For a more detailed description for each year of Military Science, please select one of the links to the right.
The first two years of Military Science (MLSC 101, 102, 203, and 204) provide a background of the historical role of military forces as well as current national military objectives. In addition, students develop basic leadership skills in problem solving and decision making and learn survival techniques, map reading, self-defense, rappelling, and marksmanship. Graduates of the Basic Course incur no commitment to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course and incur no obligation for military service. Students may enroll or withdraw from any of the four courses in the ROTC Basic Course under the same provisions and in the same manner as other academic courses at IUP. Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces, Junior ROTC and Civil Air Patrol graduates, and students who complete the ROTC Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, may receive exemption from the ROTC Basic Course if approved by the professor of Military Science, but they will not automatically receive academic credit for the course.
The last two years of Military Science (MSLC 305, 306, 407, and 408) compose the Advanced Course and lead to a commission as an officer in the United States Army. To be eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must meet these criteria: be a citizen of the United States; be physically fit and pass a physical examination; be an enrolled academic junior or senior with at least a 2.0 GPA; be not less than seventeen years of age but less than thirty-nine by the anticipated graduation date; successfully complete the ROTC Basic Course or its equivalent; and be accepted by the
professor of Military Science. Advanced Course students study advanced leadership, management, professional ethics, small unit tactics, military law, and instructional and training techniques. Practical application is the rule, and students have the opportunity to practice and polish their skills as members of the ROTC battalion leadership. Once Advanced Course students agree in writing to complete the Advanced Course, graduate on time, and accept a commission as an officer, they become eligible to receive a monthly cash stipend of $450 to $500 for ten months of the academic year.