Military Science (Army ROTC Commission):
The military science program at USU is a four-year, nondegree program that provides coursework and training for students wishing to become officers in the Army. The program’s goal is to provide students with practical leadership training and to teach students how to be a leader in changing environments. These skills are not only necessary for future Army officers, but they also help students become better citizens.
Coursework consists of military history, leadership development, and national defense, and students also gain extensive experience with field training opportunities at rifle ranges, in Logan and Green Canyons, and at Camp Williams, the National Guard Training Site near Herriman, Utah. The military science coursework is open to all interested students in the first two years. Students can participate without the intention of finishing the program. Students at the junior and senior level must be committed to finishing the program and becoming officers in the Army.
Students pursuing the ROTC program complete a major in any area of their choosing and will graduate with a degree in their major and with a minor in military science. During the summer before their senior year, students will attend the National Advanced Leadership Camp to further refine their leadership skills in preparation for becoming officers. Students graduate with the rank of Second Lieutenant and then pursue their careers as Army Officers in a variety of branches.
When a student graduates from USU as an Army ROTC Cadet, they earn the rank of Second Lieutenant. They will then pursue one of three career paths:
- Active duty in the army
- National Guard
- Army Reserve
In the National Guard or the Army Reserve, graduates work in civilian careers depending upon their college major and will serve in the Army on weekends and at trainings.
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
Students pursuing the ROTC program complete a major in any area of their choosing and will graduate with their major and with a minor in military science. Since certain majors have admissions requirements in addition to USU's general admissions requirements, students should check with their individual department for details.
Any student is welcome to take military science courses in their freshman and sophomore years. Juniors and seniors and those officially enlisted must meet the Army’s specifications, which include a height and weight requirement. Students can receive more information on these from the program.
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
Ranger Challenge Club: This club is a 12-person team that trains for a yearly Ranger Challenge competition against other schools. Students compete in various challenges to test their skills in logic, strength, speed, and agility. To be accepted into the Ranger Challenge Club, students must pass tryouts, which consist of physical tests.