Department of Military Science
The Army ROTC (AROTC) program at Texas A&M University is the oldest on campus. AROTC cadets are proud contributors to the heritage of the “Fightin’ Texas Aggies” also known as the “Warrior Battalion.” AROTC cadets are integrated in the Corps of Cadets and are leaders in a wide variety of university activities including Student Government, campus athletics, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band Ross Volunteer Company, Rudder’s Rangers, and Parsons Mounted Calvary. Members of the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team are selected from the student organization’s Rudder’s Rangers. The Ranger Challenge team is a perennial contender at both Regional and National levels, finishing in the top five at the Sandhurst competition hosted by the US Military Academy at West Point, New York in consecutive years.
The Army offers a diverse career field to match a student’s education and interests, with virtually no restrictions on the major field of study or discipline with the exception of General Studies. The AROTC student may enter career fields such as engineering, military intelligence, communications, cyber, logistics, finance, personnel administration, medical services, transportation, aviation, law enforcement, artillery, armor or infantry. Engineering students are eligible to participate in the University’s chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers.
Highly qualified applicants may compete to take part in the delayed entry program while pursuing medical or law degrees and selected cadets may attend specialty military training including Airborne, Air Assault, Cold Weather Operations Course, Jungle Warfare Course, Combat Diver Qualification Course, and Basic Mountaineering.
AROTC classes are unique in the college curriculum in offering both classroom instruction and hands-on leadership development opportunities. AROTC is divided into two parts: The Basic and Advanced Courses. The Basic Course (MLSC 100-200 series) is taken during freshman and sophomore years. Coursework covers the areas of military customs, leadership fundamentals, fire team maneuver, map reading, marksmanship and land navigation. Students develop and refine their leadership by participating in weekly tactical leadership labs and field training exercises. Corps of Cadets provide basic uniform issue and lessons are delivered electronically. There is NO military obligation for participation in the Basic Course. When applicable, AROTC provides additional uniforms and equipment. In addition, any student participating in AROTC may attend Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky during the summer after their freshman or sophomore year. For transferring students, attending Basic Camp provides an immersive experience in basic Soldier skills and may replace any Military Science MLSC 100-200 level AROTC requirements.
The Advanced Course (MLSC 300-400 series) is taken in the final two years of college and includes participation in Advanced Camp (off campus) during the summer after the junior or senior year. Advanced Course instruction emphasizes advanced leadership development, organization ethics, critical thinking and problem solving, administration, and military law. Summer Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky enables cadets to implement, in a field environment, the principles and theories acquired in the classroom. Those cadets taking the Advanced Course with a commissioning contract will incur a military obligation to serve as commissioned officers either in the Active Duty Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard upon graduation.
All cadets in the AROTC program and who have entered into a commissioning contract receive a subsistence allowance of $420 per month. AROTC cadets are encouraged to take courses in strategic languages. Through the Army’s Culture and Language Incentives Program, students can earn up to $300 per credit hour for completing classes in qualifying languages. Strategic Language program in conjunction with AROTC offer study abroad program under Project Global Officer (GO) with Arabic, Japanese, and Russian languages.
Qualified students who join the Army National Guard or Army Reserve, may participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) in which they earn approximately $250 per month. The total dollar amount for SMP cadets can reach $750 per month during their junior and senior years in ROTC. Tuition assistance, which pays between 75-100% of tuition costs, is available through the US Army Reserves and Texas National Guard.
Qualified veterans may enroll directly into the ROTC Advanced Course. Veterans in the Advanced Program receive a tiered subsistence allowance of up to $500 per month in addition to their veterans’ benefits.
The AROTC Scholarship program awards four-year and three-year advance designee scholarships on a competitive basis to students entering AROTC as college freshmen. Two-year, three-year, and 3.5 year scholarships also are available for college students already enrolled in AROTC. These scholarships pay the cost of tuition and required fees or room and board. Also included is a flat rate textbook allowance for the duration of the award. In all, a four-year scholarship can be worth over $70,000 at Texas A&M. Additional scholarship opportunities are available specifically for students participating in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors that pay the same benefits as four and three-year ROTC scholarships.
The U.S. Army Health Profession Scholarship Program offers a unique opportunity for financial support to cadets who desire to continue their education beyond their undergraduate work by enrolling in a program leading to a professional degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.
Texas A&M Army ROTC staff having served multiple combat and operational deployments overseas, are dedicated to developing academically superior and physically fit commissioned officers recognized as outstanding leaders of character for the U.S. Army Officer Corps. For more information on Army ROTC programs, contact the Military Science Department at (979) 845-2814.