Army ROTC is a voluntary military training program open to enrolled male and female students, who are U.S. citizens. The program is offered through a cross enrollment program with the Louisiana State University Army ROTC battalion and McNeese State University. Some classes will be taught on the McNeese campus, while others will be taught off campus. The program is divided into two parts: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.
The Basic Course is normally taken in the freshman and sophomore years of college and consists of Military Science 101, 102, 201, and 202. Students receive academic credit for the Basic Course and may use the credits as electives. Class time during the Basic Course consists of one to two hours per week plus an associated lab. During the Basic Course, students are given the opportunity to consider the Advanced Course program, while actively participating in ROTC with no military obligation.
The Advanced Course is comprised of four courses, Military Science 301, 302, 401, and 402, and the Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). The Advanced Course is designed to teach all knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for commissioning as a new Second Lieutenant, and to establish a sound foundation for a career as a commissioned Army officer. The content and methods of the Advanced Course comprise the minimum curriculum that an individual must complete in order to be commissioned.
The Army ROTC program offers numerous enrollment and scholarship options for students. The Simultaneous Membership Program is also available where students enlist in the Army National Guard and contract with ROTC. Contact LSU’s Department of Military Science at (225) 578-3566 for more information or on campus at 337-562-4216.
Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army:
- Cadets can serve full-time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners).
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless students have received an Army ROTC scholarship.