(Cooperative Program with University of Houston)
To register for courses, inquire in the Department of Social Sciences, 713-221-8014. For all other purposes, contact the Military Science program at UH, 713-743-3875.
Lt. Col. Anthony Landry, Chair
The goal of the US Army ROTC program is to develop technically competent, physically fit and highly motivated men and women for positions of responsibility as commissioned officers in the active Army, the Army Reserve and National Guard. Upon completion of the curriculum, students will have an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of the military as an art and as a science. The leadership and managerial experience gained through ROTC provides great benefit for students in both their civilian endeavors and their military careers.
General statutory authority for establishment and operation of the ROTC program, including the scholarship program, is contained in Title 10, United States Code, Chapter 103 (Sec. 21022111). Specific rules and procedures are found in US Army Regulation 145-1.
ROTC classes may be taken for elective credit toward any degree plan at the University of Houston-Downtown. Freshman and sophomore level classes are open to all students, regardless of age or physical condition. No military obligation is incurred as a result of enrollment in these courses. Junior and senior level courses are more restrictive and do require a military obligation. ROTC scholarship students also incur a military obligation.
The four-year program is divided into two courses: the basic course, which is normally attended by students during their freshman and sophomore years, and the advanced course, attended during the junior and senior years. Advanced course students attend a six-week advanced camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, normally between their junior and senior years.
The basic course consists of four semesters of military science, which includes: MSCI 1210, 1220, 2210 and 2220. These freshman and sophomore level classes are open to all students without obligation.
Students entering the advanced course must enter into a contract to pursue and accept a commission in the active Army, the Army Reserve or the National Guard. To be considered for contracting into the advanced course, the student must be a full-time student in a course of instruction that leads to a degree in a recognized academic field, have a minimum of two years of academic work remaining in a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate or advanced degree, be under age 30 when commissioned, and pass a physical examination.
The two-year program is designed for students who did not take the basic course but are otherwise eligible to enroll in the advanced course. This program allows students completing their sophomore year to attend a five-week “basic camp” during June and July at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in lieu of taking the first two years of ROTC. There is no military obligation for attending Basic Camp. The Army provides transportation, room, and board. Students are paid approximately $700 for the five-week period.
A military science laboratory is required for students enrolling in MSCI 1210, 1220, 2210, 2220, 3310, 3320, 4310 and 4320. This laboratory provides opportunities for marksmanship training, rappelling, drill and ceremonies, communications training, and other activities.
Veterans who have served on active duty or in the Army Reserve or National Guard are also eligible for the ROTC program. Although veterans are not required to take the Basic Course, they are encouraged to do so. All students, including veterans, must have a minimum of 60 credit hours prior to enrolling in the Advanced Course.
National Guard and Army Reserve Members
Students enrolled in ROTC may also be a member of the Army Reserve or National Guard. Through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), those students enrolled in the Advanced Course will be assigned in a leadership position as a cadet and receive pay and entitlements from the Guard or Reserve in the pay grade of Sergeant (E-5).
The United States Army offers, on a competitive nationwide basis, four-, three-, and two-year scholarships. The scholarships will cover up to $16,000 of tuition. Recipients will also receive benefits for educational fees (to include lab fees), a book allowance and a subsistence allowance of $200 per month. Applicants must be US citizens and must be under age 27 on the anticipated graduation date. Applications are available from the military science department. Veteran applicants can extend the age limit up to a maximum of three years, based on prior active duty service.
Other Financial Aid
All students enrolled in the Advanced Course will receive a subsistence allowance of $200 per month. For more information contact the Military Science Department at the University of Houston (713-743-3875). GI Bill® recipients still retain benefits.
Members of the Army or the National Guard, Texas State Guard, or other reserve forces may be exempted from the nonresident tuition fee and other fees and charges.
Basic and advanced course students may volunteer for and attend the US Army Airborne and Air Assault courses during June, July and August. Cadet Troop Leadership training positions are also available to Advanced Course cadets during the summer months.
Cadets in the Advanced Course are paid an allowance of $200 per month during the school year. Military textbooks and uniforms are furnished to all cadets. The Corps of Cadets sponsors an annual military ball in addition to other social events throughout the school year. The Department of Military Science at the University of Houston sponsors extracurricular activities such as the University of Houston Color Guard and the Ranger Challenge Team.