- and 2100-series classes are considered part of the Basic Course of military science. Students desiring to enter the Advanced Course of the ROTC program through the four-year program must complete all four Basic Course Classes. In certain cases, the professor of Military Science may waive one of these class requirements.

The basic phase is designed to introduce the United States Army as an institution, the military as a profession, and to impart to all students basic leadership skills which can be used in a civilian environment as well as in the military. The basic phase includes both formal classroom instruction and field practice periods. Subject matter deals with the organization and history of the United States Army, the dynamics of leadership and management, military skills, and mountaineering.

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 credit hours 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 from $450 to $500 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 Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, 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 17 credit hours of courses at the basic level (1200 or 2100 courses), 19 hours at the advanced level (3100 or 4100 courses) and ROTC Advanced Camp (six semester credit hours). Equivalency credit may be given for the basic level courses for those cadets who are (1) veterans, (2) graduates of junior ROTC programs, or (3) graduates of the ROTC Leaders Training Course.

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

Military Science Minor Program Information

Students may select Military Science as a minor in one of two ways. The first option (non-commissioning) consists of 18 semester hours of study: Military Science III (MSCI 3110  and MSCI 3120 ); Military Science IV (MSCI 4110  and MSCI 4120 ); Military History (MSCI 4582 ) OR War in the Modern World (HIST 3940 ); and World War II in Europe (HIST 4927 ) OR World War II in the Pacific (HIST 4937 ).

The second option (commissioning) consists of 25 semester hours of study: Military Science III (MSCI 3110  and MSCI 3120 ); Military Science IV (MSCI 4110  and MSCI 4120 ); Military History (MSCI 4582 ) OR War in the Modern World (HIST 3940 ); Leadership Development and Assessment (MSCI 4580 ); and Physical Fitness Instructor (MSCI 3217 ) for 4 hours.

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