ARMY:Kenneth B. Black (Co-Chairperson), Brenda D. Firari, Michael J. Laskowski, Charles J. Olsen.
AIR FORCE: Gregory D. Denney (Co-Chairperson), Erik J. Bruce, Todd J. Weyerstrass.
The Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary study of leadership which is available to any student on a non-discriminatory basis and may be taken without incurring a military service obligation. Students may pursue one or both of the two departmental programs (I) LEADERSHIP MINOR, (II) COMMISSION in the US Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard, or (III) COMMISSION in the US Air Force.
No specific academic eligibility requirements exist for students who pursue a leadership minor. Students seeking an Army commission must have a minimum of two years remaining in their academic program - undergraduate or graduate.
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Additional emphasis is also placed on organizational dynamics, resource management and ethical decision making. The completion of this departmental program prepares the college student to receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
The commission program is generally divided into a two-year Basic Phase (freshman and sophomore) and a two-year Advanced Phase (junior and senior). Alternate means of completing the on-campus Basic Phase are available to students desiring to enter the program at the Advanced Phase level. Students seeking a commission will be provided administrative assistance and counseling guidance by a faculty adviser from the Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies.
Students must have a minimum of two years remaining in their academic program - undergraduate or graduate - to successfully complete the academic program for a commission. During this period of upper division courses the qualified students will have a contractual commitment between themselves and the United States Army. In exchange for participation in the program, a student will receive $150 a month during the school year (up to $1500 maximum) and approximately $700 plus paid travel to attend the Advanced Leader Camp (450-440) normally conducted near Seattle, Washington, at Fort Lewis. In all, the student receives about $3,700 during the two year advanced phase. Application for the Advance Phase should be initiated as early as possible by contacting the Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies, Room 111, Salisbury Hall.
Participants in Air Force ROTC can potentially complete the program in as little as 2-1/2 years. Though no flight training is offered during ROTC, elements of their ROTC training will contribute directly to their competitiveness for selection as a pilot or navigator. Similarly, for those not interested in flying, their ROTC participation will allow them significant influence over their future options as an officer. All participants will attend a summer Field Training camp, typically between their Sophomore and Junior years. In addition, ROTC cadets can compete for a wide range of summer orientation programs, including parachute or glider training, "shadow" programs at an actual Air Force installation, field trips, duty as an assistant instructor during a Field Training camp, etc.
During the final two years of the program participants will receive $150 a month during the school year. In addition, up to $3,500 in financial assistance for tuition, books and fees may be provided based on academic and ROTC performance. Travel pays and Field Training camps pay are in addition to these amounts. For more information and to apply for Air Force ROTC membership, individuals should stop by the Air Force offices in the Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies.
Similarly, the Air Force offers a series of scholarship incentives to participate in their commissioning program. Though some are aimed at technical fields, others address under-represented ethnic or racial groups in the Air Force, and others reinforce and recognize outstanding progress/participation in the program. Normal scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, books and certain fees up to $7,500 per semester. Incentive scholarships are $1,750 per semester ($1,000 for tuition, $250 for books/fees). In addition, scholarship winners and contract members in the last two years of training receive a payment of $150 per month. For example, a cadet who receives an incentive scholarship for the last two years, coupled with the monthly allowance, would receive approximately $3,850 dollars in financial assistance per year.
Though National Guard and Reserve members may participate in Air Force ROTC, prior to entry into their last two years of training they will be required to get a "Conditional Release" from them. For details on any ROTC program and eligibility requirements contact a representative in Salisbury Hall, Room 111.
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