13: ROTC, Student Affairs, and Student Services

ROTC Programs | Student Affairs | Student Services

Air Force ROTC | Army ROTC | Naval ROTC | Faculty


The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) was established on Grounds in 1948. The Department of Military Science offers a general military science curriculum which provides eligible students with the opportunity to compete for a commission in the United States Army. The program is of special significance to the University since it was Thomas Jefferson who advocated by letter to James Madison in 1813, that "We must--make military instruction a regular part of collegiate instruction. We can never be safe till this is done." Students who satisfactorily complete the Army ROTC program and University requirements for a baccalaureate degree qualify for a commission as second lieutenants in the United States Army. The Department of Military Science offers a four-year program that is open to both men and women. The program is divided into two courses, Basic and Advanced.

All enrolled cadets register for one military science course and for MISC 001 (Leadership Applications) lab each semester.

Department of Military Science
Room B-030 New Cabell Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(804) 924-7101

Scholarship Programs   Merit-based financial assistance is offered to qualified students through four-, three-, and two-year scholarships. Selected cadets receive tuition assistance (up to $16,000 per year), $450 per year for books and equipment, and a $150 per month stipend during the school year. Students can apply for these scholarships during their junior or senior year in high school as well as during their first or second year of college.

Basic Course   The Basic Course is a two-year program coinciding with the first two years of a four-year academic program at the University. Students do not incur any military service obligation by enrolling in the Basic Course. Successful completion of the Basic Course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Course.

Second-year students and transfer students who were unable to take ROTC during the first two years of college are eligible for a compressed program. Graduate students are also eligible. Students selected must successfully complete a six-week basic camp during the summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Students are provided transportation, food, lodging, and cadet pay when attending the camp. Basic camp qualifies the student to enter the Advanced Course.

Professional Military Education   In addition to the courses listed below, all students enrolled in ROTC must complete one course in the following subjects: computer science, English writing, and military history. These requirements must be met prior to graduation.

Course Descriptions

MISC 001 - (1) (S)
Leadership Applications

Basic leadership skills taught through classroom instruction, practical, and field exercises. Emphasis is placed on small unit leadership techniques and hands-on, practical experiences. Cadets are actively involved in the planning, conduct, and evaluation of the training in order to effectively develop small unit leadership and precomissioning skills.

MISC 110 - (1) (Y)
Introduction to Military Science I

Introduction to the professional United States Army. Instruction includes: customs and traditions; roles of the Active Army, Reserves and National Guard; and establishing a physical fitness program. Communication skills are developed through written and oral exercises.

MISC 120 - (1) (Y)
Introduction to Military Science II

Continues to build on foundations established in MISC 110. Instruction includes: career branches; principles of war; and basic foundations of leadership. Concepts are applied to the historical battle at Gettysburg.

MISC 210 - (3) (IR)
American Military History

This course is a survey study of American Military History, concentrating on the U.S. Army from the colonial period up to the present day.

MISC 211 - (1) (Y)
Basic Military Skills I

This course concentrates on teaching small unit leadership and the role of the Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army.

MISC 221 - (1) (Y)
Basic Military Skills II

This course includes advanced land navigation techniques and movement techniques used at the small unit level. Also, students learn the fundamentals of first aid

MISC 310 - (2) (Y)
Tactical Concepts I

Instruction and practical exercises on planning, conducting, and evaluating training at small unit level. Students examine command and staff relationships, and the principles of fire support for combined arms operations.

MISC 320 - (2) (Y)
Tactical Concepts II

Introduces students to small unit tactics, operations, and communications used in the offense and defense at the squad and platoon level.

MISC 410 - (2) (Y)
Ethics, Professionalism and Military Law

Introduces military professionalism and ethics and the military justice system. Examines the profession of arms' characteristics, uniqueness, roles and responsibilities. Develops basic understanding of the soldier's responsibility to the Army and the nation, and the need for ethical conduct. Improves ethical decision-making skills.

MISC 420 - (2) (Y)
Military Leadership

A study of the principles, concepts, and traits of military leadership. Students study small unit leadership problems, the types and methods of counseling, and how to develop and improve their personal style of effective leadership.

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