ROTC Training Program
Taylor University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program allows students to train in a college Army officer commissioning program while earning their bachelor’s degree. Through partnerships with fellow Indiana ROTC programs, Taylor cadets will attain a Military Science education and, as a part of the Wildcat Company, prepare to serve in the U.S. Army with leadership and excellence.
Key Benefits of ROTC
Elements of the ROTC Program
Designed to help students become leaders while completing college, ROTC is a well-known, national U.S. Army reserve program—offering both junior ROTC or JROTC (for high school students) and college ROTC programs. Taylor partners with nearby ROTC programs, such as Indiana Wesleyan and Ball State ROTC, to provide extensive training and benefits to our cadets.
Potential ROTC Scholarships
When students apply for ROTC, they can also compete for ROTC Army scholarships. Many ROTC cadets receive free college tuition, $1,200 annually toward textbooks, and a monthly stipend of $420. Scholarships are offered on a 2-, 3-, or 4-year basis.
Academic Accountability and Coursework
ROTC cadets must maintain a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0. This academic accountability helps cadets maintain their excellence as high-achieving students. There are also military science courses students must complete as a part of their college curriculum. These courses are taken in conjunction with Indiana Wesleyan University ROTC and may meet foundational core requirements at Taylor.
The Military Science curriculum includes, but is not limited to:
Introduction to Military Science (MSC-101)
Studies the organization, history, and traditions of the United States Army and the characteristics and skills that future leaders will need to develop. Covers military skills such as first aid, rifle marksmanship, and land navigation.
Introduction to Leadership (MSC-102)
Incorporates small group exercises with various military and communication skills to introduce the real world situations that future leaders may face. Includes active participation in discussions and activities.
Builds on topics discussed in MSC-101.
Leadership / Military Tactics (MSC-201)
Examines light infantry tactics. Introduction to squad movement techniques, ambushes, reconnaissance, movement to contact, advanced land navigation, drill and ceremony, first aid, and weapons.
Military Leadership and Operations 1 & 2 (MSC-301 & MSC-302)
Military Leadership and Operations 1
Introduction to military planning methodology. Develop oral and written communication skills through introduction to small unit tactics and operations.
Military Leadership and Operations 2
Analysis of leadership and management problems using military tactics at the squad level. Train on individual skills.
Prerequisite: MSC-202; permission of the department.
Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting (MSC 401)
Plan, conduct, and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization. Develop confidence in skills to lead people and manage resources. Develop counseling and motivating techniques.
Prerequisite: MSC-302; permission of the department.
Transition to Lieutenant (MSC-402)
Continues the methodology from MSC-401. Refine counseling and motivating techniques and prepare for a future as a successful Army lieutenant.
Prerequisite: MSC-401; permission of department.
Leadership and Physical ROTC Training
In addition to completing the courses required for their major and Military Science courses, ROTC cadets also participate in training opportunities. Students will complete:
- A field training exercise (FTX) once per semester (3-4 days, off-campus)
- Weekly fitness training*
- 2-Hour lab weekly to build on classroom knowledge*
- Ranger Challenge team
Cadets will also participate in summer field training experiences after their junior and senior years of college.
*Offered on the IWU campus.
Prepared for Army Reserve Officer Position
When students graduate from the college ROTC program, they are guaranteed a position in the Army ranking as a 2nd lieutenant. Reserve officers in the Army can enter into four basic fields, which include more than 25 branches. After further training, there are numerous special operations forces and functional area branches officers can apply for to gain specialized skills and experiences.
After serving in the military, officers can attain a variety of careers knowing they:
- Have already earned a college degree
- Can offer qualifications in their specific field
- Possess multiple leadership experiences
How to Join ROTC at Taylor
To participate in ROTC at Taylor, students must apply to the Army ROTC program and to Taylor University. The ROTC program will determine the Army scholarships awarded to students accepted as contracted candidates.
All students are welcome to apply to and participate in ROTC without contract obligations as freshmen or sophomores (military scholarships will not be included).
Learn more about Taylor’s ROTC program by contacting your Admissions Counselor or learn more about Army ROTC at GoArmy.com.