Military Science

Military Science, ROTC

Military Science/ROTC is a professional development program that allows you to choose and follow any major offered by the university while participating in courses specific to ROTC.

Students will combine classroom work with hands-on experience in the field while learning leadership and communication skills. ROTC will give you confidence in an Army career or in the civilian world while exercising core competencies that are essential to success.

Upon graduation, cadets are then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Army, either on active duty or as a part of a reserve component (National Guard/Reserves).  Non-contracted students, those that are participating to see if the program is something they want to commit to, are also welcome to participate in ROTC classes with no obligation for the first two years.

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Military Science/ROTC is a professional development program that allows you to choose and follow any major offered by the university while participating in courses specific to ROTC.

Multiple scholarships are offered, ranging from four-years to two-years; all contracted Cadets receive a monthly stipend.  Non-contracted students are also welcome to participate in ROTC classes with no obligation for the first two years.  Gorilla Battalion cadets participate in class and labs learning leadership and management skills, two Field Training Exercises a year, Ranger Challenge (a team-oriented military skills competition), various social functions, Honor Guard presenting the colors at university and community functions, and the time-honored Cannon Crew at football games. 

Cadets participate in the Cadet Leader Course training between their junior and senior year at Ft. Knox, KY. It is at this course that all of the skills and leadership developed during your three previous years are put to use and evaluated in order to decide which career field you will be placed into upon graduation and commissioning into the United States Army.

The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows you to enroll in Army ROTC while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. As an SMP Cadet, you will gain additional monthly training and experience in a Reserve or National Guard Unit while being a full time student. Additional monthly stipends and scholarships are also available for Cadets interested in the Reserves or National Guard.

Upon graduation cadets are then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Army, either on active duty or as a part of a reserve component (National Guard/Reserves).

SRC and Veteran Memorial

Over 100 Cadets are enrolled in the PSU Military Science/ROTC program

Rappelling lessons

For students who want something more out of their college experience

Raft Practice

Cadet Life in the Gorilla Cadet Battalion
at Pitt State

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Contact Information

Chair: MAJ Chuck Costello
Contact: Mr. Josh Shay

Army ROTC
1701 S Broadway St
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone 620-235-4859
Fax 620-235-4862

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