Department of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel James E. Davidson, Professor
109 ROTC Building
(901) 587-7153


Captain Sherry A. Boyce, Captain Keith A. Cook, Lieutenant Colonel James E. Davidson, Master Sergeant Conrad D. Peterson, Captain Scott A. Smith, Sergeant Laura M. Stewart

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is a program which combines college courses in military science with summer training sessions to develop future Army leaders. Upon successful completion of the program and graduation, cadets may be awarded a commission as a second lieutenant in either the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve.


The basic ROTC program was established at The University of Tennessee at Martin in September 1952. Authority to conduct the advanced ROTC program was earned in 1964. ROTC provides sound fundamental training in leadership and management skills, weapon systems familiarization, military history, military tactics, and concepts common to all branches of the U.S. Army. The mission of the Army ROTC program at UT Martin is to commission the future officer leadership of the Active Army, the Army Reserve, or National Guard.

The ROTC Program

The Army ROTC Program at UT Martin is a four-year program divided into two parts called the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.

The Basic Course (Military Science I and ll) is usually taken during the first two years of college and covers such subjects as customs, traditions and organizations of the service, national defense, military history and leadership development. In addition, a variety of outside social and professional enrichment activities are available. ROTC textbooks and other essential materials for the Basic Course are furnished to the students at no cost. After completion of the Basic Course, students who have demonstrated the potential to become an officer and who have met the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course.

The Advanced Course (Military Science lll and IV) is usually taken during the final two years of college. It includes instruction in management, tactics, ethics and professionalism, and further leadership development. Textbooks and uniforms in the Advanced Course are furnished to students at no cost.

During the summer between the junior and senior years of college, Advanced Course cadets attend a paid five-week training session called Advanced Camp. Advanced Camp gives cadets the chance to practice what they have learned in the classroom, and introduces them to Army life “in the field.”


Veterans may apply their military experience as credit toward the ROTC Basic Course. If credit is granted, a veteran may skip the freshman and sophomore years of the program, and enroll directly in the Advanced Course.

Prior service members who are ROTC scholarship recipients, however, must be academically aligned, i.e. a three-year scholarship recipient must enroll in Military Science ll.

Junior and community college graduates, students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of school and students entering a two-year post-graduate course study may receive special enrollment in ROTC. Students must first attend a paid five-week leadership training camp called Camp Challenge. Applicants normally attend Camp Challenge during the summer between their sophomore and junior years of college. After they have successfully completed Camp Challenge, students who meet all the necessary enrollment requirements may be enrolled in the Advanced Course.

University Credits

The University of Tennessee at Martin grants general elective credit for Military Science courses.

Military Science I and ll --- 3 semester hours per course

Military Science lll and IV --- 4 semester hours per course

Military Science Electives --- 3 semester hours per course

The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

SMP allows students to be members of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve and Army ROTC at the same time. SMP is only offered to students accepted into the ROTC advanced program.

Army ROTC Scholarships/Financial Assistance

See the Financial Aid Section for a detailed description.

Enrollment and Continuance Requirements

  1. Basic Course students must be citizens of the United States and be enrolled as full-time students. Students with more than 72 credit hours cannot enroll in the Basic Course without prior approval of the Professor of Military Science.
  2. Students desiring to participate in the Advanced Course must:
    1. Have successfully completed basic course curriculum or have been granted credit for same.
    2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Scholarship students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and 3.00 in ROTC.
    3. Execute a written agreement with the federal government to complete the advanced course; to attend summer camp(s) at the time and place specified; and to accept a commission, if offered.
    4. Be able to complete the advanced course program before reaching 30 years of age.
    5. Be accepted by the Professor of Military Science after completing any general survey or physical exams as may be prescribed.
    6. Successfully complete Military Science 301, 302, 401, 402 and advanced camp, to include passing the Army Physical Fitness Test and meeting prescribed medical and weight standards at the time of commissioning.
    7. Prior to graduation, complete one course in written communications, one course in human behavior, one in military history, one course in math reasoning and one course in computer literacy. One course in management and one in national security studies are also highly recommended. A list of specific courses which meet those requirements is available from the Department of Military Science.
  3. The two year program is offered to college students who transfer to UT Martin with two years remaining prior to graduation or students who did not finish the basic course during their first two years at UT Martin. Applicants must successfully complete a six week summer leadership training camp. Additionally, the applicant must satisfy the other general requirements noted above for advanced course enrollment.
  4. Students with prior ROTC training, either high school or college, students with prior active military service, or students currently serving in National Guard or Army Reserve units may qualify for advanced standing upon approval of the Professor of Military Science.


All advanced course and scholarship cadets are furnished the necessary ROTC texts, equipment, and uniforms through the Department of Military Science. In addition to these items, students receive a subsistence allowance of $200 a month for not more than 10 months each school year. Transportation to and from advanced camp is also provided. While attending advanced camp, each cadet receives pay of about $750 for the five-week period. In addition, meals and quarters are furnished during the advanced camp periods. Normally, attendance at advanced camp is required between the junior and senior academic years. All cadets attending advanced camp are eligible for servicemen’s group life insurance coverage while at camp. Basic Course students are furnished ROTC textbooks and essential training materials.

Sponsored Activities

The Department of Military Science sponsors the following activities:

  1. ROTC Drill Team - The Department of Military Science trains the ROTC Drill Team. The ROTC Drill Team is an elite, highly trained, precision drill and ceremony team. Weekly training includes basic marching maneuvers that incorporates difficult rifle handling procedures. Dedication and hard work are required to perfect the split second timing and cohesive team work necessary to achieve the impressive performance admired by viewers. The ROTC Color Guard is derived from the Drill Team. The Color Guard participates at intercollegiate athletic, University, and community events, consisting of contracted juniors and seniors.
  2. UT Martin Rangers - The Rangers are an elite, highly trained and motivated organization under the direction of advanced-course ROTC students and supervised by Department of Military Science cadre. Membership in the Rangers is limited to students who are enrolled in Military Science interested in developing skills associated with patrolling, mountaineering, survival training, weapons, and similar activities. Members must meet medical standards required of contracted ROTC students, and maintain a 2.3 GPA or higher.

Military Obligation

Basic Course: No military obligation.

Advanced Course: Depending upon personal preference and the needs of the service at the time of graduation, a graduate will serve as a commissioned officer on active duty or in the reserve components or a combination of the two for a period not to exceed eight years, unless a full military career is pursued.


B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. A minor in military science is available to those students undertaking any major in support of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. The requirements for a minor include the successful completion of the advanced course and one additional upper-division military science elective course.

Description of Courses