The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program provides full-time college students the opportunity to pursue a commission in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or the Hawai’i Army National Guard. Officers may be commissioned on active duty, in a reserve component while pursuing a civilian career, or receive an education delay to earn a graduate or professional degree. Four-year, three-year, and two-year programs are available.


The four-year program is divided into a two-year basic and two-year advanced course. The basic course is for students who enter ROTC in their freshman year. With approval, students may enter ROTC in their sophomore year and compress the basic course requirements. This traditional program offers a moderately paced course of military and academic training resulting in completion of ROTC and eligibility for a commission on graduation day. All basic courses are electives, and no obligations are incurred. The advanced course includes a month long summer camp between the junior and senior years held at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Pay for the advanced course is $450-500 per month during the school year and approximately $900 plus free room and board for the five weeks at camp. To be eligible for the advanced course, a student must (a) be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, (b) successfully complete the basic course or its equivalent, and (c) meet other statutory and regulatory requirements.The two-year advanced program can be taken without the basic course by students who attend and complete a four-week summer camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for which the student receives approximately $600. Likewise, veterans of all services, three-year JROTC graduates, and national guardsmen and reservists may be exempt from the basic course. Should an individual qualify, select, and complete this option, he or she is eligible to receive a commission upon graduation. Students must have four semesters of college work remaining after finishing the basic summer camp (or qualifying for the exemptions). Advanced course students must have completed 60 credits and be full-time students.

In addition to the courses summarized in the course descriptions, cadets will be required to meet professional military education requirements prior to graduation and commissioning. This requirement consists of one course in military history.



The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows cadets to participate in and receive drill pay from an Army Reserve or Hawai’i National Guard unit as an officer trainee while they complete the Army ROTC advanced course. The pay such cadets receive is in addition to the monthly ROTC spending allowance and any GI Bill educational benefits to which they are entitled.


Four, three, and two-year scholarships are available. All Army ROTC scholarships are merit based and cover the full tuition and fees for any university on Oahu. In addition, scholarships provide $1,200 per year for books and an additional $300-$500 per month spending allowance. Four-year applications are due by January 10 of the high school senior year. Three and two-year scholarships are competed for on campus by current ROTC students.



MSL 100 Introduction to Physical Fitness I

Hands-on participatory course following the Army’s physical fitness program. Classes conducted three days per week with Army ROTC cadets. Focus is on aerobic condition, muscular strength and endurance.

 MSL 101 Introduction to Military Science I

Introduces cadets to personal challenges and competencies crucial for effective leadership development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management related to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Foucs on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army Leadership Dimensions while understanding the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

MSL 101L – Introduction to Military Science I Lab (1)

Practical application in adventure training, one-rope bridges, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. Co-requisite: MSL 101

MSL 102 – Introduction to Military Science II (2)

Overviews leadership fundamentals such setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Explores leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Cadre role models and building stronger relationships among cadets through common experience and practical interaction are critical.

MSL 102L – Introduction to Military Science II Lab (1)

Practical application in adventure training, one-rope bridges, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. Co-requisite: MSL 102

MSL 201 – Intermediate Military Science I (3)
MSL 201/202 is open to all and does not require Instructor Approval!
Explores creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles through historcial case studies and engaging in interactive student exercises. Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building by planning, executing, and assessing team exercises. Focus is on continued development of leadership values and attributes through understanding of rank,uniform, customs, and courtesies.
MSL 202 – Intermediate Military Science II (3)

Challenges of leading complex, contemporary operational environments. Dimensions of cross-cultural challenges of leadership in a instantly changing world are highlighted and applied to practical Army leadership tasks and situations. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they practice communication and team building skills, tactics in real world scenarios. Provides a smooth transition to MSL 301.

MSL 301 – Leading Small Organizations I (4)(2.5 hour Lecture, 1.5 hour Lab)

Challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills with demands of the ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations will develop self-ararenwess and critical thinking skills. Cadets will receive systematic, specific feedback on their leadership abilities, and analyze/evaluate their leadership values, attributes, skills and actions. Prerequisite: MSL 101, 102, 201, and 202; and Instructor consent.

MSL 302 – Leading Small Organizations II (4)

(2.5 hour Lecture, 1.5 hour Lab) Intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Decision making, persuading, and motivating team members under fire are explored, evaluated, and developed. Military operations are reviewed to prepare for the ROTC CLC. Cadets apply principles of Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures; and are evaulted on what they know and so as leaders. Prerequisite: MSL 101, 102, 201, 202, and 301; or Instructor consent.

MSL 303 – ROTC Advanced Camp (6)

Advanced Camp is a month long training event that takes place at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Cadets from all over the nation attend Advanced Camp. Cadets are faced with challenging field training exercises and have the opportunity to utilize and learn valuable leadership skills. Required for U.S. Army commissioning. Prerequisite: MSL 301, 302, and consent.

MSL 401 – Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting (4)(1 hour 50 minute Lecture, 2 hour Lab)

Develops proficiency to plan, execute, and assess complex operations; function as a staff member, provide leadership performance feedback to subordinates. Situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide coaching to fellow ROTC cadets; challenged to analyze, evaluate, and instruct younger cadets. Prerequisite: 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302; and consent.

MSL 402 – Transition to Lieutenant(4)(1 hour 50 minute Lecture, 2 hour Lab)

Explores dynamics of leading in complex situations of current military operations. Examines differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Interaction with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support are examined and evaluated. Case studies, scenarios and What Now, Lieutenant? exercises prepare cadets to leas as commissioned officers in the U.S Army. Prerequisite: 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401; and consent.

MSL 101L/102L (1)
Both 101L/102L requires that you be registered for 101/102 at the time of taking the lab.  You CANNOT take the lab after the fact.
MSL 203 – ROTC Basic Camp (6)
Six-week summer course conducted at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Substitutes for ROTC basic course (MSL 101, 102, 201, and 202) and fulfills course require for admission to ROTC advanced courses. Credit will be given for MSL 203 or basic courses, but not both. Prerequisite: consent.
MSL 391 – History of Military Warfare (3) 
Lecture/discussion on the art and science of warfare throughout history. A-F only. Prerequisite: consent.
MSL 399 Directed Reading and Research (V)
Limited to military science students who have had at least one previous military science course for which a grade of B or higher was earned and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Prerequisite: consent.
MSL 499 Advanced Military Research (V)
Directs the students to conduct detailed research on a military topic  and present to the department leadership plus assist MSL 400 series students on a battle analysis. Repeatable up  to eight credits. Must be in Military Science and Leadership Program or  Military Service member in junior or greater standing. Prerequisite: Departmental approval