Department of Military Science

Mission Statement
The James Madison University Army ROTC Duke Battalion mission is to recruit, develop, educate and provide quality leadership training, practical hands-on experience and Army values character development in order to commission 27 agile and adaptive leaders to serve as the future officer leadership in the Army, Army Reserve or Army national guard. Additionally, it is our mission to motivate young people through caring leadership to be better citizens committed to lifelong service of the community and nation.

The program offers two, three and four year options, allowing students to complete the requirements to earn a commission as an Army officer. The three and four year programs consist of a basic course and an advanced course. A two year option allows students with at least two academic years remaining in either undergraduate or graduate studies to complete all requirements for commissioning as a second lieutenant in the active Army, National Guard or Reserves. Additionally, students not intending to pursue a career in the military will gain valuable leadership, teambuilding and communication skills, which transfer into marketable civilian job skills.

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills
Army ROTC provides students with highly marketable leadership skills. The curriculum imparts leadership principles, concepts of human development, and aspects of health and fitness. Practical application in lab develops one's leadership style, communication and organizational skills, and strengthens personal character. Development of these skills implicitly builds one's self-confidence, discipline and professional attributes.

Army Reservists or National Guardsmen who are continuing their education full time may be eligible for the Simultaneous Membership Program, which combines Reserve Forces duty with Army ROTC on campus and enables the student to earn approximately $5,000 in two years. Graduates of the program earn an Army commission and may serve four years in career areas as diverse as medical service, communications, law enforcement, aviation or nursing.

There are also opportunities for students seeking graduate degrees to delay going on active duty in order to pursue a graduate study program in law, medicine or other subjects. Further, Army ROTC scholarships are competitive for graduate students with no prior Army ROTC experience.


Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Special Admission and Retention Requirements
Advanced military science courses are normally taken during the junior and senior years, or during graduate school. Qualified students pursuing a commission as a second lieutenant are contracted and paid a subsistence allowance of $300-$500 per month for up to 10 months during the school year. Prior to commissioning, each cadet must successfully complete the four-week ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC) at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Cadets must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, meet DoD medical fitness standards and meet Army physical fitness and weight control standards.


Degree Requirements
The Military Science curriculum is divided into two phases:

Phase One: Basic Military Science

Courses Credit Hours
MSCI 100. Leadership Laboratory (every semester) 2
MSCI 101. Introduction to Leadership and the Army 1
MSCI 102. Leadership Development Fundamentals 1
MSCI 200. Intermediate Leadership Laboratory (every semester) 4
MSCI 201. Leadership Styles – Theory and Application 2
MSCI 202. Developing Leader Skills 2


The basic course is open to all JMU students. There is no military obligation incurred for taking 100- and 200-level military science courses. This curriculum is designed to help students in the near-term as leaders on campus. The classes will also help students be more effective leaders and managers in the long-term, whether they serve in the military or as leaders in civilian life. Topics addressed include problem solving, critical thinking, problem-solving methods, leadership theory, followership, group cohesion, goal setting, feedback mechanisms, physical fitness and land navigation.

Lessons are taught in a seminar format, emphasizing student discussions and practical exercises. Courses are open to all students with no prerequisites and no military obligation.

Placement credit for the basic course may be awarded through multiple programs including: prior military service, basic training, or successful completion of the ROTC summer leadership training course at Ft. Knox, KY.

Phase Two: Advanced Military Science

Courses Credit Hours
MSCI 300. Advanced Leadership Laboratory (every semester) 12
MSCI 310. Leading Small Organizations 3
MSCI 320. Developing Advanced Leader Skills 3
MSCI 410. Adaptive Leadership 3
MSCI 420. Leadership in a Complex World 3


The advanced course focuses on instruction and case studies which build leadership competencies and military skills in preparation for future responsibilities as Army officers and successful completion of the Leader Development Assessment Course. Instruction includes the principles of war, decision-making processes, planning models and risk assessment. Advanced leadership instruction focuses on motivational theory, the role and actions of leaders, and organizational communications. Courses are only open to advanced course-contracted cadets with prerequisites and a military obligation is incurred.


Contact the department's enrollment officers at (540) 568-3633/ 568-5542 for scholarship information.

Minor Requirements

Minor in Military Leadership

Courses Credit Hours
Basic military science courses 10
Advanced military science courses 20
Military History course (MSCI 150) 3



Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps

AFROTC Detachment 890
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400188
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4188

Phone: (434) 924-6832
Fax: (434) 982-2842

The Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFROTC) at James Madison University is established under a cross-town agreement with the University of Virginia. JMU students will take AFROTC classes at the University of Virginia for JMU credit. AFROTC offers students the opportunity to receive US Air Force officer training while completing undergraduate or graduate studies.

AFROTC is the largest of three programs available through the Air Force to earn a commission and serve as an officer in the United States Air Force.

AFROTC offers three and four year commissioning programs for undergraduate students. The four year program is designed for students who join during their first year of college. Students take all four years of Air Science Classes and attend a four week summer field-training encampment at Maxwell Air Force Base between their second and third years.

Students may also enroll in AFROTC during their second year of college. Those students will dual enroll in both the AIRS 100- and 200-level courses during their second year of college and attend a four week summer field-training encampment.

Unless the student earns an AFROTC scholarship, there is no service obligation inside the first two years of the four year program. However, all students who enter into the Professional Officer Course (the last two years), enter into a contractual obligation with the Air Force to serve on active duty upon commissioning.

After graduation and commissioning as second lieutenants in the Air Force, graduates serve in any number of career fields for a four year active duty service commitment. Interested and qualified students may compete to become Air Force pilots or navigators. Successful pilot and navigator candidates serve 10 and six year active duty service commitments, respectively. Active duty may be delayed after graduation for those who wish to immediately pursue a graduate degree.

AFROTC Scholarships
Merit-based financial scholarships are offered to qualified students for full or partial college tuition, incidental fees, textbook allowances and a monthly subsistence allowance of $300-$500 dependent on academic year. Scholarship students incur a military obligation.




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