The goal of the U.S. 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 Army 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. 2102-2111). Specific rules and procedures are found in U.S. Army Regulation
ROTC classes may be taken for elective credit toward any degree plan at the University
of Houston. 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 five-week
advanced camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, normally between their junior and senior
The basic course consists of four semesters of military science which includes: MSCI 121, 122, 221, and 222. 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 Army 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 four week "Leader's Training Course" 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 the "Leader's Training Course." The Army provides transportation, room, and board. Students are paid approximately
$700 for the four week period.
A military science laboratory is required for students enrolling in MSCI 121, 122, 221, 222, 331, 332, 431 or 432. 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/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 members of the Army Reserve/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 tuition. Recipients will also receive
benefits for educational fees (to include lab fees), a book allowance and a subsistence
allowance of $500 per month. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be under age
30 on the anticipated graduation date. Applications are available from the Military
Other Financial Aid
All students enrolled in the Advanced Course will receive a subsistence allowance
of $450 per month for juniors and $500 per month for seniors. For more information
contact the Military Science Department. 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 U.S. 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 $500 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 sponsors extracurricular activities
such as the University of Houston Color Guard; the Ranger Challenge Team.