The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) mission is to prepare future leaders of the United States Army mentally, morally, and physically for commissioning. The goal is to provide a steady supply of well-educated junior officers ready to serve their country. The AROTC program is designed to support and help ensure success of the student in their academic major at the University, as well as accomplish the following objectives:

  • Understand the fundamental roles and missions of the U.S. Army
  • Know the concepts and principles of leadership, values and ethics
  • Appreciate national security requirements
  • Gain a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility; and
  • Attain an educational background that will allow advanced/continued education later in their careers.

This program is instructed by and paid completely by select Officer and Non-Commissioned Officers of the U.S. Army. 

Several AROTC scholarship and non-scholarship programs lead to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. For the scholarship programs outlined, the student receives tuition, uniforms, book allowance, and $350-$500 per month subsistence allowance based on seniority. Scholarship students incur a minimum of a four-year active duty obligation that starts immediately after graduation and commissioning. Non-scholarship programs are designed for those students who want to be officers, but do not initially obtain a scholarship. For non-scholarship students, the Army provides uniforms, Army textbooks and, if selected for advanced standing, pays the student a $350 -$500 per month stipend during the junior and senior years, respectively. Non-scholarship students have a minimum of a three-year active duty obligation. 

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a United States citizen and present official certified proof of citizenship.
  • Must have high moral standards and officer-like character as evidenced by appearance, scholarship, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the community. Criminal conviction is normally disqualifying.
  • Applicants for the Scholarship Program must be at least 17 years of age on or before September 1 of the year of enrollment, and must be less than 27 years of age in
  • June of the calendar year in which commissioned. Age waivers are available, and other limitations may exist based on an applicant’s special circumstances.
  • Scholarship students and College Program students must meet the physical qualification standards set by the U.S. Army.

Four-Year Scholarship Program
These students are selected through national competition for this program. There is a separate Army selection process for these scholarships which is highly selective. Historically, each AROTC institution has about 25 scholarships available each year. Scholarship students must complete specific Army academic requirements.

Two-Year Scholarship Program
These students also are selected through national competition and must have demonstrated excellence in their first two years of college. If selected, these students attend the Leadership Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. LTC is designed to satisfy the military science requirements that were missed in the first two years of college.  This course will provide you with the leadership skills necessary to succeed in today's business world. This course is currently 28 days long and is held during the Summer.

Four-Year Nurse Scholarship Program
These students also are selected through national competition. The nursing program is highly structured and allows few opportunities for electives or tailoring schedules. These students play an active part in the battalion, but their academic and summer training requirements are much different. Many of the military science courses are waived for the nursing students because there is limited room in their academic program. Nurse scholarship students must serve on active duty for four years in the Nurse Corps after commissioning.

Four-Year College Program
College Program students are not on scholarship, but may receive a US Army Cadet Command scholarship as early as six months after starting their program if scholarship funding is available, if they meet certain academic and aptitude requirements, and if they are nominated to by the Professor of Military Science. These students are fully integrated into the battalion and take all of the military science courses required of scholarship students.

Two-Year College Program
This program is similar in requirements to the AROTC Two-Year Scholarship, but participants do not receive scholarships. Students in this program go to LTC for summer training and will be commissioned upon graduation.

Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC), held at Ft. Lewis Washington, takes place during the summer between the junior and senior year. LDAC provides the Army with a means to evaluate the quality of  cadets across the country. The Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, is U.S. Army Cadet Command’s flagship training and assessment exercise held here each summer. Every Army ROTC Cadet hoping to pin-on the gold bar of an Army lieutenant must successfully complete LDAC. After graduation, most attendees will go back to their colleges or universities to finish their degrees and then be commissioned. LDAC is a 29-day odyssey in leadership and Soldiering skills. From the moment Cadets arrive at Fort Lewis they are challenged to excel. From the Army Physical Fitness Test held within the first few days of a Cadet’s arrival, to the ultimate challenge of managing a patrol squad in the field as events unfold without warning, Cadets are put through their paces and evaluated for their fitness to lead American Soldiers.

Field Training Exercises
There will be a field training exercise held once a semester. These exercises are designed to provide valuable leadership experience necessary to becoming a competent leader in the US Army, and will also serve as further preparation for LDAC.



Professional Curriculum

Freshman Year

Code  Course  Credit
MSL 100L Leadership  Laboratory  I (0 credit course) 0
MSL 101 Fundamentals of Military Science I 1
MSL 102 Fundamentals of Military Science II 1
                                                                                                    Total:​ 2

Sophomore Year

Code  Course  Credit
MSL 200L Leadership Laboratories II (0 credit course) 0
MSL 201 Introductions to Tactical Leadership II 2
MSL 202  Introductions to Tactical Leadership II 2
                                                                                                   Total:​ 4

Junior Year

Code  Course  Credit
MSL 300L Leadership Laboratories III (0 credit course) 0
MSL 301 Adaptive Tactical Leadership 3
MSL 302 Leadership in Changing Environments 3
                                                                                                  Total:​ 6


Senior Year

Code  Course  Credit
MSL 400L Leadership Laboratories IV (0 credit course) 0
MSL 401 Developing Adaptive Leaders 3
MSL 402 Leadership in a Complex World 3
                                                                                                 Total:​ 6


Although mainly utilized by members of the NROTC programthe Naval Science minor is open to all Jacksonville University students. Courses are designed to give students a basic understanding of the organization and operations of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), with a special focus on topics related to the Navy and/or Marine Corps. Students who earn a minor in Naval Science will:

  • Understand the fundamental roles, missions and history of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and the importance of sea power to our national interests.
  • Learn practical watercraft piloting and navigation, especially as applies to Naval Operations. (Navy Option only)
  • Become familiar with the principles of basic engineering and complex weapons systems. (Navy Option Only)
  • Understand the historical development, structure and capabilities of the Marine Corps. (Marine Option Only)
  • Comprehend the national security requirements of the United States.
  • Appreciate the value of personal integrity, honor and individual responsibility.
  • Learn and understand the concepts and principles of leadership, values and ethics.

For more information, visit the NROTC program's web page: NROTC program

Students interested in becoming a member of the NROTC program at Jacksonville University should contact the unit recruiter at 904.256.7480 or e-mail



Freshman Year

Code Course Credit
NS 101 Introduction to Naval Science  2
NS 102 Seapower and Maritime Affairs  2  



Sophomore Year

Code Course Credit
NS 401 Leadership & Management 3
NS 301 Navigation and Naval Operations I 3
NS 313 Navigation Laboratory 1
                                                                                        Total:​ 7

Junior Year

Code Course Credit
NS 201 Naval Ship Systems I (Combat Systems)  3
NS 202 Naval Ship Systems II (Engineering)  3
                                                                                        Total:​  6

Senior Year

Code Course Credit
NS 302 Navigation and Naval Operations II  3
NS 314 Navigation Laboratory  1
NS 402 Leadership & Ethics  3
                                                                                         Total:​  7​

Marine Corp Option 1

Code Course Credit
NS 310 Evolution of Warfare  3
NS 410 Amphibious Warfare  3
                                                                                         Total:​  6

1. Marine Corps option students will complete NS 310 and NS 410 during the sophomore and junior years in lieu of NS 201-202 and NS 301-302/NS 313-314. 


Students may minor in naval science under the College of Arts and Sciences. Students enrolled in the NROTC program must complete the Navy or Marine Corps requirements for this minor. Students enrolled in the Navy option program must take 24 credit hours to earn a minor in naval science. Students who choose the Marine Corps option course of study must complete 16 credit hours.

Code Course Navy Credit Marine Credit
NS 101 Introduction to Naval Science  2  2
NS 102 Seapower & Maritime Affairs  2  2
NS 201 Naval Ships Systems I  3  n/a
NS 202 Naval Ships Systems II  3  n/a
NS 301 Navigation I  3  n/a
NS 313 Navigation I Lab   1  n/a 
NS 302 Navigation II  3  n/a
NS 314 Navigation II Lab   1  n/a 
NS 310 Evolution of Warfare  n/a  3
NS 410 Amphibious Warfare  n/a  3
NS 401 Leadership & Management  3  3
NS 402 Leadership & Ethics  3  3 





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