2019-2020 Catalog 
    Feb 23, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog

Department of Military Science


Director of Military Science; Chair, Department of Military Science; Major
B.S., 2001, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

JAMES E. HICKS, JR. (2016)
  Senior Military Science Instructor; Captain
M.B.A., 2011, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

  Assistant Professor of Military Science; Captain
M.P.A., 2013, Troy University, Troy, AL

  Senior Military Science Instructor; Master Sergeant
A.A., 2015, American Military University, Charles Town, WV

  Military Science Instructor; Staff Sargeant
B.A., 2017, American Public University System, Charles Town, WV


The purpose of the Department of Military Science is to prepare and commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army. Upon successful completion of all university and departmental requirements, each cadet is awarded a baccalaureate degree in a field of study as well as a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Cadre leadership provides leadership and management training designed to develop the traits essential to achieving a high degree of success in both the military and civilian pursuits.

The military science curriculum consists of 2 two-year courses of study. The Basic Course of study consists of eight semester hours taken during the freshman and sophomore years. Students who are unable to complete the on-campus Basic Course on campus may attend the Army’s Leader Training Course, an comprehensive 28-day summer camp between their sophomore and junior years. In consultation with the registrar, the department chair may waive all or part of the Basic Course requirements based on prior military experience or Junior ROTC experience.

Once students have satisfactorily completed the Basic Course of study, they may apply for enrollment in the Advanced Course of study. Students must be U.S. citizens to contract into the Advanced Course of study. If selected for enrollment, the student signs a contract with the United States government in which he/she agrees to complete the course of instruction, attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and accept a commission in the regular Army, the Army reserve or Army National Guard for a period as specified by the Secretary of the Army. The Advanced Course requires four semester-length courses, plus attendance at the Leader Development and Assessment Course, a 32-day advanced training course during the summer following the junior year. Students must also satisfactorily complete an approved military history course.

Army ROTC can offer two-, three-, and four-year scholarships that pay full tuition and mandatory fees to qualified students. Students can apply at any time from their junior year in high school to the second semester of their sophomore year in college. All scholarship students also earn $300-$500 monthly stipend while in school, and an annual allowance of $1,200 for books and miscellaneous fees. In addition, qualified non-scholarship cadets are eligible for a tuition reduction if participating in ROTC. Students should contact the Military Science department and ONU’s financial aid department to discuss complete benefit packages.