Learn Valuable Leadership Skills and
Become a Commissioned Military Officer
For information about the Army ROTC and class schedules, call 618-545-3033, or SIU-E at 618-650-2503. Classes may be held
at Kaskaskia College or Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
The purpose of Military Science is to develop young women and men into junior commissioned officers for
positions of responsibility in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard or Active Army. Those who successfully
complete the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program normally earn commissions as Lieutenants in the United States Army.
ROTC may be completed in several different ways as outlined below.
1. Four-Year Option
. Military Science is traditionally offered as a four-year option. It is best to start as a freshman, but
special arrangements can be made for those who start as sophomores. The first two years of Military Science are voluntary
(without service obligation) and designed to give the students a perspective on their leadership ability and what the Army
can offer them. Students who continue in ROTC and pursue a commission upon completion of the last two years of Military
Science are provided with a subsistence allowance (up to $2,000) and all necessary uniforms and Military Science books.
2. Two-Year Option.
The two-year option is designed to provide greater flexibility in meeting the needs of students desiring
commissions in the United States Army. KC students who do not participate in the four year or community college transfer option
are eligible for enrollment at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Basic prerequisites for entering the two-year
i. Students must be accepted at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
ii. Students must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) and pass an Army medical examination.
iii. Students must have two academic years of study remaining (undergraduate or graduate). If students are undergraduates, they
must have junior status.
Students will attend a six-week summer camp to obtain the knowledge acquired by students in the four-year option. Attendance
at the basic camp does not obligate students in any way and is only intended to provide students experience with Army life and
its opportunities. Students will be paid approximately $750 for attendance at basic camp.
All students who desire to enter the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps must be United States citizens, be in good physical
condition, and have high moral character. Students must be at least 17 years old to enroll and not over 30 when they receive
their commission. Additional qualifications to be admitted into the advanced course include an academic average of "C" or
better and passing an Army medical examination.
The SIUE Army Reserve "Officers" Training Corps academic preparation consists of two parts:
(1) earning a degree in the
student's chosen academic subject, and
(2) completion of 18 semester hours (four-year option) or 12 semester hours
(two-year option) of the Military Science curriculum. The courses in Military Science are university level academic courses. The
curriculum consists of classroom instruction and a leadership laboratory in which students receive leadership experience.
Leadership Laboratory is required of all students enrolled in Military Science classes. Classes are held one hour each week
unless otherwise designated. In addition, students attend one mandatory field training exercise each semester. Leadership
Laboratory develops individual military skills and leadership ability through participation in drill and ceremonies, survival
training, rappelling, field training exercises and exposure to progressively greater responsibilities within the Cadet Corps
Extracurricular Activities Sponsored by Army ROTC
Army ROTC students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance the
development of individuals' leadership skills and military knowledge. These activities include the Color Guard, Ranger Club
and intramural sports. Students not enrolled in ROTC may participate in these activities with the permission of the Professor
of Military Science.
Kaskaskia College will provide van transportation for ROTC students to attend the Thursday classes at SIU-E.