Lieutenant Colonel Jackie McDowell
Professor of Military Science
Harris, Henderson, Hill, Jones, Ward
The Department of Military Science offers courses applicable to all branches of the United States Army and through which a student can earn an academic minor. These courses give students a broad knowledge of Army leadership, management, and technical skills thereby preparing them for an Army commission and subsequent entrance to an officer’s basic branch course at one of the Army service schools. The objectives of producing officers through the ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) program are to
- provide officers a broad educational base;
- provide a basic military education for students;
- teach basic fundamentals and techniques of leadership and management;
- develop, in conjunction with other academic disciplines, individual character and attributes required of an officer in the U.S. Army.
Army ROTC Scholarship Program
Students enrolled at MTSU are eligible to apply for two- and three-year Army ROTC scholarships which pay for tuition, fees, and a book allowance, plus a monthly stipend per year. High school seniors are eligible to apply for a four-year scholarship during the senior year. Additionally, there are National Guard and Army Reserve Scholarships available.
Uniforms and Pay
Students enrolled in the basic course do not wear uniforms and are not required to have a particular haircut. Textbooks are provided free of charge.
Advanced course students, junior and seniors, are provided uniforms and textbooks free of charge. They must sign a contract with the U.S. government and complete the advanced course, resulting in an active Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve commission as a 2nd lieutenant upon graduation. While enrolled in the advanced course, the student receives $4,500-5,000 per year and approximately $1,000 plus travel costs for LDAC attendance.