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    Jun 24, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Military Science

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Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, Suite 325

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #310977
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Capt Harold M. Burke, Chair


Burke, Figueredo, Lindsey, Thompson, Widener


The Department of Military Science offers an Army ROTC program that develops leadership skills and provides military education vital to a career as an Army officer as an integral part of the UNT curriculum. Active-duty Army personnel provide all classroom instruction and program administration.

The program is open to male and female students. Freshmen may enroll in the four-year program, and sophomores through graduate students with at least two undergraduate or graduate academic years remaining at UNT may apply for a two- or three-year program. Deviations from these programs must be approved by the chair of the Department of Military Science. Students who complete any program with at least a bachelor’s degree are awarded commissions as U.S. Army officers.

Three- and four-year program eligibility requirements

  1. Full-time student (12 credit hours).
  2. Good physical condition (APFT 270 or above).
  3. Good moral character.
  4. Able to complete the Basic/Advanced Course prior to the age of 31 years (year of commissioning). Non-scholarship students can be granted waivers up to 39 years of age.
  5. Able to meet eligibility requirements 2–5 of the two-year program below after the first two years of Army ROTC training (Basic Course).

Enrollment procedures for the first two years of Army ROTC, known as the Basic Course, are the same as for any other course at UNT. In the last semester of the Basic Course, students who wish to enroll for the last two years of the program, known as the Advanced Course, must contract with the U.S. Army.

Requirements for contracting (non-scholarship) are a 2.5 GPA, approved medical screening (DODMERB), and a passing score on the Army Physical Fitness Test. As a Contracted cadet, each student receives a tax-free stipend for the duration of the school year. Juniors receive $450 per month and seniors receive $500 per month.

Two-year program eligibility requirements

  1. Meet eligibility requirements 1–4 of the four-year program.
  2. U.S. citizen.
  3. Have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to be awarded an Army scholarship.
  4. Have at least two undergraduate or graduate academic years remaining at UNT.
  5. Pass a physical fitness test and pass a Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical examination.
  6. Complete a paid four-week summer training course at Fort Knox, Ky.

Once students in the two-year program compete successfully for a slot and enter into the Advance Course, they will receive the same stipend as the cadets in the three- and four-year program. Each student accepted into the two-year program must contract with the U.S. Army.

Credit for required courses

Completion of 12 semester hours of upper division ROTC courses can be substituted for PSCI 2305 with prior written approval from the student’s major department.

Leadership Laboratory

A required corresponding level leadership laboratory is taken an average of two hours per week throughout the student’s enrollment in AROTC. Instruction is conducted within the framework of an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop each student’s leadership potential.

Leadership laboratory involves a study of Army customs and courtesies, tactics and techniques, drill and ceremonies, career opportunities in the Army, and the life and work of an Army junior officer. Students develop their leadership potential in a practical, supervised laboratory, which typically includes scenario-driven activities.

Army ROTC physical training (PT) program

This required program includes three mandatory one-hour PT sessions each week. PT involves enhancing the fitness level of cadets and prepares them to meet AROTC and Army standards. The program is designed to motivate cadets to pursue a physically fit and active lifestyle and to improve both safety and efficiency of physical training within AROTC. Cadets must meet physical fitness requirements in order to be commissioned.

Special consideration to veterans

Students with at least six months of active military service may be granted waivers on a portion of the Basic Course. For information, consult the department office.


Uniforms and equipment for Army ROTC courses are issued to contracted/scholarship cadets. Textbooks and study material are issued at no cost to non-contracted cadets.


Scholarships, available to qualified students in the four-year, three-year and two-year programs, provide full tuition, fees, a textbook allowance ($1,200) and a tax-free subsistence allowance between $300 and $500 per month. Competition is based on SAT or ACT results, high school or college academic record, and extracurricular and athletic activities. For information, contact the department office.




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