Nov 28, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Military Training Courses

Military Training Courses

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is available to Montevallo students through a cooperative program with Samford University. Students enrolling in Air Force ROTC courses will attend classes on the Samford University campus. The AFROTC provides college men and women the opportunity to attain a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduation from college. The program is divided into the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). The GMC includes freshman- and sophomore-level courses and is open to all students without military obligation. The POC includes junior- and senior-level courses for those committed to service on active duty. Uniforms and textbooks for all aerospace studies courses are provided at no charge.

Scholarship Programs

Some freshmen enter AFROTC with a four-year college scholarship though most freshmen and sophomores enter without. Freshmen and sophomores are able to compete for two-year and three-year scholarships through the In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP). Scholarship awards range from $9,000 to full tuition and provide an allowance for books, as well as a monthly tax-free stipend. Students must meet minimum requirements to receive scholarships.

General Military Course

The General Military Course (GMC) is comprised of AFRC 101 , AFRC 102 , AFRC 201 , and AFRC 202 . These courses are open to all students regardless of qualifications for military service or intent to compete for a commission. As part of the GMC, students examine the basic organization and structure of the Air Force, gain an appreciation of the historical significance of air power, apply basic communications skills, and receive an introduction to total quality management.

Professional Officer Course

Students who complete the GMC and desire to serve on active duty in the Air Force continue training in the Professional Officer Course (POC). The POC is designed to provide students with advanced leadership training, application techniques for a quality culture, study of military history with particular attention paid to the role of air power, and a complete understanding of the national-security process. The POC prepares men and women with the skills necessary to be leaders in the United States Air Force.

Leadership Laboratory

Leadership Laboratory is an integral part of the AFROTC program. Each academic class has an associated leadership laboratory that meets for two hours each week. It provides an opportunity for students to apply classroom teachings to actual environments. Instruction is conducted within the framework of an organized cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop leadership potential. Leadership Laboratory involves a study of the life and work of Air Force junior officers. Students develop their leadership potential in a practical, supervised laboratory. The first two years of Leadership Laboratory involve activities classified as initial leadership experiences. The last two years consist of activities classified as advanced leadership experiences.

Field Training

All cadets interested in pursuing a commission through AFROTC must complete field training. It is offered during the summer months and normally occurs between the sophomore and junior years. Field training is an intense training environment designed to evaluate students’ potential to lead in the United States Air Force. The major areas of evaluation include a leadership reaction course, an assault and obstacle course, drill and ceremonies, reaction in a deployed environment, survival training environment, and physical training.

Additional Information

For additional information about Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps programs available to Montevallo students, contact:

Unit Admissions Officer, Samford University
AFROTC Building, 800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Phone: (205) 726-2859


For complete descriptions of ROTC courses, refer to the Courses of Instruction  section of this Bulletin.

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps

The Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program is maintained under Federal Laws by acts of Congress. Under these laws, the Senior ROTC Program in General Military Science is offered.

The Army ROTC office is located on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus. Under the Cooperative Exchange Program and a partnership agreement, University of Montevallo students are eligible to participate.

ROTC is a program of leadership and skills training. Through hands-on training and classroom instruction by experienced, active-duty Army officers and Non-commissioned officers, men and women in ROTC develop invaluable skills that may enable them to rise above their peers in a professional civilian or military career. Students not only learn military skills, they learn how to lead, as well as how to organize and manage people, things, and tasks.

Qualified students may earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant with the opportunity to serve either full time in the active Army or part time in the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. Students compete for valuable two- and three-year, and other special ROTC scholarships.

Course credit is granted on a semester-hour basis. Registration for the classes should be coordinated through the Registrar’s Office.


The Military Science Department at UAB offers several courses that may be counted as electives in support of other degrees. ROTC is traditionally a four-year program that is divided into a lower and upper division. The first two years of military science courses are designed to provide the student with broad flexibility in the choice of a profession. The second two years of ROTC will lead to a presidential appointment as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Lower Division

Enrollment in Lower Division is open to all members of the student body. The Lower Division is generally taken during the freshman and sophomore years. For students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of college and are not veterans, a compressed version of the Lower-Division Sequence is available each summer through a six-week all-expenses-paid training seminar. Successful completion gives students credentials necessary for enrollment in the Upper Division.

Upper Division

The Upper Division, during the final two years of college, includes an advanced summer leadership seminar that takes place between the junior and senior years. Students in the Upper Division are paid $450 to $500 per month while enrolled, plus salary for all summer internships.

Scholarship Program

Army ROTC offers several opportunities for full tuition and fees scholarships. Once on campus, students may apply for three-year or two-year scholarships. Each scholarship covers tuition, an annual allotment of $1,200 for most books and fees, plus a $300-$500 tax-free allowance per school month, based on academic class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior). Army ROTC scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of merit to the most-outstanding students who apply. Unlike most academic scholarships, family income has no bearing on qualifications. For more details, refer to the Financial Aid section of this Bulletin or contact the scholarship adviser at the ROTC Department, at (205) 934-8749, (205) 767-3080, or via e-mail at


Students with prior military experience can fulfill credit requirements for the ROTC Lower Division sequence. This means that, if credit is granted and provided the student is not on a three-year Army ROTC scholarship, he or she can skip the freshman and sophomore years of ROTC and enroll directly in the Upper Division sequence. Students with prior service may be eligible for special veteran scholarships. In addition to any financial assistance from ROTC, veterans are still qualified to receive any and all VEAP/GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits to which they are entitled.

Simultaneous Membership Program

Students may also take advantage of a program that allows them to participate in ROTC and enlist in the Army National Guard or Reserve at the same time. It is called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Students in the SMP serve as officers in a Guard or Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of Second Lieutenant. SMPs are paid at the rate of at least a Sergeant E-5 for Guard or Reserve service.

Honors Program

As part of the Military Honors Program, Military Science students possessing outstanding qualities of leadership, academics, and high moral character may be designated by the Professor of Military Science as Distinguished Military Students. Upon earning a commission as a Second Lieutenant and a baccalaureate degree, select students may be designated Distinguished Military Graduates.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Army ROTC program available to Montevallo students, contact:

Professor of Military Science

UAB, 501 12th Street South

Birmingham, AL 35294-4490

Phone: (205) 934-7215




For complete descriptions of ROTC courses, refer to the Courses of Instruction  section of this Bulletin.