Military Science (MS)
Professor: M. Harris (Chair); Assistant Professors:
J. McCluskey, C. M. McGibony
The Department of Military Science is also known as the Reserve Officers
Training Corps (ROTC) department. Military science basic courses are open
to all students as electives. Credits toward a baccalaureate degree are
awarded for all military science courses. Students who complete all four
years of military science may apply a maximum of 14 MS credits to graduation
The department was established in April 1950 at the request of John Carroll
University and with the approval of the Department of the Army. This department
is both an academic entity of the University and an Instructor Group of
the United States Army. It is staffed by the Army with the approval of
the University president. The instructors are professional Army officers
whose academic backgrounds meet standards set by the University.
The goal of the department is to help prepare young men and women for
service as Army officers. Through its courses, the department develops
appropriate leadership and management skills. The department also provides
instruction to the student body in general on the role of the military
in America. Such instruction includes military skills, leadership, adventure
training, and the role of the military in society.
Basic Program (MS I, MS II)
Students normally take the basic courses during the freshman and sophomore
years. Individual courses are described below. Students taking any or
all of the basic courses incur no military obligation and are not members
of the armed forces. Completion of the basic courses is a prerequisite
for acceptance into the advanced courses. Prior military service, current
Army Reserve or National Guard status, or attendance at summer ROTC Basic
Camp may also fulfill the basic course requirement, although no academic
credit is granted for these substitutes.
Advanced Program (MS III, MS IV)
Students normally take the advanced courses during their junior and senior
years. These generally involve management instruction to prepare students
for the leadership role of an Army second lieutenant. Students must be
accepted by the chair of the Military Science department before they can
enroll in the advanced courses.
Once accepted, each student enters into a contract with the government
to complete the courses and to accept a commission as an Army officer.
While taking the advanced courses, each student is paid a subsistence
allowance of $350-$400 a month during the school year.
All students enrolled in the advanced courses are required to attend an
advanced ROTC camp of five weeks’ duration. Students are paid at
one half the pay of a second lieutenant and normally attend this camp
during the summer between their junior and senior year.
Upon satisfactory completion of the advanced courses and award of the
baccalaureate degree, students are commissioned second lieutenants and
serve out a military obligation of at least four years, depending on their
active duty or reserve force assignment. Students may request either Active
Duty or Reserve Force Duty (Army Reserve/National Guard). Under certain
conditions, students who have completed the baccalaureate program and
their military science studies may request delayed entry into the active
Army in order to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas, including
medical and law school. Other options available to students in military
science are opportunities to attend Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare,
and Mountain Warfare training courses, and to spend a few weeks working
as a lieutenant in an active Army unit.
The Department of the Army annually awards 4-year and 3-year Advanced
Designee scholarships on a competitive basis to high school applicants
nationwide. Winners are announced in early spring. College students can
also apply for a campus-based Army scholarship in fall and spring semester
of their freshman or sophomore year. The scholarships are awarded in December/January
and May. In order to apply for any of these scholarships, applicants must
have a GPA of 2.5 or better, as well as a minimum SAT score of 920 or
ACT score of 19; pass the Army medical physical; and meet the physical
fitness requirements. Two-year scholarships are also available to graduating
seniors who will be attending graduate school.
Scholarships based on merit are awarded for up to $20,000 annual tuition.
Scholarships also include lab fees, graduation fee, a book allowance of
$1,000 per year, and a $250-$400 per month subsistence (maximum of $4,000
John Carroll University maintains partnership agreements with most Cleveland-area
colleges. Students from these institutions may enroll in John Carroll’s
military science classes with the approval of the academic advisor from
their own college. Satisfactory completion of the military science curriculum
and the baccalaureate degree from their own college leads to a commission
as a second lieutenant in the same manner as for John Carroll students.
All university students are eligible for enrollment in the basic courses
(MS I and MS II). Students who are 18 years of age, who are American citizens
or intend to become naturalized, and who are physically qualified are
eligible for enrollment in the advanced courses of the Military Science
department. Any student may audit basic courses in the department with
the approval of the chair and appropriate institutional authorities.
Professional Military Educational (PME) Requirements
The professional military education component consists of two essential
parts – a baccalaureate degree, and at least one undergraduate course
from each of the three following designated fields of study: written and
oral communication skills, military history, and computer literacy. Students
are encouraged to take a course in national security affairs and management.
Students may determine suitable courses to meet these requirements by
securing approval in advance of registration from a member of the Military
Science department. The Core Curriculum requirements may also apply to
the PME requirements. The Military Science department maintains a list
of university courses that may be accepted for the PME requirement.
Note: Credits from these courses may not be used to satisfy
Core or major requirements.