Thomas, Roland W.
Professor – Military Science Instructor
B.A., Wayland Baptist University
MA., Webster University


two-Year Program

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.

Laboratory Requirements

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).