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Military Science—Army ROTC


1910 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3411; www.badgerrotc.com

Professor Lieutenant Colonel Henderson; Assistant Professor Mahnke

Enrollment Officer: Tonia Mahnke

The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is the nation's largest leadership and management-development training program. It offers the opportunity to qualify for a commission as a second lieutenant for Active Duty, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard while pursuing an academic degree. It enables young men and women to prepare themselves to be leaders in the Army or the civilian career field of their choice. The traditional four-year Army ROTC Program is divided into a two-year Basic Course and a two-year Advanced Course. A student enrolled in the Basic Course does not incur a military service obligation.

Basic Course

This instruction introduces the student to fundamental military and leadership subjects. It is normally taken over four successive semesters, but may be completed in as few as two semesters. Students should discuss available options with the Military Science Enrollment Officer before registering for courses if they have fewer than four semesters to complete the Basic Course.

The regular curriculum consists of a lecture and lab each semester. Freshmen are encouraged to take Military Science (Mil Sci) 101 and 110 in the fall and Mil Sci 102 and 111 in the spring. Sophomores are encouraged to take Mil Sci 201 and 210 in the fall and Mil Sci 202 and 211 in the spring. Students can enroll in a lecture without enrolling in the lab, but cannot enroll in a lab without the corresponding lecture. Labs are intended to provide practical leadership experience and military skills training such as map reading, land navigation, field training, and rifle/pistol marksmanship.

Advanced Course

Students who have completed the Basic Course or an equivalency (see Two-Year Program) pass a medical examination, and meet commissioning criteria may apply to the Professor of Military Science for entry into the Advanced Course. This course consists of Mil Sci 301, 302, 401, 402 and corresponding labs, with a five-week summer camp (Leadership Development Assessment Course) at a military installation in the United States. The Advanced Course curriculum involves lectures, leadership laboratories, and physical fitness training sessions. The labs and physical training sessions are intended to provide practical leadership opportunities while preparing students for summer camp. Students normally attend summer camp between their junior and senior years of military science. Satisfactory completion of each component of this course is mandatory for students seeking a commission.

Two-Year Program

Students who are veterans, members of the Army National Guard/Army Reserve, or who have participated in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Program in high school may qualify for direct entry into the Advanced Course. Students who did not complete the ROTC Basic Course (see above), but have two years of academic study remaining are eligible to attend the Leader’s Training Course. This course compresses two years of the Basic Course into four weeks and is held at Fort Knox every summer. Students who believe they qualify for this program should consult with the Military Science Enrollment Officer for more information.


Qualified freshman and sophomore students may compete for Army ROTC scholarships ranging from two to four years in duration. Students need to be enrolled and participating in Army ROTC to be eligible for these scholarships. These scholarships are awarded solely on merit. They pay full tuition, selected fees, a $600/semester allowance for textbooks and an allowance of $300–$500 for each month of the regular school year. Interested students should consult with the Military Science Enrollment Officer for more detailed information concerning the scholarship eligibility requirements. Applications are accepted year round. For additional information about Army ROTC, students may contact Tonia Mahnke in the Department of Military Science, 1910 Linden Drive, 608-262-9758.