Undergraduate Bulletin


The academic pursuit of a commission as an officer in the United States Army is accomplished simultaneously as students meet the prerequisites for a degree in the discipline of their choice; either undergraduate or graduate. The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) offers a progressive leadership education program that combines challenging academic study and practical training experiences in the theories, concepts and principles of leadership. 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 and Military Science.

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 Leadership and Military Science Department, Room 111, Salisbury Hall.


The US Army ROTC scholarship student leads essentially the same life as other college students. They may pursue the academic degree of their choice and they carry a normal academic course load. However, unlike the normal college student, the Army ROTC scholarship student receives tuition, laboratory fees, on-campus educational fees, and a flat rate of $225 a semester from which they may purchase textbooks, classroom supplies and equipment. Army ROTC scholarship winners also receive a tax-free subsistence allowance of $150 a month for 10 months for each year that the scholarship is in effect. Scholarships at UW-Whitewater are worth approximately $3,500 a year and they are available for 2, 3, and 4 year periods to both men and women. Scholarship recipients are required to enroll in the ROTC Program in order to receive financial benefits. Scholarship applications are available at Room 111, Salisbury Hall.


Qualified enlisted personnel currently serving in the US Army National Guard or US Army Reserve are permitted to simultaneously participate in the Advanced Course ROTC Officer Training program while enrolled as a full time student. Students participating in this program gain practical leadership experience while serving as a Cadet Officer Trainee with either the Army Reserve or National Guard and they benefit from the financial rewards of both programs which provides the following approximate monthly entitlements:

     Reserve Pay     $150
     ROTC Allowance  $150
     GI Bill         $190
     TOTAL           $490

Additional entitlements for camp attendance during the summer means that this program is worth approximately $12,000 over the 2 year advance phase period. Currently, the Wisconsin National Guard has a program that will reimburse 50% of student's tuition (based on the undergraduate rate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison).

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