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2013-14 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2013-14 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Main Office: Student Life and 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 ROTC

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing a college degree. AFROTC gives students the chance to develop leadership skills in college and prepares students for a successful career in the United States Air Force. Interested students do not need a scholarship offer to participate in Air force ROTC; scholarships are available to qualified students based on their academic and cadet corps performance.

Air Force ROTC offers scholarships that cover most or all of a student’s college expenses. These scholarships are offered in one-, two-, three- or four-year lengths and can be granted to high school students or current college students. High school students wishing to compete for a scholarship prior to entering college must apply following their junior year and prior to December 1 of their senior year of high school. The scholarship application and application procedures can be viewed at www.afrotc.com. College scholarships are offered in academic majors that meet the needs of the Air Force and are typically offered in the spring term.

The AFROTC office at MSOE is located on the third floor of the Student Life and Campus Center (CC) and the AFROTC Detachment is located at the Marquette University, 707 N. 11th street. MSOE students enroll in AFROTC as cross-town students. The required AFROTC courses are taught by the Aerospace Studies faculty from Marquette University normally at the Marquette campus; however classes may be held at MSOE if student numbers/cadre availability can support. All AFROTC students must participate in two physical training sessions per week which are offered at both MSOE and Marquette University and LLAB which is only held at Marquette University.

Air Force ROTC units are located on 144 campuses nationwide and have crosstown agreements with more than 1000 additional institutions. For more information, students are encouraged to visit the website www.afrotc.com, the Marquette campus office or call (414) 288-7682.


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.


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 nonscholarship (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/.