Students who meet the requirements for the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program may enroll in military science classes. ROTC students retain the prerogative of selecting their program of study and major field. The U.S. Army has requirements for commissioned officers with varied backgrounds to include officers with majors in any of the programs of study leading to a bachelor degree at University of Mobile. Scholarship information is provided in the Financial Aid section of this catalog.
The program is designed to improve the leadership abilities of students, develop managerial skills, inform students concerning the roles, missions, and capabilities of the army, and train qualified ROTC students to become commissioned officers in the National Guard, Reserve, and U.S. Army. Students may take military science courses and receive graduation credit in lieu of physical education courses. National Guardsmen, reservists, veterans, and former JROTC students may receive advanced placement by requesting it through Military Science Offices. Students interested in military science should call (251) 460-6341 for additional information.
Army ROTC Courses
Basic Course. The purpose of the Army ROTC Basic Course is to introduce students to Army ROTC, to give them general information about the Army, and to introduce them to basic skills which have both military and civilian application. Courses and practical exercises in land navigation, orienteering, and leadership round out the student’s academic life. These courses and exercises provide challenges, develop confidence, and break the classroom routine. With this initial exposure, the students will have experience upon which to base their decisions to continue into the advanced course and into the Army as commissioned officers. There is no military obligation in connection with the basic course.
Basic Camp. Army ROTC Basic Camp, conducted during the summer term session, is a challenging five-week training course designed to evaluate students’ ability to handle themselves and others in new and demanding situations. Throughout the program, the student is provided with the fundamentals of soldiering which include physical training, marksmanship, tactical operations, map reading, and orienteering. Students are provided transportation to and from camp, fees, room and board, as well as pay and allowances. Attendance at the Basic Camp does not obligate the student to military service; it does, however, qualify the student for the Army ROTC advanced course when taken in lieu of the basic course requirements.
Advanced Course. Upon completion of the basic course or basic camp (above), ROTC students entering the advanced course continue to develop their ability in evaluating situations, making decisions, and practicing traits considered essential in a leader. The ability to motivate subordinates, to win their confidence, and to supervise them effectively has been attributed by many civilian and military leaders to training received through ROTC in college. The ROTC Program uses and extends the intellect, education, and special abilities of college students. Its primary purpose is to produce Army officers needed for the defense of our nation in time of crisis, but, in the process, it also develops the kind of junior executive or manager needed in many fields of civilian endeavor.