Military Science (ROTC)

Military science strives to emulate the University’s learn, lead and serve model as it trains leaders for service to the country and community. The Department of Military Science complements a traditional course of study by preparing you for acceptance of a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Program Overview

The Army senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program is divided into two parts: the basic course and the advanced course. Instruction in the basic course introduces you, at no cost or obligation, to leadership development, management principles, map reading, military courtesy, discipline and customs, and national defense trends. Contracted basic course cadets will receive a stipend of $300 per month as a first-year student and $350 per month as a sophomore.

After completing the basic course, you are eligible to enroll in the advanced course provided you have demonstrated officer potential and have met Army standards. The advanced course covers the final two years of ROTC and includes a 32-day Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Instruction includes advanced leadership development, group dynamics, organization and management, small unit tactics and administration.

Practical leadership and experience is received by assigning students as cadet officers and noncommissioned officers. During the summer, you may also attend additional training sessions such as the Army Airborne School and Air Assault School. Summer leadership internships, Army-funded study abroad opportunities and cultural immersion internships in foreign countries are also available.

Program Eligibility

Army ROTC accepts students in any degree field. The academic major is considered when you apply for an associated Army career field during your senior year. Both men and women may participate in Army ROTC, and equal rights and opportunities are stressed. To enroll in the Army ROTC basic course, you must be a full-time student and at least 17 years of age.

To be eligible for the advanced course, you must meet the requirements for the basic course. In addition, you must (a) be medically qualified; (b) be credited with the first two years of ROTC; (c) have two academic years remaining at UD; (d) have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; and (e) be an American citizen.

In addition to one to three hours a week in the classroom, other experiences are gained by participation in:

  • Cadet and department-sponsored social events. 
  • Competition with other universities. 
  • Field training exercises in local areas. 
  • Historical visit to a Civil War battlefield. 
  • Leadership reaction course. 
  • Rappelling training. 
  • Training with Army units around the world. 
  • Water survival training. 

Organizations within ROTC such as Rangers, Pershing Rifles professional military fraternity and Association of the U.S. Army offer comradeship, training and leadership experience.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".


Army ROTC has a number of scholarships available, affording you the opportunity to defray a majority of the costs of higher education. As a high school student, you can compete for three- and four-year scholarships, valued from $146,000 to $179,000. Two- and three-year scholarships are available once you are enrolled at the University. These scholarships will pay full tuition and fees with a value up to $30,000, as well as a flat rate of $600 per semester for textbooks. In addition, you receive an allowance of $3,000 to $5,000 each school year the scholarship is in effect, with $300 a month in the first year, $350 a month in the sophomore year, $450 a month in the junior year and $500 a month in the senior year.