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Do you want to be a leader?                                                                                                                               
Are you curious about ROTC and what we have to offer?  

Then check us out by taking a military science class. YOU WON'T HAVE ANY OBLIGATION TO THE ARMY. You will earn academic credit and learn new things.

Want to know more, contact us!
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowMission and Learning Objectives
Mission Statement
The Yellow Jacket Battalion commissions Second Lieutenants from WVSU each year to provide high quality officers for service to our Nation and the U.S. Army

Military Science 100 level Learning Objectives 
  1. Understand the Army as a profession and it's guiding principals
  2. Demonstrate proficiency at select individual military skills
  3. Define and use problem solving processes in military and non-military problems
  4. Demonstrate the individual's roles and responsibilities in support of  team efforts
  5. Comprehend the basic elements of comprehensive fitness

Military Science 200 level Learning Objectives
  1. Understand the philosophy of military service
  2. Demonstrate proficiency at small group team building exercises and small unit tactics
  3. Demonstrate critical and creative thinking by applying Troop Leading Procedures
  4. Comprehend the officer‘s role in leading change by applying the principles of Mission Command
  5. Understand own leadership abilities, strengths, and weaknesses

Military Science 300 level Learning Objectives
  1. Embody Army professional ethics
  2. Understand small unit tactics and how to apply battle drills
  3. Solve complex problems through analysis, adaptive thinking, and the formulation of solutions
  4. Demonstrate the ability to plan, resource, and execute training events
  5. Exhibit leadership by example

Military Science 400 level Learning Objectives
  1. Internalize the Warrior Ethos
  2. Demonstrate the ability to plan, prepare, and assess major events
  3. Understand organizational dynamics and how to accomplish missions by directing others
  4. Demonstrate mastery of military skills and abilities expected of U.S. Army Second Lieutenants
  5. Comprehend basic tenants of performance counseling and developing subordinates

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowAre You Eligible?
Do you have what it takes to join ROTC and become a leader?

See our eligibility requirements below.
Not sure if you qualify, contact us to find out, each case is unique.

ROTC Basic Course Eligibility:

Are you a student at the university?

Then you can take any 100 or 200 level ROTC class!

ROTC "Contracting" Eligibility:  Want to "contract" with ROTC and become a U.S. Army Officer, then you must meet these criteria:

Be enrolled full time AND have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (2.5 if applying for a scholarship)

Will be younger than 30 at the time of commissioning.

Be a US Citizen

Never used chemical substances or drugs

Have good moral character (no record of criminal arrest or conviction)

No tattoos/brands on the face, neck, hands, or head

Pass a medical exam

Meet Army height and weight requirements  (use this calculator to find your maximum weight)

Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (take our physical fitness class and we can help you to succeed).

Taking ROTC means you take 3 classes (4 total credit hours) of Military Science classes per semester as part of your overall academic plan.
We are not a major, we are a course of instruction you take in addition to studying any academic discipline you choose.
See the classes below!

Not sure which classes to sign up for, contact us!
Fall Semester
M SC 101 (class)
M SC 103 (lab)
M SC 150 (physical training)
Spring Semester
M SC 102 (class)
M SC 104 (lab)
M SC 151 (physical training)

Fall Semester
M SC 201 (class)
M SC 203 (lab)
M SC 250 (physical training)
Spring Semester
M SC 202 (class)
M SC 204 (lab)
M SC 251 (physical training)

Fall Semester
M SC 301 (class)
M SC 303 (lab)
M SC 350 (physical training)
Spring Semester
M SC 302 (class)
M SC 304 (lab)
M SC 351 (physical training)

Fall Semester
M SC 401 (class)
M SC 403 (lab)
M SC 450 (physical training)
Spring Semester
M SC 402 (class)
M SC 404 (lab)
M SC 451 (physical training)

Anytime before Graduation
Required Military History Course (also meets GEN ED requirements)
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowEnrollment Options
ROTC commissions officers for the Army, National Guard, and Army Reserves.

There are multiple paths to join ROTC, tailored to the circumstances of each student.   It is generally a 4 year program, but in some cases it can be completed in 2 years.
Read about the options below.

Basic Program (Progression)
This is the basic ROTC program and it is completed while the prospective cadet is pursuing his/her degree. It consists of two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.

The Basic Course consists of the freshman and sophomore ROTC classes. During the Basic Course, the prospective cadet is not obligated to the US Army in any way, and receives no financial incentives or compensation. Learn More!

The Advanced Course consists of the junior and senior ROTC classes, and at this point the cadet must sign a contract and obligate himself/herself to accept a commission in the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard (which type of commission is determined during the senior year by a centralized board, with no guarantees as to which component a cadet will commission).  Learn more!

Lateral Entry
Veterans, members of the Guard or Reserves, and some other select personnel may be eligible to enter the ROTC Advanced Course directly.

Must have ROTC Basic Course placement credit (the most common is prior service in any branch of the military or current membership in the Guard/Reserves).

Must have at least 2 years of college remaining on entry into the ROTC Advanced Course.

Contact us to see if this option applies to you!

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
A subset of the Lateral Entry program.  Under this program a cadet is in ROTC, pursuing a commission, and is also a member of the National Guard or Army Reserve.  The prospective cadet can take the freshman ROTC classes, but is not eligible to sign an ROTC contract until he/she is at least an academic sophomore.

Prospective SMP cadets must already be in the National Guard or Army Reserve, or be willing to enlist prior to joining ROTC.

No earlier than the sophomore year, but no later than the junior year of college, the cadet must sign a contract and obligate himself/herself to accept a commission in the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard.

While completing the ROTC program, the SMP cadet continues to train with his/her National Guard or Reserve unit, receives drill pay, and retains most education benefits.


image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowScholarship Opportunities
We're looking for the best and brightest, those with good grades, athletic ability, and dedication. 

ROTC scholarships pay tuition and fees OR room and board (up to $10,000 annually), PLUS $1,200 a year for books.
WVSU Sponsored ROTC Incentives are limited, contact us to apply.
Civilian Sponsored Scholarship amounts vary.
Click the links below to learn more.

ROTC Scholarships

High School ROTC Scholarships

Campus Based ROTC Scholarships

WVSU Sponsored ROTC Incentives

$2,000 Presidential Scholarships, limited in number, awarded at the discretion of the Professor of Military Science.

Housing fee waivers, limited in number, awarded at the discretion of the Professor of Military Science.

Civilian Sponsored Scholarships

The ROCKS, Inc. Scholarships

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Scholarship

Daedalian Foundation Scholarship

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Other Civilian Sponsored Scholarships



image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowSummer Training
Select Cadets are eligible to participate in a number of physically demanding and mentally tough courses.
All summer training events are designed to develop and build upon the students' critical thinking and leadership skills.
Click on a link below to check out the courses.

Basic Camp:  All contracted Cadets, and some non-contracted Cadets, will attend Basic Camp during the summer after their Freshman or Sophomore year, unless graduates of Basic Training.

Advanced Camp:  All contracted Cadets will attend Advanced Camp during the summer between their Junior and Senior Years.

Contracted Cadets can also compete for these additional summer training opportunities:

Airborne School

Air Assault School

Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program

Cadet Troop Leader Training

Do you have questions about ROTC?

See our frequently asked questions below.
Want to know more?  Is your question not listed?  Give us a call.

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

A. No. Students who enroll in ROTC don't automatically join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit.  There is no obligation just for taking a 100 or 200 level ROTC class.

Q. Is ROTC a major?

A. No, ROTC classes are general electives.  Our cadets study any major they want.

Q. When will I become obligated to the Army if I join ROTC?

A. Only when you sign a contract with ROTC.  This can be as late as the beginning of the junior year of college.

Q. How much time does ROTC take up weekly?

A. ROTC classes each semester add up to 4 credit hours. Out of class requirements are minimal and most are voluntary.

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

A. Quite simply, the leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career. During the Basic Course (first two years), your studies will include basic leadership development, basic military skills, adventure training, and life skills. During the Advanced Course (last two years), your studies will include advanced leadership and management skills, planning, and Army ethics.

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

A. Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, a ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through rough terrain in the woods or through a team building exercise on the campus grounds.

Q. On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

A. 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. There are a variety of scholarships, tuition and housing assistance available to students.

Q. Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?

A. Almost any student can enroll in ROTC, regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not.

Q.  If I enroll in ROTC and see the program all the way through, do I have to go on active duty in the Army?

A.  No, we have options that allow ROTC graduates to serve their obligation as officers in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves.
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowArmy Officer Career Fields
ROTC Cadets can serve in one of 17 career fields or "branches" once commissioned.

Opportunities as a U.S. Army Officer are varied and suit all interests and abilities, click the link to see the potential options. 

U.S. Army Basic Branches
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowROTC Hall of Fame
The Yellow Jacket Battalion has a rich history that boasts 15 General Officer alumni, more than any other similarly sized program! View their bios!

In total, our Hall of Fame has over 150 members. Click here to view current and past inductees.

Know a WVSU ROTC alumni who might qualify for the Hall of Fame?  Read the by-laws to learn the criteria.  Download the nomination form.

Contact Mr Duncan Robinson at to submit a nomination.

Our Team

Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel Joshua D. Germann
(304) 766-3291
Master Sergeant Benjamin J.
Master Sergeant Benjamin J. Lewis
Senior Instructor
(304) 766-3293
Sergeant First Class Aaron L
Sergeant First Class Aaron L Kirkendall
Military Science Instructor
(304) 766-3294
Staff Sergeant Timothy  R.
Staff Sergeant Timothy R. Hatcher
(304) 766-3297
Bill  Kinsey
Enrollment Manager
(304) 766-3295
Aaron B.
Aaron B. Brooks
Logistics Technician
(304) 766-3298
Terri Sherrod
Program Assistant I
(304) 766-3164
military students
Bill Kinsey
Enrollment Officer
Ferguson-Lincoln Bldg
(304) 766-3295

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