Physical Education Building 110
Patrick O'Rourke, Commander
Patrick O'Rourke, M.A. (Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army)
Assistant Professors: Lawrence Barton, Jr., B.A. (Major, U.S. Army); Angel Ortiz, M.A. (Major, U.S. Army)
The Department of Military Science provides professional training for students leading to a commission, upon graduation, in the Active Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Through the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Program (AROTC), scholarship students receive up to $28,600 in yearly benefits. Scholarships are available in all majors. Scholarships are also available for Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty. Military Science instruction is focused on hands-on leadership development and the practical application of military skills needed to produce America's future leaders. Additionally, military science courses count as electives in many degree programs. MS 101 and MS 102 are open to students who are not enrolled in the program, but have an interest in leadership, management, military history or military training. Enrollment in the Army ROTC program is open to qualified full-time students.
The majority of Army ROTC cadets attend USC on Army scholarships. All Army scholarships are merit based and are not dependent on individual financial need.
Scholarships are available for both Active Duty and Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified applicants for two-, three- or four-year periods depending on the applicant's academic level and program of study. Scholarship cadets receive up to $28,600 in yearly benefits.
Contracted scholarship and non-scholarship cadets can receive a monthly stipend of up to $400 per month subsistence allowance. Contracted scholarship cadets receive an annual $600 book allowance. All enrolled scholarship and non-scholarship cadets receive uniforms and military science textbooks from the department.
The four-year military science curriculum is designed to be part of the student's undergraduate degree program. During the freshman and sophomore years, students receive introductory instruction in the theory of warfare, military history, military leadership and basic military skills. Cadets participate during their junior and senior years in a professional development program with instruction in leadership, management, military justice and advanced military skills.
The three-year program is available to qualified sophomore undergraduate students. Students may compress the first two years of the ROTC program by attending two ROTC classes per semester during their sophomore year. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, for students with three years remaining toward the completion of their undergraduate degree. Transfer students who meet the same criteria are also eligible for scholarships. Upon acceptance, students then follow the military science program described for the four-year program.
The two-year program is available to qualified junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students who have two years of academic work remaining. Veterans who have achieved junior academic status and meet enrollment criteria are also eligible for this program. Students may receive credit for the first two years of the ROTC program by attending the ROTC Leaders Training Course or by previous junior ROTC participation. Active duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, for students with two years remaining toward completion of their undergraduate degrees. Transfer students who meet the same criteria are also eligible for scholarships. Upon acceptance, students then follow the military science program described for junior and senior cadets in the four-year program.
Several military training programs are available to qualified cadets. A five-week paid Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, qualifies students for the two-year program. All cadets attend a 32-day paid ROTC National Advanced Leaders Course at Fort Lewis, Washington, after their junior year. This course provides practical application of advanced military and leadership skills required for commissioning.
Qualified candidates may also receive training in Airborne school (parachuting), Air Assault school (rappelling from helicopters), Cadet Troop Leadership Training (training in Army units around the world) and in Northern Warfare school (Arctic survival).