Stephen F. Austin State University

Military Science

The Department of Military Science is one of the departments in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts. Most students who complete the military science requirements and their undergraduate degree are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army. Classes are taught and faculty are located primarily in the Military Science Building located on E. College and Wilson Ave. The emphasis of the department is placed on providing students with the necessary hands-on experience and practical learning that will increase the student's leadership abilities and thus marketability in the work force. These courses are open to all full-time students with no service obligation. The department brings the student's general education into focus by teaching leadership and management techniques. The department is accredited by the United States Army Cadet Command. Many two, three, and four-year scholarships are offered to SFA students.

Summary of Study

The Basic Course: Students can register in Military Science under no obligation during the first two years of Army ROTC, allowing students to earn full academic credit for courses that are interesting, challenging and practical. The freshman year is designed to teach basic leadership techniques. The sophomore year is designed to teach leadership theory and prepare those students who desire to pursue an officer's commission for the advanced course. Contracted basic course students earn $300-$350 per month, in addition to scholarships, September through May.

The Advanced Course: The junior year focuses on preparing the student for a five-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) held the following summer at Fort Lewis, Washington. The course refines leadership and management skills that will be valuable to the student throughout his/her civilian or military career. The senior year focuses on the transition to senior cadet and preparing for his/her responsibilities as an officer. Contracted advanced course students earn $450-$500 per month, in addition to scholarships, September through May.

Related Student Organizations

Various organizations exist at SFA that are designed to add out-of-class education to the in-class instruction that a student receives. The following organizations are available for all SFA students to enhance their physical, personal and professional development and networking skills. Furthermore, these organizations provide opportunities for leadership and interaction with fellow students, faculty members and professionals.

Ranger Challenge: Competes in various mental and physical endurance events against other teams from ROTC programs throughout Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Competes in various mental and physical endurance events against other teams from ROTC programs throughout Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Austin Guard: Provides the Color Guard at football games and for university and selected community events.

Provides the Color Guard at football games and for university and selected community events.

Pershing Rifles: National sponsored drill team organization that competes at national and campus events.

National sponsored drill team organization that competes at national and campus events.

Stone Fort Battery Cannon Crew: A spirit organization that fires the 75 milimeter howitzer at football games and at other scheduled events in Nacogdoches.

Austin Raiders: Fraternity that emphasizes physical fitness and leadership using light infantry tactics.

Fraternity that emphasizes physical fitness and leadership using light infantry tactics.

Trailblazers: Orienteering and land navigation club competes at Houston and Dallas regional events each year.

Orienteering and land navigation club competes at Houston and Dallas regional events each year.

For more information, contact the Department of Military Science at rotc@sfasu.edu or 936.468.4505.