Military Science

The Military Science Program, open to both men and women, is divided into two separate courses. The basic course is designed to acquaint the student with the military and its role in American society. The advanced course is designed for those students who desire to earn a commission as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or the National Guard. (Sixteen semester hours of ROTC credit can be counted toward a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown College.) For more information contact the Army ROTC office at the University of Kentucky at (859) 257-2696.


Scholarships (4, 3, and 2 year) are available, on a competitive basis, to qualified students. These scholarships pay for tuition, all books and laboratory fees and provide the recipient with a $200 tax-free subsistence allowance each month of the school year. Scholarship students do not automatically incur an active duty obligation.

Academic Program

The normal four-year program consists of the successful completion of Army ROTC course work which qualifies a student to be commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the United States Army. The following courses are required to complete this program: Military Science (MLS) 101, 102, 107, 211, 212, 301, 302, 320, 341, 342, 350. In addition to these courses, an alternative two-year program is also available for students who have at least two academic years remaining until graduation and have not taken the required MLS 100 and 200 level courses. Interested students must attend a five-week Basic Camp conducted at Ft. Knox, Kentucky during the summer. Successful completion of the Basic Camp enables academic juniors to enroll in MLS 300 level courses and complete the pre-commission program in two years. Students who complete Basic Camp will receive a four-hour 4.0 credit. Basic Camp attendees are also eligible for two-year scholarships.

The Basic Courses (100 and 200 levels) are orientational in content and deal with U.S. Military history, small unit tactics, military communication, and civil-military relations in a changing world. NO MILITARY OBLIGATION IS INCURRED BY THE COMPLETION OF THESE COURSES.

The Advanced Course (300 level) focuses on leadership, management, and command/staff responsibilities within military organizations and prepares students for their prospective role as an officer in the United States Army. All junior and senior Advanced Army ROTC students are eligible to receive up to $400 per month up to 10 months of the school year; a MILITARY OBLIGATION is incurred. Advanced Course students must attend ROTC classes at the University of Kentucky on Wednesday afternoons. In addition, students are paid approximately $750 during the summer(s) they attend and complete the Basic and/or the Advanced Camp.


101. Introduction to the Army. (2 hours) A course examining the U.S. Army as an institution, specifically looking at the roles and relationships of the Army within our democracy. Course also provides a look at the Army officer and unique aspects of the military profession.

102. Introduction to Leadership. (2 hours) This course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental skills necessary to be a leader, both in military and civilian contexts. Course also covers basic military map reading skills.

107. Beginning Conditioning. (1 hour) Devoted to furthering the physical development of the ROTC student in preparing to become an officer in the U. S. Army.

200. Basic Camp. (4 hours) A five-week leadership program is held each year at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. This program allows select sophomores, juniors, and potential graduate students to receive credit for the first two years of college Army ROTC while pursuing a commission during their final two years.

211. Advanced Leadership I. (2 hours) This course delves into theoretical and practical leadership instruction. Specifically, students examine several aspects of communication and leadership concepts such as written and oral communication, effective listening, assertiveness, personality, adult development, motivation, and organizational culture and change. Each lesson maximizes student participation, inspires intellectual curiosity, and clarifies practical application. The course concludes with a major leadership and problem solving case study. Upon completion, students will be well grounded in fundamental leadership principles and will be better prepared to apply such principles to a wide variety of life experiences. Prerequisite: None. (Completion of MLS 101, 102 and 211 are recommended but not required).

212. Advanced Leadership II. (2 hours) This course focuses principally on officership, providing an extensive examination of the unique purpose, roles, and obligations of commissioned officers. It includes a detailed look at the origin of our institutional values and their practical application in decision-making and leadership. At the core of this course of instruction is a capstone study in officership/leadership. This lesson traces the Army’s successes and failures as it evolved from the Vietnam War to the present, placing previous lessons on leadership and officership in a real world context that directly affects the future of students who choose to enter the advance course of the ROTC program. This course draws the various components of values, communications, decision-making, and leadership together to focus on a career as a commissioned officer. Upon completion of this course, student should possess a fundamental understanding of both leadership and officership, demonstrate the ability to apply this understanding in real world situations, and be excited about the aspect of shouldering the responsibility of a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Prerequisite: None (Completion of MLS 101, 102, and 211 are recommended but not required).

250. Basic Military Science Lab. (1 hour) A hands-on practicum which exposes the student to the military skills required for basic technical and tactical competence to enter the Advanced Course. Laboratory, two hours per week and two weekend exercises. May be repeated to a maximum of four credits.

301. Leadership and Management. (3 hours) Course of study in development of basic skills required to function as a manager, study of leadership styles, group dynamics, communications, motivation, and military instruction methods; and school of the soldier and exercise of command. Prerequisites: MLS 101, 202, graduate or undergraduate student (male or female), successful completion of the basic course or basic camp, physical fitness to pursue program, consent of PMS.

302. Advanced Tactics. (3 hours) Small Unit tactics and communications, organization and mission of combat arms units; leadership and the exercise of command. Prerequisite: MLS 101, 202, graduate or undergraduate student (male and female), successful completion of basic course or basic camp, physical fitness to pursue program, consent of PMS.

320. Advanced Studies in American Military History. (3 hours) This course will furnish upper-level UK ROTC Cadets and qualified History Majors or Minors with the methodological tools and materials needed to gain a more detailed understanding of American Military History and to put together a major research paper. The course will emphasize basic research skills. Understanding historiographical debates within a military framework, developing effective note taking, outlining techniques, picking a feasible research topic, finding useful primary sources and drawing inferences from them, examining American Military Campaigns and leaders in order to complete a battle analysis, and short assignments.

341. Leadership and Management II. (3 hours) An advanced study of logistics, operations, military administrations, personnel management, military justice, world change and military implications, service orientation, and leadership training. Prerequisites: MLS 301, 302.

342. Command Management. (3 hours) A course teaching ethics, professionalism, contemporary aspects of military training and personnel management, and the planning and conduct of military operations

350. Advanced Military Science Lab. (1 hour) A hands-on practicum which exposes the student to the military skills required for advanced technical and tactical competence as an Army officer. The course affords junior and senior cadets opportunities to develop and refine their leadership style and abilities under differing constraints and environments. Laboratory, two hours per week and two weekend exercises. May be repeated to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisites: MLS 250, MLS 101, MLS 201, and MLS 202. Concurrent: MLS 301, 302, 341, or 342.