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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Military Science

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About Army ROTC

The Army ROTC program at Charleston Southern University is geared toward teaching practical and hands-on skills to prepare Cadets to become Second Lieutenants in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. The program includes instruction in Army values, time management, physical fitness, basic military customs and courtesies, general military subjects, tactics, and communication skills. These skills will set students up for success in the military and civilian sector. Charleston Southern University’s Army ROTC program falls under The Citadel, one of the best Senior Military Colleges in the country. Students can take Army ROTC during their freshman and sophomore year with no obligation to the military. Students must decide if they would like to continue with the program before their junior year.

Army Specialty Schools and SMP

Cadets have the opportunity to compete for an Army Specialty school over the summer; i.e. Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Master Fitness Trainer and Sapper School. Interested students may also be able to participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). This program allows Cadets to enlist in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Some benefits include, time in service begins, monthly drill check, tuition assistance, attend drill and shadow an Army Officer in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. If you are currently in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve and have questions about Army ROTC please contact the Recruiting Operations Officer.

Army ROTC Courses

Military Science is a four-year program of instruction, divided into a two-year Basic Course and a two-year Advanced Course.

The first year (Military Science I) addresses the role of individuals through instruction and practical training in the areas of physical training, marksmanship, first aid, map reading, U.S. weapons, and leadership.

The second year (Military Science II) builds upon the first, through the development of more advanced individual skills such as land navigation, basic individual combat techniques, and small unit tactics and leadership. Students can take any Military Science course without commitment to military service upon degree completion.

The first year of the Advanced Course (Military Science III) is typically reserved for students who choose to contract in the Army and is primarily designed to prepare those students for their performance and evaluation at Advance Camp, which normally takes place between their junior and senior year. The curriculum focuses on instruction and practical training exercises in advanced land navigation and map reading, individual military skills, principles and techniques of squad and platoon operations, the principles of organizational leadership, communications, fire support, U.S. Army weapons systems, and physical fitness training. At the conclusion of their junior year, contracted students will normally attend Advance Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Advance Camp is based upon performance-oriented training and continuous leadership potential evaluation. Each student’s Advance Camp evaluation is a principal determinant in branch selection and in being chosen for Active or Reserve Forces duty.

The final year of the Advanced Course (Military Science IV) consists of instruction in solving contemporary leadership problems, principles of military justice, techniques of military writing, evolution of current tactics, pre-commissioning seminars, and military professionalism and ethics.

Green to Gold Program

If you are currently serving as an enlisted soldier on Active Duty and interested in finishing your degree and becoming an Army officer, the green to gold program may be a great option for you. Please talk to your education center on post to see if you qualify.


Contact Information

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Timothy A. Terese

Phone: 843-953-5221

Email: tereset1@citadel.edu

Assistant Recruiting Operations Officer

Ms. Natalie H. Thompson

Phone: 843-953-6593

Email: nthomps5@citadel.edu

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