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Department of Military Science
College of Liberal Arts


Since 1967, we have been producing Army Officers and developing leaders of character. ROTC, which stands for Reserve Officers Training Corps, is a program of military instruction that takes place on 270 college and university campuses nation-wide. The origin of military instruction in civilian colleges dates back to 1819. Army ROTC is the experience of a lifetime that helps you acquire the skills that promote success in life after college. Through our cutting-edge leadership development curriculum and corporate partnership programs, Army ROTC will transform you into the leader of tomorrow.


Q.  By enrolling in JSU Army ROTC, are you joining the Army?

A.  No. Students who enroll in JSU Army ROTC don’t join the Army.  They take a JSU Army ROTC class for which they receive college credit.  It’s considered a college elective.


Q.  Is JSU Army ROTC like “boot camp?”

A.  No. JSU Army ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.


Q.  What can students expect to learn by taking JSU Army ROTC?

A.  Quite simply, the leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.


Q.  What makes JSU Army ROTC different from regular college management courses?

A.  Students in JSU Army ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and “live” situations.  For instance, a JSU Army ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, down a river in a raft, or up a mountain wall.


Q.  Is there a military obligation during college?

A.  During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners).


Q.  What is the JSU Army ROTC course comprised of?

A.  The JSU Army ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course studies Army history, organization and structure.  The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout.  The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.


Q.  Does JSU Army ROTC offer scholarships?

A.  Yes.  Each year students attending JSU or affiliate schools are eligible to receive ROTC scholarships.  JSU Army ROTC awards them to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors.


Q.  How much money does JSU Army ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?

A.  Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels.  Scholarships cover up to $17,000/yr in tuition and student fees.  Additionally, scholarship awardees receive money for books, as well as a monthly stipend.


Q.  On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

A.  JSU Army ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need.  Instead, they’re awarded on merit.  Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.


Q.  Can only scholarship winners enroll in JSU Army ROTC?

A.  No. Anyone can enroll in JSU Army ROTC.  And regardless of whether you’re a scholarship winner or not, all JSU Army ROTC books, supplies and equipment are furnished at no cost to you.


Q.  How often are JSU Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

A.  Scholarships are awarded throughout the year to qualified students.  High School students generally receive their scholarship during their senior year.  Green to Gold Scholarships are awarded twice a year.  Nursing, SMP, TSTAP, and college based 2-, 3-, and 4-year scholarships are awarded continuously throughout the school year and summer to qualified cadets.


Q.  How do students benefit from JSU Army ROTC?

A.  In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets – whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that JSU Army ROTC instructors stress.  Plus, JSU Army ROTC looks great on a resume.  When cadets complete the JSU Army ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army


Q.  How do I apply for a scholarship from JSU Army ROTC?

A.  The first thing that you need to do is to contact the Recruiting Operations Officer by calling 601-979-2177 or by email at  He will be able to answer any questions that you might have and will guide you in the right direction on what steps you need to take to apply for a 2-, 3-, or 4-year scholarship.


Q.  How do I join JSU Army ROTC?

A.  Students can register for Military Science courses and take them at JSU, Mississippi College, or Hinds Community College.   When you register for classes, register for the appropriate Military Science course along with the Leadership Laboratory.  A list of these courses can be found in the course catalog.


Q.  What summer training opportunities does JSU Army ROTC offer?

A.  During the summer break, cadets can take part in Airborne School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare, Northern Warfare, Leadership Training Course, Warrior Forge, Cadet Troop Leadership Training, and the Nursing Student Training Program.


Q.  What are my career field choices in the Army when I commission?

A.  You can join a variety of career fields to include Aviation, Armor, Adjutant General, Chemical, Infantry, Ordnance, Signal, Quartermaster, Transportation, Medical Service, Military Police, Nursing, Finance, Military Intelligence, Field Artillery, and Air Defense Artillery, and Engineer Corps.


Training Tomorrow’s Leaders Today!

The Jackson State University Army ROTC Tiger Battalion serves the greater Jackson Area in order to train Cadets/Student to become future Army Officers as well as leaders in the professional business world. Our program is the host Army ROTC program for Belhaven College, Delta State University, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Mississippi College School of Law, Mississippi Valley State University, Tougaloo College, and University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Nursing.

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Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition and provide money for books and other living expenses. ROTC also awards merit scholarships to hundreds of students each year. Qualify, and you could get a scholarship and monthly allowance worth up to $80,000 at some schools.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


The Jackson State University Army ROTC Tiger Battalion serves the greater Jackson Area in order to train Cadets/Student to become future Army Officers as well as leaders in the professional business world. Our program is the host Army ROTC program for Belhaven CollegeDelta State UniversityMillsaps CollegeMississippi CollegeMississippi College School of LawMississippi Valley State UniversityTougaloo College, and University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Nursing.


ROTC graduates have a plethora of career options as Officers in the United States Army.







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For more information on joining the Tiger Battalion, please text “NG70” to 462769 or contact us at (601) 979- 8600.  You may also fill out our information form below. We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



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