MILITARY SCIENCE (ARMY ROTC)/SPECIAL PROGRAM
The purpose of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and to motivate young people to become better citizens. Students who become cadets simultaneously earn their baccalaureate degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
The Rolling Thunder Battalion, located at Wheaton College, is a cooperative effort between the Army and Lewis University to provide junior officer leadership in the interest of national security. The Rolling Thunder Battalion cadre provides leadership training and practical experience designed to develop the traits essential to achieving a high degree of success in military, as well as civilian, pursuits. Coursework can be taken at both Lewis University and Wheaton College.
The Military Science curriculum consists of two 2-year courses. The Basic Course consists of eight (8) semester hours taken during the first and second years of college. Students who are unable to complete the on-campus Basic Course may instead attend the Armyís Leader Training Course, an intensive 28-day summer camp between their first and second years in college. The professor of Military Science may also waive all or part of the Basic Course requirement based on prior military experience or Junior ROTC experience.
Once students have satisfactorily completed the Basic Course, they may apply for enrollment in the Advanced Course. If selected for the Advanced Course, students sign a contract with the United States Government in whereby they agree to complete the course of instruction, attend the advanced summer camp and accept a commission in the reserve or active components of the U.S. Army for a period as specified by the Secretary of the Army. The Advanced Course requires four complete semester courses, as well as attendance at the National Advanced Leadership Course, a 32-day training camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the summer following the junior year. Students must also satisfactorily complete an approved military history course. Students must be U.S. citizens to contract into the Advanced Course.
While consisting of four distinct semesters, the Advanced Course is structured as a two-phased program leading to commissioning. The principle lessons of operations and tactics, coupled with leadership, are progressive.
Phase one focuses on enhanced tactics at the small unit level in preparation for National Advanced Leadership Camp (NALC). By the end of phase one, the cadet is prepared for all aspects of the campus evaluation process and able to lead small unit tactical operations. The culminating event of phase one is the cadetís successful completion of NALC.
Phase two focuses on final preparation for commissioning. In addition to military skills, cadets continue leadership exercises to synthesize and integrate the principles of leadership previously learned in the Basic Course. By the end of phase two, cadets will have confidence in their abilities to lead, make decisions and motivate subordinates within their organization. The semesters are designed to maximize cadet participation, inspire intellectual curiosity and stimulate self-directed study. Completion of the Advanced Course prepares the cadet for the physical, emotional and intellectual challenges of leadership in the evolving Army in the 21st Century.
If selected for the Advanced Course, students sign a contract with the United States Government whereby they agree to complete the course of instruction, attend the advanced summer camp and accept a commission in the reserve or active components of the U.S. Army for a period as specified by the Secretary of the Army.
Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships that may pay part of or all college tuition and fees. Students can apply at any time from their senior year in high school to the second semester of their second college year. All scholarship students also earn a monthly stipend while in school, as well as an annual allowance for books and miscellaneous fees. In addition, qualified non-scholarship cadets are eligible for a tuition reduction if participating in ROTC. Courses taken for credit in Military Science are considered as a subject field concentration and count as electives applied to Lewis University graduation requirements. For this reason, the three summer training programs- Leaderís Training Course (LTC) (86-225), National Advanced Leadership Camp (NALC) (86-335), and/or Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTOP)(86-336)-may be taken for college credit with prior coordination.