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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Military Science

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Who’s Who in the Department of Military Science


Lieutenant Colonel Neil Chaffee


Lieutenant Colonel Neil Chaffee

Assistant Professors:

Captain Gerardo Rodriguez, Captain Troy Yard, Captain David Edwards

Training NCOs:

Master Sergeant Dwane Wells, Sergeant First Class Rian Harden

Department Overview

The goal of the U.S. Army ROTC program is to develop technically competent, physically fit and highly motivated men and women for positions of responsibility as commissioned officers in the active Army, the Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Upon completion of the curriculum, students will have an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of the military as an art and as a science. The leadership and managerial experience gained through ROTC provides great benefit for students in both their civilian endeavors and their military careers.

Statutory Authority

General statutory authority for establishment and operation of the ROTC program, including the scholarship program, is contained in Title 10, United States Code, Chapter 103 (Sec. 2102-2111). Specific rules and procedures are found in U.S. Army Regulation 145-1.

Course Credit

ROTC classes may be taken for elective credit toward any degree plan at the University of Houston. Freshman and sophomore level classes are open to all students, regardless of age or physical condition. No military obligation is incurred as a result of enrollment in these courses. Junior and senior level courses are more restrictive and do require a military obligation. ROTC scholarship students also incur a military obligation.


Veterans who have served on active duty or in the Army Reserve/National Guard are also eligible for the ROTC program. Although veterans are not required to take the Basic Course, they are encouraged to do so. All students, including veterans, must have a minimum of 60 credit hours prior to enrolling in the Advanced Course.

National Guard and Army Reserve Members

Students enrolled in ROTC may also be members of the Army Reserve/National Guard. Through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), those students enrolled in the Advanced Course will be assigned in a leadership position as a cadet and receive pay and entitlements from the Guard or Reserve in the pay grade of Sergeant (E-5).


The United States Army offers, on a competitive nationwide basis, four-, three-, and two-year scholarships. The scholarships will cover tuition. Recipients will also receive benefits for educational fees (to include lab fees), a book allowance and a subsistence allowance of $300-$500 per month. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be under age 32 on the anticipated graduation date. Applications are available from the Military Science Department.

Other Financial Aid

All students enrolled in the Advanced Course will receive a subsistence allowance of $450 per month for juniors and $500 per month for seniors. For more information contact the Military Science Department. GI Bill recipients still retain benefits.


Members of the Army or the National Guard, Texas State Guard, or other reserve forces may be exempted from the nonresident tuition fee and other fees and charges.

Special Training

Basic and advanced course students may volunteer for and attend the U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault courses during June, July and August. Cadet Troop Leadership training positions are also available to Advanced Course cadets during the summer months.


Cadets in the Advanced Course are paid an allowance of $450-$500 per month during the school year. Military textbooks and uniforms are furnished to all cadets. The Corps of Cadets sponsors an annual military ball in addition to other social events throughout the school year. The Department of Military Science sponsors extracurricular activities such as the University of Houston Color Guard; the Ranger Challenge Team.


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