Department of Military Science

General Information

Military Science courses conform to the subject requirements of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Department of the Army. The objectives of the ROTC program are to attract, motivate, and prepare selected students with high potential to serve as commissioned officers in the active Army, or the U.S. Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.

The Army ROTC program, military science instruction and associated activities, in addition to providing courses required to earn a commission, have the goals of developing leadership and managerial potential, providing an understanding of the requirements and organization for national security, and instilling a strong sense of personal integrity and individual responsibility in all students.

All members of the Corps of Cadets are required to take a military science course each semester. Additional information concerning the Corps of Cadets at North Georgia College & State University is provided in Corps of Cadets and The Corps of Cadets sections of this catalog.

The Department of Modern Language and the Department of Military Science offer students in the Corps of Cadets who are attached to a reserve component unit the unique opportunity to combine course work at the University with study done at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, in order to fulfill the Bachelor's degree requirements while training as military linguists.* Such students will receive their AA degree upon completion of language course work at the DLI. On returning to North Georgia, students will maintain and enhance the skills learned in the language studied at the DLI via distance learning and will complete a major of their choice for the Bachelor's degree, including any remaining core curriculum requirements needed.

Course Structure

Military Science courses are grouped into basic and advanced ROTC studies. The basic study sequence includes Military Science I (MS I) and MS II courses in the 1000 and 2000 series, which require two classroom hours per week. The advanced study sequence is comprised of MS III and MS IV courses in the 3000 and 4000 series, which require three classroom hours per week.

Leadership laboratory periods, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and Monday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., are a required part of Military Science instruction in addition to the classroom work. Ceremonies held each semester, consisting of parades or reviews, highlight the presentation of awards or honor distinguished guests.

* Admission to North Georgia and to the Corps of Cadets does not guarantee acceptance to DLI language study. The DLI controls its own admission policy and sets its own quota each admission period. Part of the admission requirements to the DLI involves making an appropriate score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

Requirements For Commissioning

The U.S. Army established the Military Qualification Standards (MQS) system to articulate the knowledge and skills required of commissionees to begin military service. The majority of this knowledge and these skills are learned while completing the basic and advanced military science courses and ROTC Leader Development & Assessment Course (LDAC).

In addition to the Military Science courses, MQS requires completion of the baccalaureate degree and at least one undergraduate course in each of the following three areas: written communication, human behavior, military history. Cadets will be provided a list of courses that satisfy these requirements during the contracting process.