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Military Science (Army ROTC)

U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program

The purpose of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps is to enable college students to pursue a course of study which will prepare them professionally and spiritually, upon graduation, for appointment as officers in the United State Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University offers ARMY ROTC through a cross-enrollment agreement with Elizabeth City State University.  

Students enrolled in the Military Science program will:

  • Register for Army ROTC just like other courses at MACU
  • Pay tuition at MACU
  • The MACU transcript will show those courses
  • Will attend classes at ESCU and MACU

Elizabeth City State University is the host campus for the Viking Battalion ROTC Program. The ROTC Offices are located in the ROTC Building (#115).

The Military Science curriculum consists of two two-year courses. First, the Basic Course consists of eight semester hours taken during freshman and sophomore years. It covers such subjects as the Army organization, military customs and traditions, leadership development, basic military skills, and physical training. In addition, a variety of outside social and professional enrichment activities are available. All necessary ROTC textbooks, uniforms, and other essential materials for the Basic Course are furnished at no cost. After completion of the Basic Course, students who have demonstrated the potential to become Army officers and who have met the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course.

Students who are unable to complete the on-campus Basic Course may attend the Army‘s Leader Training Course, an intensive 28-day summer camp (in lieu thereof) between their sophomore and junior years. The Professor of Military Science may also waive all or part of the Basic Course requirement based on prior military experience or Junior ROTC experience.

Once students have satisfactorily completed the Basic Course, they may apply for enrollment in the Advanced Course. If selected for enrollment in the Advanced Course, the student signs a contract with the United States Government in which s/he agrees to complete the course of instruction, attend the advanced summer camp, and accept a commission in the reserve or active components of the U.S. Army for a period as specified by the Secretary of the Army. The Advanced Course includes instruction in organization and management, tactics, ethics and professionalism, and further leadership development. All necessary textbooks and uniforms in the Advanced Course are also furnished to students. The Advanced Course requires four complete semester courses plus attendance at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), a 32-day advanced training camp at  Fort Lewis, Washington, during the summer following the junior year. LDAC gives cadets the chance to practice what they‘ve learned in the classroom, and introduces them to Army life ―in the field.‖ Students must also satisfactorily complete an approved military history course. Students must be U.S. Citizens to contract into the Advanced Course.

Currently the Secretary of the Army has specified that for scholarship students a contract is for a period of eight years, which consist of four years on active duty, either in the Regular Army, Army National Guard or U.S.  Army Reserve. The cadet is also required to perform an additional four years in the Inactive Ready Reserve, which consist of maintaining information with no drill requirement. Non-scholarship students may serve three years on active duty and five years in the Inactive Ready Reserve.

Army ROTC offers 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships that pay full tuition and fees. Students can apply at any time from their senior year in high school to the second semester of their sophomore year in college. All scholarship students also earn $300-$500 monthly stipend while in school, and an annual allowance of $900 for books and miscellaneous fees. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. In addition, qualified non-scholarship cadets are eligible for a tuition reduction if participating in ROTC.