Military Science

Military ScienceMinor

The U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was established at Idaho State University under provisions recommended to the State Board of Education and in accordance with national requirements. Participation by students in the program is voluntary. The objective of the Advanced Course is to provide students, who have the ability and desire, the ­opportunity to become commissioned ­officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Students interested in scholarship information may contact Officer-In-Charge CPT Michael Goering, Garrison Hall Rm B-1, (208) 282-3754.

Admission Requirements

Advanced Course cadets must:

  1. Have satisfied one of the following requirements: Successful completion of the Basic Course, the 28-day summer Basic Camp (BC), or Basic Training. In addition, all students must have completed a minimum of 54 credits toward their chosen career field.
  2. Be able to complete all requirements for commissioning before their 34th ­birthday (waivable to 39 years).
  3. Successfully complete the prescribed survey and general screening tests.
  4. Execute an individual contract with the government in which they agree to complete the Advanced Course at Idaho State University or any other ­institution at which they may thereafter be ­enrolled where such a program is offered.
  5. Devote a minimum of eight hours a week to the military training prescribed by the Secretary of the Army.
  6. Contract into the Army Reserve ROTC Control Group. This enlistment does not involve additional training or duty but is to ensure compliance with the terms of the contract signed by the student.
  7. Agree to accept a commission if tendered.
  8. Serve as a commissioned officer in the active Army, the Army Reserve, or the National Guard. Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) assignments are available for those who do not want to compete for the active duty assignments. The GRFD assignment allows officers to serve in the Reserves or National Guard with an Army Commission.
  9. Complete the requirements for Professional Military Education (PME). The PME system is designed to articulate skills and knowledge that are required of all U.S. Army Officers. The Professional Military Education component consists of two parts, a baccalaureate degree in an academic field and a military history course.
  10. Participate in the Military Fitness class every semester until commissioned.

Scope of Instruction

Instruction in ROTC is divided into the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. Each is described below.


The program of instruction leading to a commission as a second lieutenant consists of academic classes in military science, one or more several-week summer training events, and a bachelor’s degree in an academic major (including the Bachelor of Applied Science). Training in leadership is emphasized. Instruction is given in subjects common to all branches of the Army with emphasis placed on the following: organization of the Army and ROTC, individual weapons and marksmanship, military history, management, leadership, map reading, land navigation and orienteering, U.S. Army and national security, military teaching principles, tactics, communications, operations, logistics, administration, military law, and the role of the United States military in world affairs.

Basic Course

Normally taken the freshman and sophomore years, the Basic Course gives the student the opportunity to experience the Army without incurring any obligation.

Satisfactory completion of the Basic Course fulfills one of the requirements for continuation in the four-year program and acceptance into the Advanced Course. Those students desiring to take the Advanced Course but lacking the credit for the Basic Course may satisfy the requirements by attending a 28-day summer camp or by completing Military Basic Training. Veterans and Reserve/National Guard members may receive credit for the Basic Course.

Advanced Course

In addition to the requirements of the ­Basic Course, the Advanced Course requires two additional years of military science and a 35-day training course, which provides practical application of instruction previously given. Admission to the Advanced Course is by permission of the Chair of the Department of Military Science.


The Military Science department offers a multitude of scholarships, both Cadet Command Army-sponsored and Idaho State University-sponsored. Cadet Command offers a four-year scholarship to high school graduating seniors, which pays up to 100% of tuition and education fees OR room and board (chosen by the student). There is an additional book allowance. There are also limited numbers of 4, 3, and 2-year scholarships available once a student is on campus. In addition, Army scholarship winners also receive a tax-free subsistence allowance for 10 months per year, increasing yearly upon progression through Military Science. Each student selected for a scholarship must serve in the National Guard, Reserves, or Active Duty as a commissioned officer upon commissioning. For more information, please visit Students who are in the Advanced Course (junior and senior status) and some qualifying sophomores will also receive an additional monthly subsistence.


Basic and Advanced Course students will be provided uniforms and equipment for ROTC classes. All such items of clothing and equipment are the property of the U.S. government and are provided solely for the purpose of furthering the military training of the student. Students are responsible for the safekeeping, care, and return of the property issued to them.

Basic Course Required Courses/Activities

(select a, b, or c):

a) The following courses:
MSL 1101
Leadership and Personal Development
and Leadership and Personal Development Laboratory
MSL 1111Military Style Physical Fitness for Civilians1
MSL 1102
Introduction to Tactical Leadership
and Introduction to Tactical Leadership Laboratory
MSL 1112Army Physical Fitness for Civilians1
MSL 2201
Innovative Team Leadership
and Innovative Team Leadership Laboratory
MSL 2211Novice Army Physical Fitness1
MSL 2202
Foundations of Tactical Leadership
and Foundations of Tactical Leadership Laboratory
MSL 2212Beginning Army Physical Fitness1
Ranger Challenge
b) Attendance at ROTC Leaders Training Course 16
c) Prior military service

ROTC Advanced Course Required Courses/Activities

(For contracted cadets ONLY):

MSL 3301
Adaptive Technical Leadership
and Adaptive Team Leadership Laboratory
MSL 3311Intermediate Army Physical Fitness1
MSL 3302
Leadership in Changing Environments
and Leadership in Changing Environments Laboratory
MSL 3312Experienced Army Physical Fitness1
MSL 3320Leadership in US Military History3
MSL 4401
Developing Adaptive Leaders
and Developing Adaptive Leaders Laboratory
MSL 4411Advanced Army Physical Fitness1
MSL 4402
Leadership in a Complex World
and Leadership in a Complex World Laboratory
MSL 4412Expert ROTC Physical Fitness1
Ranger Challenge
ROTC Nurse Seminar Training
Leader Development and Assessment Course LDAC 1
Military Science Internship
Military Science and Leadership Practicum

Faculty and Staff

Military Science Courses