Military Officer Education Programs (MOEP)
The University in cooperation with the armed services of the United States provides an opportunity for all eligible male and female students to earn a commission in any of the three services (Army; Navy, including Marine Corps; and Air Force) upon completion of the degree requirements. This opportunity is available through enrollment in the Military Officer Education Program (MOEP) which is nationally known as the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
All three Officer Education Programs (Army, Navy, and Air Force) offer the same general program options, financial benefits, and scholarship opportunities. Minor variations, however, do exist among the programs, and students should note the specifics under each program. Program changes occur throughout the year; interested students should contact the specific Officer Education Program for the current rules.
Four-Year , Three-Year and Two-Year Program Option. Three programs are available. Students may enroll in either program, subject to approval by the program chair. With permission, sophomore students may join by compressing (taking the freshman and sophomore courses at the same time) thus completing the four-year program option in three years.
The four-year program includes eight terms of course work elected for a total of 12 to 20 credits depending on the particular Officer Education Program. The first four terms elected during the freshman and sophomore years comprise the basic course of study. No military obligation is incurred by non-scholarship students attending the basic course, and a student may withdraw from the program at any time prior to the junior year. The last four terms of course work elected during the junior and senior years constitute the advanced course of study. Depending upon the individual Officer Education Program, there is also a summer field experience of varying length which serves as a preparation for the advanced program. A student enrolling for the last three years of the program assumes a contractual obligation to complete the program, accept a commission, and discharge the military service obligation to the respective service.
The two-year program consists of the advanced course of study of the junior and senior years preceded by a five-week summer basic camp or field training session which replaces the freshman and sophomore basic courses taught on campus. Upon completion of summer field training, students enroll in the advanced courses and assume the same obligations as those assumed by students enrolled in the second half of the four-year program.
Financial Benefits. All students enrolled in the advanced third- and fourth-year Officer Education Program, whether or not on scholarship, receive a minimum monthly stipend of $450 ($350 Navy) for juniors and $500 ($400 Navy) for seniors for the academic year. Uniforms and the necessary equipment are furnished to all students. In addition, pay and travel allowances are provided for attendance at summer field training courses including the five-week field course preceding the two-year program.
Scholarships. In addition to the financial benefits provided for all students in the advanced program, two-, three-, and four-year scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by each of the Officer Education Programs. These scholarships provide up to full tuition, some laboratory fees, and funds for books in addition to the minimum monthly stipend. Students awarded a four-year scholarship beginning in the freshman year or a three-year scholarship beginning in the sophomore year receive the monthly stipend while still in the basic (first or second year) program.
Course Election by Non-Program Students. Officer Education Program courses are also open by permission of the instructor to University students not enrolled in the program.
Credit toward graduation from LSA. The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts does not grant credit toward graduation for any courses offered through the Officer Education Program except for those courses which are cross-listed in other academic units (effective September 1, 1971) or courses that have a University Course cross-listing. These latter courses count as non-LSA course work if the cross-listed offering falls outside LSA academic departments or programs.
Students who enroll as cadets in the Air Force Officer Education Program and who successfully complete the program and receive a University degree are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.
Students enrolled in the Army Officer Education Program, upon graduation from the University and successful completion of the program, receive a commission as second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve, the Army National Guard, or in the Regular Army. Many students enroll for the first two years to sample career opportunities. No military obligation is incurred for the first two years, unless students are on scholarship.
Students enrolled as midshipmen in the Navy Officer Education Program who successfully complete the program and receive a university degree are commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.
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