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Military Science and Leadership - ROTC


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About ROTC

Why Join ROTC?

The Mission of the Fighting Mules Battalion is select, train, retain, develop, and commission high quality future leaders for the United States Army and the nation.   ROTC offers you the opportunity to earn a high-quality college degree while becoming a commissioned officer - for individuals with no prior army experience, active duty, or reserve.  Our program has been consistently recognized locally and nationally as a top ROTC battalion.

A Career - not just a degree 

The Military Science & Leadership Minor pairs well with any career field and provides a seamless transition into the U.S. Army.  Recent graduates received bachelor's degrees in aviation, criminal justice, nursing, and marketing that paved the way for their duty assignment.

Your courses will build a firm foundation of military knowledge and skills. As you take upper-level courses you will learn to be an articulate leader through theory and practical application. You’ll gain experience propelling off a building and leading small units in simulated tactical missions.

UCM is a Military Friendly School

The Military and Veterans Success Center connects you with fellow military and veteran students, study groups, a computer lab, and support from dedicated staff members.  

UCM Military & Veterans Service Center  Military Friendly 2022

Minor Degree Coursework

Required Courses:

MS 2500 History of the U.S. Army

MS 3310 Platoon Operations

MS 3320 Applied Leadership in Platoon Operations

MS 3330 Introduction to Army Physical Fitness Program

MS 3340 Concepts in Fitness Training Development

MS 4410 Mission Command and the Army Profession

MS 4420 Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer

MS 4430 Management of the Unit Fitness Program

MS 4440 The Army Master Fitness Program

MS 4510 Cadet Advanced Camp 

Electives (3 - 8 hours from the choices below):

MS 2510 Cadet Basic Camp


Military Basic Training


MS 1110 Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking

MS 1120 Introduction to the Profession of Arms

MS 2210 Foundations of Leadership 

MS 2220 Foundations of Tactical Leadership

Speak with your Success Advisor about creating your completion plan to ensure you meet all ROTC and all major requirements.

You can make an appointment with your Advisor online!

Activities/Get Involved

Zero Week

An exclusive opportunity to arrive on campus early, meet the cadre and  staff, as well as your fellow cadets, and settle in to life at UCM.  This week-long orientation includes social events as well as practical information and training such as learning your new routine, preparing a MRE (Meals-Ready-to-Eat), and  hearing from distinguished speakers.

CU & LP Cultural Understanding and Leadership Proficiency 

Cadets are chosen for a one-month deployment that allows them to practice their leadership skills while gaining exposure to other cultures, languages and different views from around the world.

Ranger Challenge

Cadets compete in land navigation, team ruck march, team obstacle course, day and night orienteering, grenade assault course and other events against cadets from across the country.

The Brigade Ranger Challenge is the Army ROTC Varsity Sport. Teams form early in the semester and train rigorously nearly every morning of the week. Ranger Challenge team members accomplish more before 0800 then most college students accomplish in an entire day. Teams train all the way up until the Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition.

This competition is conducted over two days on a non-tactical course. The mission is to challenge Cadets' mental and physical toughness and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit-de-corps. Teams participate in nine graded events.

Bataan Memorial Death March Team

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging 26.2 mile marathon through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during WWII, sacrificing their freedom, health, and in many cases, their lives. Sponsored by the White Sands Missile Range, the New Mexico National Guard, and the New Mexico State University Army ROTC Department.

Color Guard

Serve as a member of the color guard and learn the proper procedures for presenting the colors.  Once trained, you will get the opportunity to represent the ROTC program in public at sporting events, Central Missouri Police Academy graduation, and other events.

Cannon Crew & Push Up Crew

Join the Fighting Mules Battalion and get involved at UCM by leading the cannon crew and push up crew during Mules football games.


 Army ROTC Scholarship Programs provide financial assistance for the education and training of motivated young men and women who desire to serve as Army officers after graduation from college.

Four Year National Scholarship

  • Merit based 
  • Available aid: full scholarship for tuition and fees (100%), books ($1,200/year), monthly allowance ($420/month), room and board in campus housing (up to four semesters)
  • Apply through the U.S. Army website
  • Watch this video to help you with the process

Three Year National Scholarship

  • If you apply for the four-year scholarship and are not selected, you may be awarded a three-year scholarship instead that begins at the beginning of your sophomore year.

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship (GRFD)

  • Must serve in the National Guard or Army Reserves
  • Desire to serve in the Reserves as an Officer
  • May be for  two to eight semesters
  • Available aid: full scholarship for tuition and fees (100%), books ($1,200/year), monthly allowance ($420/month),  GRFD ($5,000/semester paid directly to the student)



Manage your scholarship through GoArmyEd.


UCM Scholarships


Fighting Mules Scholarship

  • Five available awards 
  • Students who applied but did not receive a  High School Scholarship award from the Army
  • Available aid: $1,000 ($1,500 if enrolled in UCM CyberSecurity program)
  • Minimum ACT score of 23
  • Enroll in MS 1110

Two year campus based scholarship

  • Apply during your sophomore year on campus
  • Must complete two years of ROTC or Army Basic Training or agree to complete the Leader's Training Course (LTC)
  • Available aid: full scholarship for tuition and fees (100%), books ($1,200/year), monthly allowance ($420/month)

Three or Four year campus based scholarships

  • Apply during your freshman year
  • Available aid: full scholarship for tuition and fees (100%), books ($1,200/year), monthly allowance ($420/month)


 The UCM Office of Military and Veterans Services is a good resource for connecting with military services.  


Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

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:

  • An opportunity to gain both a commission as a Second Lieutenant and a college degree
  • Hands-on management and leadership training
  • An ROTC stipend as a contracted ROTC cadet plus E-5 drill pay as a serving Guardsmen or Reservist
  • Annual Training and ROTC Advanced Camp pay
  • Montgomery GI Bill and tuition assistance
  • An opportunity to win a reserve forces scholarship
  • An opportunity for volunteer training in Airborne, Air Assault, Northern or Mountain
  • Warfare Training

Who is eligible?

Anyone who:

  • Has completed Basic Training
  • Is an academic sophomore
  • Is physically qualified
  • Is under 30 years of age upon commissioning (waiverable through age 34)
  • Has a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Has or agrees to have four years remaining on their current military obligation
  • Is a full time student
  • Is a U.S. citizen

What do I need to do to enroll in SMP?

The individual must:

  • Enlist in the Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve if not already a member
  • Discuss his/her interest with the unit commander, and gain a letter of acceptance into the SMP program and an endorsement from the unit to the professor of Military Science affirming your aptitude ability to become an officer.
  • Interview with the ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer or Professor of Military Science
  • Take a DoDMERB physical
  • Register for Military Science

Provide ROTC unit with:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Copy of DD 214/220
  • DA 4836 if less than 4 years are left on your current enlistment
  • NGB 594-1 or DA 4892
  • APFT Card (DA 705)
  • Copy of your latest physical exam
  • Copy of transcripts and ACT/SAT scores

Recruiters/More Information

SFC Shane Bertalott
US Army National Guard
708 S. Maguire St
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Cell: 417-693-4725
Fax: 660-747-8395


Green to Gold


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. 


  • U.S. Citizen (non-waiverable)
  • Age - you must be under 31 years of age on 31 December of the year you complete all requirements for a commission. You must have acquired your bachelor's degree by this time. This is a statutory requirement and there are no waivers authorized.
  • No criminal convictions.
  • You must have served a minimum of two-years Active Duty as well as three months of Active Duty for every one month of specialized training (a waiver can be requested).
  • GT score of 110 or greater.
  • Pass the APFT within the last six months with score of 180 or higher, minimum of 60 points in each event.
  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • Cumulative High School or College GPA of 2.5.
  • Letter of Acceptance to School of Choice offering Army ROTC.
  • Letter of Acceptance from the PMS of that Army ROTC Battalion.
  • Favorable National Agency Check.
  • DODMERB Medical Qualification.
  • No more than three dependents including spouse (waiverable).
  • Four-year applicants must have a minimum ACT score of 19 or a minimum SAT score of 1000 (waiverable).


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. 

Financial Benefits

Scholarship Students: 2,3 and 4 year scholarships are available to eligible nursing students at UCM. All scholarships provide: 

  • Tuition/fees: up to full tuition. 
  • Books: $1,200/yr 
  • Graduated Monthly Stipend: Freshman- $420, Sophomores- $420, Juniors- $420, Seniors- $420 
  • Reimbursed: up to $400 for some nursing expenses 
  • University Incentives: Additional financial assistance is available for eligible students through the Financial Aide Office. 
  • Departmental Benefits: Room and Board, and additional monetary awards 
  • Non-Scholarship Students: Students may participate in Army ROTC without a scholarship and receive the same monthly stipend of up to $500.00 per month for expenses during their junior and senior years of college. More importantly than the $500.00 per month is the guaranteed clinical nursing job upon graduation. Army ROTC nursing graduates will have the start to a fantastic career in nursing, with unbeatable continuing education opportunities.  

Criteria for Scholarships:
  • Attend a college or university with a NLN accredited nursing program.
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • 21 ACT
  • Under 27 years of age by June of the year in which you graduate. Veterans who qualify may be eligible for an extension of this age requirement up to a maximum age of 29.
  • Good moral Character
  • Physically fit & Medically qualified

Benefits of Army Nursing:
  • Choose from over 30 medical facilities around the world.
  • Receive a substantial housing allowance.
  • Free medical and dental care.
  • 30 days paid vacation a year.
  • Commissary and post exchange shopping at considerable savings.
  • Choose a clinical focus from a wide variety of specialties.
  • Positions available in clinical, administrative, and educational specialties in a variety of settings.
  • Outstanding continuing education opportunities.
  • Professional autonomy.
  • Travel opportunities.
  • Steady increases in pay and allowances.
  • Regular progression in promotions and selection for positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Maintain seniority as you change locations and jobs.
  • Serve as an officer in the United States Army.
  • Practice in an all baccalaureate degree prepared Nurse Corps.

Educational Opportunities:

Additional nurse specialty training is offered to Army Nurses after graduation:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Critical Care / Emergency room
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health
  • Operating Room
  • Community Health

Advanced degree programs, funded by the Army, may be pursued in the following disciplines:

  • Nurse Anesthesia - Masters Degree
  • Nurse Midwifery - Masters Degree
  • Health Care Administration - Masters Degree
  • Nursing program of choice - Masters Degree
  • Clinical Nurse Practitioner - Masters Degree
  • Doctoral study in nursing science, education, or administration 

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


Current Students - Cadet Profiles


Chain of Command




Distinguished Alum from the UCM Army ROTC Program:

Major General Troy D. Kok

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

Arnold N Gordon-Bray

President/Owner ANGB

Consulting LLC, 360 C2C

Brigadier General

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.



Fighting Mules Battalion
Recruiting and Enrollment Officer
Humphreys 100
Tel: (660) 543-4863



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