Many academy re-applicants are interested in beginning their military experience sooner rather than later. They don't want to wait until they arrive at the academies - and we understand that! The University of the Ozarks – is partnered with the University of Central Arkansas and the Bayonet Battalion to provide Greystone students with Army ROTC. This means our students will be wearing OCPs on the days they will have their ROTC classes/labs. If you are interested in learning the basics of those who serve in the Armed Forces, this is a HUGE opportunity regardless of the academy you desire to attend. Army ROTC cadets will enroll is Military Science I (MS-1) and this course will last through two semesters.
As a Greystone student, ROTC is an option – it is not mandatory! It is a 3-credit hour elective that takes the place of your history course in the Greystone-Ozarks core curriculum. That goes for both sponsored candidates and free agents alike. Students that elect to participate in ROTC will be enrolled in the first year Military Science course (MS-1) and Lab component which are taught by Army ROTC staff. Students will be issued Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms (OCP) which will be worn on class and lab days.
In addition to starting your military experience immediately, there are many benefits for participating in ROTC during your time at Greystone:
The Army ROTC opportunity is not just for Army candidates – MS I is a baseline introduction to the military as well as its customs and traditions. Therefore, completion of MS I is transferable to all other ROTC programs, no matter the service. Whether you attend an academy or go on to ROTC at another college or university, you are able to maximize the power and experience of the program and be fully prepared to engage the leadership and academic challenges as an MS II or second year cadet.
Students that elect to enroll in MS-1 during their year at Greystone are also afforded many benefits once they leave:
Essentially, ROTC at Greystone affords those interested students the best of all worlds. Students will get the military experience they seek while they simultaneously maximize their academy application process. ROTC at Greystone is simply another safety net experience that empowers our candidates to use this year of prep to maximize their dream of earning either their academy appointment or an ROTC scholarship – both will lead to a commission!
If you are serious about serving our country as a commissioned officer, you owe it to yourself to consider this incredible ROTC opportunity now at Greystone.
The first year Military Science courses that are offered to Greystone students are the same courses that are taught nation-wide and are applicable to all military services, not just the Army. As it is the most fundamental training for up and coming officers, the skills learned in these courses can be applied as an officer in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Therefore, if the Army is not your first choice in service, you can still enroll in these courses and transfer them to the ROTC unit of your choice!
Introduction to Army ROTC - 2 Credit Hours
Concurrent enrollment in Introduction to Army ROTC Laboratory. Introduces personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Focuses on the personal development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management as they relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Increase self-confidence through team study and activities in basic drill, rappelling, leadership reaction course, first aid, making presentations, and basic marksmanship. Learn fundamental concepts of professional leadership in classroom and outdoor laboratory environments. Students attend two hours of lecture, a required two hours of leadership laboratory, plus participate in organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend training exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered.
Introduction to Army ROTC Laboratory - 1 Credit Hour
Concurrent enrollment in Introduction to Army ROTC. This two-hour mandatory laboratory applies and reinforces classroom instruction with outdoor, hands-on training on campus. In addition, it provides an opportunity to experience unique training opportunities unavailable to the general public.
Introduction to Tactical Leadership - 2 Credit Hours<>Concurrent enrollment in Introduction to Tactical Leadership Laboratory. Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Students will explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises and will learn and apply principles of effective leading. Students will experience reinforced self-confidence through participation in physically and mentally challenging exercises with upper-division ROTC students. Additionally, students will develop communication skills to improve individual performance and group interaction as well as relating organizational ethical values to leadership effectiveness. Students attend two hours of lecture; a required two hours of leadership laboratory plus participation in organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered.
Introduction to Tactical Leadership Laboratory - 1 Credit Hour
Concurrent enrollment in Introduction to Tactical Leadership. This two-hour mandatory laboratory applies and reinforces classroom instruction with outdoor, hands-on training on campus. In addition, it provides an opportunity to experience unique training opportunities unavailable to the general public.
Applying as a Greystone/University of the Ozarks student: Speak directly with ROTC leadership.