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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Main Office: Campus Center, CC-377
Phone: (414) 288-7682
Fax: (414) 288-7627

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is an educational program that trains students to be officers in the United States military. ROTC students learn leadership skills in college in order to have a successful military or civilian career. Each branch of the armed services has an ROTC program.

Scholarship opportunities are available through all the ROTC programs in a variety of academic majors. A description of each of the ROTC programs offered as MSOE follows.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies).

College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as “cadets”) who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force. The AFROTC program is currently offered at Marquette University, but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, please review http://bulletin.marquette.edu/undergrad/helenwayklinglercollegeofartsandsciences/reserveofficers_trainingcorps/airforceaerospacestudies_afas/. For more information on the AFROTC program, please review www.marquette.edu/rotc/airforce/.


Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) is a four-year program offered at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. This program trains college students to be officers in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. AROTC students will learn the leadership and management skills essential to becoming an Army officer or having a successful civilian career. The Army ROTC mission is to commission the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army.

Hundreds of AROTC scholarships are available to students each year. These scholarships are awarded on merit, not financial need. Merit includes academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or work. AROTC scholarships are awarded to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business and a variety of other academic majors. Any student may enroll in AROTC, regardless of whether he or she has been awarded a scholarship.

Army ROTC for Milwaukee colleges and universities is based at Marquette University. Basic AROTC classes are offered on the MSOE campus depending on the number of cadets enrolled from MSOE. Advanced classes are taught on the Marquette campus. All AROTC classes are taught by the Military Science faculty from Marquette University. For additional information, visit www.marquette.edu/rotc/army/ or call (414) 288-2057.


The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Program provides qualified commissioned officers to the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The mission is to develop midshipmen morally, physically, and intellectually for careers in the United States Naval Service. Graduates who complete all requirements will receive commissions and serve on active duty in the Navy or Marine Corps, with a minimum three-year commitment for non-scholarship students and four-year commitment for scholarship students.

All NROTC students fall into one of two broad categories: scholarship or non-scholarship (college program). Some students will enter MSOE with a four-year scholarship earned on a competitive basis while still in high school. Scholarships are for full tuition, fees, a textbook stipend, laboratory expenses and include a subsistence stipend. In addition, MSOE will honor a student’s MSOE Academic or Transfer Scholarship initially awarded by MSOE’s Admissions Office. At a minimum, MSOE will provide funds to cover a double room and a standard meal plan while receiving a ROTC scholarship. Students not on scholarship are termed college program students. They receive uniforms, naval science text books and a monthly stipend during their junior and senior years. All college program students are eligible to compete for Naval Education and Training Command scholarships. Students are selected on a competitive basis after completing a minimum of one term as an NROTC college program student.

A naval science class is required of all NROTC students each term, with few exceptions, for which MSOE grants credit toward graduation requirements. Students who enroll in NROTC at MSOE do so as “cross-town” students. Required NROTC courses are taught by the Naval Science faculty at the Marquette University campus. The remainder of their major is completed at MSOE. Midshipmen on scholarship and junior and senior college program students are also required to attend a paid summer internship for a period of four to six weeks each summer. This training introduces midshipmen to the fleet, and the life of a junior naval officer. Summer training also provides an orientation to each of the different warfare specialties (air, surface, submarine, and Marine Corps).

For additional information, contact the Department of Naval Science, Marquette University at (414) 288-7076 or visit our website at www.marquette.edu/rotc/navy/.