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Military Science

College of Health and Human Services

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Program Director: Major Victor Stephenson

Program Office: HSB 108

Faculty: Major Tobey Humphries, SFC Scott Mathis


Career Possibilities

United States Army Officer, part-time or fulltime, with possible career fields in
• Aviation • Armor • Nurse Corps • Engineer • Finance • Military Intelligence • Infantry • Ordance • Medical • Air Defense • Quartermaster • Field Artillery • Chemical • Signal• Transportation (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (Army ROTC) program offers leadership and management training to CSULB students. This dynamic four-year program of instruction develops the mental and physical abilities of students in preparation for positions of leadership with the military and civilian communities. Students may enroll for academic elective credit without incurring any military service obligation. The curriculum includes military leadership and management courses; courses which provide an awareness of the heritage of the U.S. Military; the Armed Forces’ role in national defense strategy; professional military subjects; and military ethics. The program is oriented towards preparing the student for a military career. Students desiring to attain a highly sought-after commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army must meet eligibility requirements and complete the Military Science/Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Advanced Course. To be eligible for the Commissioning Program, a student must be enrolled full time (12 units) at CSULB, have at least one and a half years remaining as a university student, be physically qualified, complete the advanced course and graduate prior to reaching their 31st birthday.

Financial Assistance

Many opportunities for financial assistance are available to students. Three areas of opportunities are: ROTC cadets who sign a contract for Advanced Phase, students who earn an ROTC scholarship, and cadets who train with Reserve or National Guard units. ROTC cadets who sign a contract to participate in ROTC receive a $300 - $500 a month allowance. Highly competitive two-, three-, and four-year ROTC scholarships are also available. The scholarship provides payment of full tuition, room and board, books and supplies in addition the $300 - $500 a month allowance for the duration of the scholarship. Scholarship recipients can also elect to have their room and board costs paid (up to $10,000), rather than a tuition payment. Students interested in scholarship competition should contact the Military Science Program at the time of application to the university. Reserve or National Guard training provides two additional sources of financial assistance: approximately $150 a month for one weekend drill and approximately $145 a month tuition assistance from the Army Reserve or National Guard "New GI Bill" benefits.

Equipment and Uniforms

All necessary equipment, uniforms and textbooks for participation in the Military Science/ROTC program are furnished to the student by the United States Government free of charge. Title to this property, other than expendable items, remains with the government. Students entering into active commissioned service after graduation are granted a special $200 uniform allowance.

Four-Year Program

The four-year program curriculum is divided into two parts. The Basic Course is primarily for freshmen and sophomores, and the Advanced Course is for junior and senior level students. In special cases, the Advanced Course is available to students working towards graduate degrees.

Basic Course

The Basic Course is a one to two-year period where students may, without obligation, investigate the ROTC Program and the military as a full- or part-time career. Students may enter and leave during any semester. The curriculum for the Basic Course is consists of the lower division courses listed below. To become an ROTC cadet during the Basic Course requires the student be registered for a Military Science class, completion of an ROTC enrollment form (obtained at the Military Science Department, HSD, Room 108), and an interview with the ROTC Enrollment Officer. Because this course is for students to examine the ROTC Program without obligation, participation in ROTC activities is encouraged but not mandatory. Advancement into the Advanced Course is accomplished either by successfully completing the Basic Course classes, completing ROTC Summer Basic Camp or completing any military basic training program.

ROTC Leaders Training Course

One method to qualify for the Advanced Course is to successfully complete the challenging 30-day ROTC Summer Basic Camp. Students normally attend Basic Camp between their second and third academic years. It is important that potential transfer students who plan to participate in the two-year ROTC program make their intentions known directly to the Military Science Program no later than May of the year they plan to register at the university even though this date may precede the date of their final acceptance by the university.

The government will provide a transportation allowance to and from Basic Camp and the student will also receive approximately $600 during the 30 days. All equipment, uniforms, room and medical care are furnished free while at camp. No military obligation is incurred as a result of attendance. It is recommended though that the student be committed to pursuing a career in the military either in an active or reserve capacity.

Basic Training

Outstanding students who have successfully served on active duty, regardless of the branch of service, are qualified to enter the Advanced Course. Also, students who have been, or are members of Reserve or National Guard units and have completed basic training are qualified for the Advanced Course. Students may be required to take certain lower division classes even after enrollment in the Advanced Course.

Leader Development/Assessment Course

The Advanced Course is a two-year period where ROTC cadets receive advanced leadership and management training. The cadets receive many hours of hands-on, practical leadership experiences to prepare them for a military career or a management position in the civilian sector. To become a cadet in the Advanced Course a student must complete the Basic Course, or ROTC Summer Basic Camp, or Basic Training. The cadet must also make a commitment to attend all required training activities and sign a contract to accept a commission in the United States Army. In return for the student’s commitment, the Military Science Department will provide $350 - $500 a month, classroom instruction, real leadership opportunities, and continuous feedback on each cadet’s leadership progress. A 32-day summer training camp, between the two years of the Advanced Course, will be provided for assessing and developing each cadet’s leadership abilities. All equipment, uniforms, room, board, and medical care are furnished free while at this camp. The cadets will also receive pay at the rate of one-half of Second Lieutenant's basic pay. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Course and graduation from the university, the cadet will be eligible to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Required Related General Education Subjects

  1. Written Communications: (Category A) ENGL 100
  2. Human Behavior: (Category D) POSC 100
  3. Computer Literacy
  4. Mathematical Reasoning: (Category B) MATH 103 or 110