University of Toledo 1998 - 2000 Catalog

Department of Military Science and Leadership

ARMY ROTC (U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps )
Lieutenant Colonel Brandee S. Lockard, Chair

The University of Toledo offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to qualify as commissioned officers in the United States Army. As a college elective, the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program provides preparation for leadership in any profession – military or civilian.

Army ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course, normally completed during the freshman and sophomore years, provides the student with a general knowledge of the military’s role in society and the missions of the Army. Subjects include leadership, land navigation, marksmanship, first aid and other basic military skills. Students enroll in one Military Science and Leadership (MSL) course each semester. It is possible for a sophomore to complete the basic course in one year through prior arrangement with the department. No military obligation is incurred for non-scholarship students participating in or completing the basic course. Successful completion of the basic course is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course. Selected sophomores and juniors also can qualify for the Advanced Course by completing ROTC Leader's Training Course in the summer, or through prior military service, either Active, Reserve or National Guard.

Army ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course is the professional phase of the Army ROTC program. The Advanced Course includes instruction in leadership, training, land navigation, management, ethics, military justice and military tactics. During the two years of the Advanced Course, students enroll in one MSL course per semester. They also must complete one course from an academic department other than MSL in each of the following areas: written communication skills, military history and computer literacy. A list of approved courses is available from the Department of Military Science and Leadership. Two scheduled weekend field training exercises are required each year, and all students must meet Army physical fitness standards. All Advanced Course students must attend the five-week Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, WA. Students normally attend LDAC during the summer between their junior and senior years.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Advanced Course requirements and the awarding of the bachelor’s or graduate degree, the student is eligible for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Army ROTC Scholarships

The ROTC program offers four-year, three-year and two-year scholarships to qualified students. An Army ROTC scholarship covers all required academic fees and charges at The University of Toledo. Four-year and three-year advanced designee winners are also eligible to receive a room and board incentive from the University. Three-year advanced designee winners also receive free first-year tuition. All scholarship awards include an allowance for textbooks and supplies and a monthly spending allowance for up to 10 months per year during the scholarship period. Additional locally funded scholarships are available for a limited number of Cadets. Students may inquire about Army ROTC scholarships by contacting the Department of Military Science and Leadership.

General Eligibility Requirements

To enroll in the Army ROTC program, the student must:
1.     Be of good moral character.
2.     Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may enroll by special request at the Basic Course level.)
3.     Be enrolled as a full-time student at The University of Toledo or at a participating partnership university.
4.     Execute an oath of loyalty to the United States.
5.     Not be a conscientious objector.
Additional requirements exist for Advanced Course participation. Contact the Department of Military Science and Leadership for specific information.

Uniforms and Textbooks

Army uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials necessary for MSL courses are loaned or provided to students.

Special Opportunities

Selected students participating in the Army ROTC program may attend airborne, air assault, mountain warfare or northern warfare training. In addition, selected students are offered the opportunity to participate in Cadet Troop Leadership Training and spend three weeks performing the duties of an Officer at an Army installation. Students in the Advanced Course may elect to serve as officer trainees in local Army National Guard and Army Reserve units, thereby receiving additional training, experience and financial support while attending college.  Special opportunities for additional training are available to nursing students in the BSN program.

Credit for Previous Military Training

Students with previous military training may be granted constructive credit as follows:

1.   By transfer. Constructive credit will be granted at the time of entrance to The University of Toledo for corresponding military science courses completed satisfactorily in a senior Army ROTC unit in another college or university.

2.   Other training or service. Constructive credit will be granted at the time the student enters the Army ROTC program at The University of Toledo. If for any reason the student does not complete the ROTC program, this credit will be withdrawn.

a.  Service academy education. Students who have satisfactorily completed work at a service academy may receive constructive credit for up to three years of military science. The department will make a credit determination at the time that the student enrolls.

b. Active service or active duty for training (ADT) in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. The Professor of Military Science may grant constructive credit for up to two years of the Basic Course.

c. Junior ROTC or military school training. Students who have had Junior ROTC or military school training should contact the department for credit determinations. Maximum allowable constructive credit will be the two-year basic course.

d. Successful completion of ROTC Leader's Training Course provides an alternative to the on-campus Basic Course. Students may qualify for the Leader's Training Course if they have two or more years of study remaining at either the undergraduate or graduate level and if they meet the other eligibility requirements. The Leader's Training Course is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Minor in Military Science and Leadership

Students seeking a minor in military science and leadership must successfully complete 25 hours of military science and leadership courses, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Requirements in certain majors and curricula will require Army ROTC students to take more than the minimum number of hours required for graduation. When finalizing their degree program, students should consult an academic adviser within the department of their declared major.

Following are the requirements for the minor in Military Science and Leadership:

1.   Six credit hours at the Basic Course level;
2.   18 credit hours at the Advanced Course level;
3.   One credit hour in a MSL elective at the 3000 level or higher, and
4.   Minimum GPA of 2.0 in MSL classes.

Military Science and Leadership Courses Hours
Basic Course:  
MSL 1010   Leadership and Personal Development (fall) 2
MSL 1020 Introduction to Tactical Leadership (spring) 2
MSL  1030 Introduction to Physical Fitness 1
MSL 1040 Physical Fitness 1
MSL 2010  Innovative Team Leadership (fall) 3
MSL 2020 Foundations of Tactical Leadership (spring) 3
MSL 2030 Physical Training I 1
MSL 2040 Physical Training II 1
MSL 2200 Leader's Training Course (summer) 3

Advanced Course:

MSL 3010 Adaptive Tactical Leadership (fall) 3
MSL 3020 Leadership in Changing Environments (spring) 3
MSL 3030 Physical Fitness Planning I 1
MSL 3040 Physical Fitness Planning II 1
MSL 3600 Airborne Operations (summer) 1
MSL 3700 Cadet Troop Leadership Training (summer) 1
MSL 3800  Air Assault Operations (summer) 1
MSL 3850 Leader Development and Assessment Course (summer) 3
MSL 4010 Developing Adaptive Leaders (fall) 3
MSL 4020  Leadership in a Complex World (spring) 3
MSL 4030 Advanced Physical Fitness Planning I 1
MSL 4040  Advanced Physical Fitness Planning II 1
M SL 4800 Gettysburg: A Military History (fall)
(or approved alternative)

Courses in bold are required in order to receive a commission in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Interested students should contact the Department of Military Science and Leadership at 419.530.2681 or visit the Web site at


Last Updated: 5/10/18