Military Science

Graduate Studies.
Leadership Laboratory.
Courses of Instruction


Military Science offers opportunities to develop confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills to succeed in college and beyond. It is an academic curriculum that supplements your major and is designed to prepare qualified, high potential students for service as commissioned officers in the United States Army and its Reserve Components (the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard).

The Military Science program is composed of a two year Basic Course, a five week Advanced Summer Camp and a two year Advanced Course. Nonscholarship students enrolling in only freshman and sophomore level classes incur no obligation to serve in the military after graduation. Further, these classes satisfy the UCR Physical Education Activity course requirement and can be used for elective credit.

Upon completion of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree and Military Science training requirements, students are commissioned as second lieutenants. Further, highly qualified commissionees who desire graduate or professional schooling prior to fulfilling their service obligation may apply for a fully funded educational delay.

Four-year, three-year, and two-year programs are offered. Each program includes the option for qualified students to benefit from a full tuition and fees scholarship, and TCU offers room and board grants for qualified ROTC scholarship winners.

Four-Year Program. The four-year program is divided into two portions, each consisting of four classes normally taken in sequence. The first is the Basic Course, which is usually completed during the freshman and sophomore years. The second portion of the four-year program is called the Advanced Course; it is normally completed during the junior and senior years. To enroll in the Advanced Course, students must successfully complete the Basic Course (or be given equivalent credit by the Professor of Military Science), be of good moral character, have a minimum of two years remaining as a full-time student, have a minimum GPA of 2.0, and be physically qualified. A paid and highly adventurous five-week training session between the junior and senior years is a critically important part of the Advanced Course. All Advanced Course students (both scholarship and non-scholarship) receive a monthly cash allowance while participating (full-time) in on-campus instruction. This allowance can be collected up to 10 months each year.

Two-Year Program. The two-year program is designed for students who either transfer into TCU or elect to begin pursuing a commission in the fall of their junior year. It includes a paid six-week summer training session between the sophomore and junior years and the Advanced Course described under the four-year program. Application for the two-year program is normally made during the second semester of the sophomore year. However, the two-year program is also open to juniors and seniors planning attendance at graduate school. The monthly cash allowance for students in the two-year program is the same as for other students in the Advanced Course. Numerous full tuition and fees scholarships are available for qualified two-year program applicants.

Scholarships. Four-year, three-year and two-year scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Scholarships are worth up to $17,000 annually. Scholarships can be applied toward tuition and mandatory fees, and provide an allowance for books. The scholarship also provides a $150 cash stipend for each month the student is participating in full-time on-campus instruction (limited to 10 months each year). The stipend amount varies by class year, and ranges from $250 for freshman to $400 for seniors.

Four-Year Scholarships. High school students wishing to compete for a four-year scholarship should apply during the summer between their junior and senior year. Outstanding candidates can be notified of their selection as early as November of their senior year. Students who wait until their senior year to apply must apply early. Completed applications must be received at the evaluation center before Nov. 15 of the students senior year in high school.

Three-Year Scholarships. Freshman students enrolled at TCU or students planning to transfer into TCU at the beginning of their sophomore year may apply for three-year scholarships. Students applying for the three-year scholarship must have at least 27 semester hours credit at the beginning of the sophomore year and meet the other specified eligibility criteria.

Two-Year Scholarships. Any student, presently enrolled or planning to transfer to TCU, who will have 54 semester hours completed by the beginning of the next fall semester may apply for a two year scholarship. To validate their scholarships, recipients will be required to satisfactorily complete a paid six-week summer training session prior to entering school in the fall semester.

Nursing Scholarships. The Army ROTC provides four-, three-, and two-year scholarships for students interested in becoming officers in the United States Army Nurse Corps. Application forms and information about these scholarships may be obtained by writing to the Professor of Military Science, Department of Military Science, TCU Box 298910, Fort Worth 76129, or by calling collect (817) 257-7455.

Tuition Assistance. The Financial Aid office can provide further information.

Waivers. Part or all of the Basic Course may be waived for veterans with acceptable active duty service. Students transferring from a military academy or military junior college may also receive a waiver for the Basic Course.

Graduate Studies. Upon application, Military Science graduates may be granted a delay before entering active duty for a period of two or three years from the date of their commission. Authorized purposes are attending graduate school, medical school, or law school. In some cases, the delay may exceed three years. A number of salaried and fully funded graduate programs are also available to top academic performers and medical school applicants who complete the ROTC curriculum.

Leadership Laboratory. Every Military Science student is required to participate in the weekly leadership lab in addition to the scheduled class periods. The lab meets every Thursday, 3:30 - 5 p.m., during the semester and provides leadership training, military skills and tactical training, and drill and ceremonies instruction. Leadership experience is gained by students managing, leading and teaching other students within the framework of the Cadet Battalion. All leadership positions are filled by upperclass cadets who are responsible for planning and executing each lab period under the guidance of seasoned Army officers and noncommissioned officers.

Curriculum. The curriculum consists of the Basic Course and the Advanced Course described previously under the Four-Year Program and further described below.

Pass/No Credit Option. Military Science classes may not be taken on the Pass/No Credit basis.

Basic Course. The Basic Course should include 10041, 10081, 20042, and 20092. Leadership Lab is required for all courses listed below.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction

*10001 LEADERSHIP LAB. Fall/Spring. One class per week. This course facilitates the development of leadership skills while giving practical experience in military skills. Areas of emphasis include drill and ceremonies, squad level tactics, first aid and land navigation. Advanced Course cadets conduct the training and lead the cadet battalion under cadre supervision. A weekend field training exercise and weekly physical fitness training are included in the course.

*10041 INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP I. Fall/Spring. One class per week. A progressive overview of the U.S. Army to include its history, its organization, its customs and courtesies, its strategic mission, dynamic structure, and methods of tactical deployment. Included is a field trip, where students are exposed to on- and off-duty Army life and have the opportunity to observe new combat arms lieutenants in action.

*10081 INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP II. Spring. One class per week. Fundamentals of basic tactics to include movement techniques, battle drill/assault techniques, squad tactical control measures, land navigation, and first-aid training. Designed to give the student an initial level of tactical proficiency and a degree of leadership training.

20042 BASIC LEADERSHIP I. Fall. Two classes per week. Challenges the student to become tactically and technically proficient. Students study the military element of power and become proficient in rifle marksmanship, learn and practice first aid, use light infantry tactics, and gain a fundamental knowledge of map reading. Prerequisite: Concurrent or past enrollment in MISC 10041.

20092 BASIC LEADERSHIP II. Spring. Two classes per week. This course prepares students to be positive and assertive leaders and conduct instruction through the study and application of basic military leadership principles. Includes leadership assessment training and student classroom presentations. Prerequisite: Concurrent or past enrollment in MISC 10041 Introduction to Military Science.

20970 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MILITARY SCIENCE. Fall/Spring. Special study opportunities as directed by the Department Chairman. (1-6 sem. hrs.)

Advanced Course. The Advanced Course consists of the 30053, 30063, 40053, 40063 and the five-week summer leadership practicum (Advanced Camp) held between the junior and senior years. Leadership lab is required for all courses.

30053 INTERMEDIATE LEADERSHIP I. Fall. Two classes per week. Students learn effective counseling, writing, and human relation skills necessary to positively influence human behavior. Students develop confidence and leadership experience in addition to land navigation skills and tactical proficiency. Group participation and exposure to leadership reaction situations. Prerequisite: Basic Course or equivalent credit.

30063 INTERMEDIATE LEADERSHIP II. Spring. Two classes per week. An analysis of the leaders role in directing and coordinating the efforts of individuals and organizations. This professional block of instruction involves student role modeling and analysis of controversial leadership case situations. Students practice and learn the necessary skills to take charge when responsible, as well as control and positively influence personnel under stressful situations. Additional professional skills are also taught. Prerequisite: Completion of MISC 30053 or permission of department chair.

30970 DIRECTED STUDIES IN MILITARY SCIENCE. Fall/Spring. Opportunity for independent study as directed by the instructor prior to enrollment. (1-6 sem. hrs.)

40053 ADVANCED LEADERSHIP I. Fall. Two classes per week. Designed to review the mission and structure of the Army as well as discuss its professional and social aspects. The course focuses on oral and written communication skills, counseling techniques, evaluation, and reporting procedures, as well as introducing the combined arms concept. Prerequisite: Completion of MISC 30053 and 30063 or permission of department chair.

40063 ADVANCED LEADERSHIP II. Spring. Two classes per week. An examination of the dynamics of modern warfare from the perspective of the combat battalion task force. The integration of maneuver forces, air power, intelligence, logistics, and air mobility by a ground combat commander is studied in both practical exercise and case studies. A variety of other subjects relating to staff procedures and command and control are covered. Prerequisite: Completion of MISC 30053 and 30063 or permission of department chair.