The Military Science minor at the University of Central Missouri prepares you to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army while you pursue your academic interests.
In UCM’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, you’ll develop the necessary leadership skills for military and professional success. You’ll also develop mental and physical agility and gain valuable survival skills.
Under the guidance and mentorship of military leaders and former ROTC cadets, you’ll explore your post-college options with the U.S. Army. This includes choosing to follow the military career path or aiming for a civilian professional career after completing your service in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
Undergraduate degree options to fit your status
Whether you’re currently an active-duty soldier or a recent high school graduate, UCM’s Military Science minor provides you with the opportunity to earn your college degree while serving your country. Undergraduate majors frequently paired with the Military Science minor include:
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Opportunities for advanced training
As a Military Science minor at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll take ROTC classes throughout all four years of your undergraduate education. You’ll progress through college while gaining increasing levels of responsibility in the program and building military knowledge, leadership skills and adaptability to set you up for military and professional success.
Courses you may take in the Military Science minor include:
The University of Central Missouri also offers optional program training opportunities through the minor, such as additional summer training in mountaineering, air assault school, ranger school and more.
As a cadet in the University of Central Missouri’s ROTC program, you’ll get exciting and immersive opportunities to put your skills into practice:
As a Military Science minor at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be ready to enter the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant right after graduation. From there, you can choose to move to an active-duty assignment, go into the U.S. Army Reserve or join the Army National Guard.
While most graduates are immediately commissioned into the U.S. Army, you can also choose to get additional education before you begin your service. Depending on your primary undergraduate major and career goals, you can enter graduate school, law school or medical school, or even train to be a U.S. Army chaplain. After you complete your advanced degree, you can enter the U.S. Army with additional qualifications that can help guide the trajectory and focus of your military career.
Once you finish your service, you can choose to continue with a lifetime career in the military or pursue an alternative career path outside the U.S. Army.
Careers with a Military Science minor
Use the interactive tool below to learn about the types of careers you can have as a Military Science minor. Learn about employment trajectories, salaries and more.
The University of Central Missouri offers a high-value education at an affordable price. In addition to our low tuition, we offer a number of ways to help you finance your education, including scholarships, grants, loans, tuition awards and more.
As a student in the ROTC program, you’ll be eligible for a number of U.S. Army scholarships, including:
You may also be eligible to apply for certain UCM-specific scholarships related to the Military Science minor, such as:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
In addition to the overall leadership skills and scholarship opportunities available in the Military Science minor, the University of Central Missouri also offers some targeted educational opportunities to jumpstart your career:
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The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides an opportunity for college nursing students to receive practical, hands-on leadership experience directly applicable to nursing practice. As a Registered Nurse, you are looked at as a leader in providing nursing care. But how can a person become a leader if they have never been given the skills to walk in that role? The Army ROTC Nurse Program is one avenue to acquire these skills. The Army ROTC Nurse Program provides nursing students the opportunity to develop management, communication and decision-making skills in a non-threatening environment. There are many advantages to becoming an Army Nurse.
Scholarship Students: 2,3 and 4 year scholarships are available to eligible nursing students at UCM. All scholarships provide:
Criteria for Scholarships:
Benefits of Army Nursing:
Additional nurse specialty training is offered to Army Nurses after graduation:
Advanced degree programs, funded by the Army, may be pursued in the following disciplines:
Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
NSTP is an optional clinical elective, conducted the summer between your Junior and Senior years. Over 10 hospitals in the United States, Germany, and Hawaii are NSTP sites. During NSTP you will be introduced to the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of a new officer in the Army Nurse Corps. NSTP provides progressive clinical experiences and leadership opportunities, while working side by side with and Army Nurse.
See the UCM Catalog for information about the UCM Nursing Program
The SMP is a volunteer officer training program that allows Army National Guard and Army Reserve enlisted members to participate in the Advance ROTC Program. Upon completion of Basic Training, a reserve component soldier that is an academic sophomore can join ROTC and earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation.
In addition, contracted non-scholarship ROTC cadets and Reserve Forces Duty (RFD) scholarship cadets can join a reserve component unit and the SMP. The intent of the SMP is to increase officer accessions into the Reserve Components by increasing ROTC enrollment from enlisted National Guard and Reserve members who are attending college.
What is SMP to me?
The SMP program provides:
Who is eligible?
What do I need to do to enroll in SMP?
The individual must:
If you are currently on active duty as an enlisted soldier Army ROTC can help you continue to grow and learn. The Army Green to Gold program provides options for soldiers interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree and earning a commission as an Army Officer.
and will have completed two years of active duty service before school starts and are accepted by a college or university as either a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you can compete for a Green to Gold four-, three-or two-year scholarship. The deadline for applying is 1 April. Selection deadline is 20 May.
Distinguished Alum from the UCM Army ROTC Program:
Major General Troy D. Kok assumed command of the 99th Regional Support Command headquartered
at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) on 10 September, 2016. He previously
served as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) at the United States Army Recruiting
Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
As the Commanding General of the 99th RSC, Major General Kok is responsible for administrative, logistics, and facilities support to more than 44,000 Army Reserve Soldiers across a region spanning thirteen Northeastern states. He also serves as the Senior Commander of JB MDL and US Army Base Fort Devens Training Facilities and Training Support.
He began his military career when he enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1982. He received his commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Central Missouri State University as a Quartermaster Officer in 1984, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology in 1986. He received his Master of Science degree in Aviation Safety two years later, and as a First Lieutenant, he transferred to the Aviation branch while serving with the 219th Transportation Company at Scott Air Force Base (AFB), Illinois. Over his 34 year career, and over 26 years on Active Guard Reserve duty, Major General Kok had the opportunity to serve at over 10 duty locations including three separate Battalion commands.
Major General Kok was deployed in January 2003 with the 377th Theater Sustainment Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), serving as the Theater Transportation Officer in the Distribution Management Center. Major General Kok returned to Kuwait in January 2004 and served as Planning Officer for the Deployment / Redeployment Operations Center OIF I and II rotations. After completing his second tour, Major General Kok was selected to command the Bison Battalion, ROTC unit at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, from 2005 to 2006, where he served as the Professor of Military Science. From 2006 to 2008, he commanded the 229th Aviation Regiment at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and a year later was assigned to serve as the Command Recruiting Officer of the 11th Aviation Command.
Major General Kok returned to Scott AFB from 2009 to 2011, where he served as the Deputy Director-Reserve Affairs and Deputy Commander-Joint Transportation Reserve at the United States Transportation Command. He was subsequently assigned to United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as Assistant Chief of Staff, G4, and Special Assistant to the CG. In 2012, Major General Kok was selected to command the 11th Theater Aviation Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and served as the Commander for Army Reserve Aviation leading to his previous assignment with USAREC as the DCG-S.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Senior Army Aviation Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Pathfinder Badge. He has attended numerous Army schools, including the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army War College, and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.
Major General Kok resides in Kentucky with his wife and children.
Arnold N Gordon-Bray
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US Army Retired
Arnold N. Gordon-Bray completed 30+ years of service in the United States Army where he demonstrated professional leadership skills in strategic communications, combat operations, foreign affairs and effective modernization in support of the Department of Defense and National Interests. He currently consults on Strategy, Operations, and humanitarian issues.
Gordon-Bray has extensive experience in commanding various levels of military forces from a platoon of 40 military service members to spearheading military operations in Iraq with a Brigade Combat Team consisting of over 4,500 men and women with the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. He has transitioned his global Strategic views on issues of leadership, diversity, veteran’s needs and education across America.
He has also held staff positions at virtually every level including: a Division Chief in the Joint Special Operations command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, The Directorate in The installation Management Command (IMCOM), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, for all Army bases World-wide and culminated his career in a 4-Star Headquarters (AFRICOM) as Deputy Director for Operations. Throughout his career he has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the toughest environments. General Gordon-Bray was a direct contributor to the War in Iraq where he fought and provided unique insights about transitioning. During the surge of 2007, as Principal Advisor to the Iraqi Ground Forces Commander, he aided in transforming 35,000 Iraqis into a force of 300,000 with 6 Divisions capable of functioning independently. Gordon-Bray had direct responsibility for training and mentoring Lieutenant General Ali, who later became the longest tenured military leader in the new Iraqi Army. In addition to conventional concepts of warfighting, General Gordon-Bray was vital in providing initial thoughts on AFRICOM operations and end-state for Odyssey Dawn—the first large-scale regional operation for AFRICOM. A broad thinker, his strategic input and leadership skills were routinely employed in establishing US relationships with African Leaders and US State Department personnel, often operating at the behest of other Directorates or the Combatant Commander.
General Gordon-Bray is also an effective leader with extensive skills in modernization and experimentation. As a Colonel, he developed and led the Army’s Experimentation Community of Practice, a diverse team of over 1000 operators, experimenters and innovative developers. He also led, managed, resourced and synchronized over 100 Joint and Army experiments involving thousands of participants that ultimately developed and refined the modular Army and its current successor.
Education: Master of Arts, National Security & Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Rhode Island Master of Science, International Strategic Studies, Air War College, Alabama Bachelor of Science, Art, University of Central Missouri. Additionally, He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Awards & Qualifications: Airborne Ranger with numerous awards and badges including the Army Defense Meritorious Service Medal (The Army’s highest peacetime award) the Defense Superior Service Medal, (3) Legions of Merit, (7) Meritorious Service Medals and two bronze stars. He is a certified Instructor and Holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.