ROTC: Military Science

IIT Tower,15th Floor, Suite 15D9-1
Chicago, IL 60616
312.808.7140
web.iit.edu/rotc

Chair
LTC Araya Rutnarak

Illinois Institute of Technology Program Director
MAJ Charles Cain

Assistant Program Director
SFC Howard Clifford

The principal objective of the college-level Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program is to develop commissioned officers for the Active Army, the Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve. Each course is designed to develop essential qualities and traits of leadership required for success in either a civilian or a military career.

Instruction is offered through either a four-year, three-year, or two-year program. The four-year program consists of the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) and the Advanced Course (junior and senior years). The three-year program is similar to the four-year program but may require attendance at Cadet Summer Training Basic Camp. The two-year Advanced Course is open to students eligible for advanced placement through a variety of options, including master's degree programs, and may require attendance at Cadet Summer Training Basic Camp. All three programs include attendance at Cadet Summer Training Advanced Camp just prior to commissioning. Advanced Camp is typically completed between the junior and senior years but can be delayed to the end of the senior year in special circumstances.  

Basic Course

The Basic Course is an introduction to military science and carries no military obligation. Completion is a prerequisite to enrollment in the Advanced Course. Prior service, completion of basic combat training through the National Guard or Reserve, or completion of Cadet Summer Training Basic Camp may be substituted for the Basic Course.  

Advanced Course

All cadets who successfully complete the Basic Course, meet the physical and academic requirements, and pass a physical examination are eligible for selection by the professor of military science for the Advanced Course. A tax-free subsistence allowance of $425 per month is paid to each cadet in this advanced course (also available to those in the basic course that are receiving an Army Scholarship) except during attendance at Cadet Summer Training Basic/Advanced Camp, where pay is approximately $200 per week. Upon graduation and successful completion of Cadet Summer Training Advanced Camp and the Professional Military Education Requirements (PMEs), cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Active Army, the Army Reserve, or the National Guard.

Professional Military Education Requirements (PMEs)

In order to receive a well-rounded education, cadets are required to complete courses in the following areas: advanced written communications, human behavior, military history, computer literacy, and math reasoning.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Membership in the Army National Guard or United States Army Reserve offers cadets additional experience as officer trainees, and these individuals will receive both the ROTC stipend and drill pay as an E-5. They may also receive additional money while attending school through the Montgomery GI Bill and/or USAR Kickers.

Financial Assistance

In addition to a monthly stipend of $425 as an advance-course cadet, the program offers two-, three-, and four-year federal Army ROTC scholarships for full tuition to qualified students. The university offers an excellent incentive package to scholarship winners such as room and board for certain scholarships. For further information, students should call 312.808.7140 or visit the Department of Military Science in IIT Tower, 15th Floor, Suite 15D9-1.

Required Courses

MILS 101MILS Intro & Critical Thinking1
MILS 102Basic Leadership1
MILS 201Individual Leadership STUDS2
MILS 202Leadership and Teamwork2
or MILS 107 American Military History
MILS 301Leadership&PRBLM SLVNG3
MILS 302Leadership and Ethics3
MILS 401Leadership&Management3
MILS 402Officership3
Total Credit Hours18

MILS 147, MILS 148, MILS 247, and MILS 248 (Aerobic Conditioning) are required for all cadets in the Basic Program. The preceding four courses and MILS 347, MILS 348, MILS 447, and MILS 448 (Aerobic Conditioning) are required for all Advanced Course cadets.

 
 

ROTC: Military Science Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MILS 1011MILS 1021
MILS 14712MILS 14812
 3 3
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MILS 2012MILS 2022
MILS 24712MILS 24812
 4 4
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MILS 3013MILS 3023
MILS 34722MILS 34822
 5 5
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MILS 4013MILS 4023
MILS 44722MILS 44822
 5 5
Total Credit Hours: 34

Course Descriptions

MILS 101
Introduction to Military Science and Critical Thinking

MILS 101 is an introduction to the Army and the Profession of Arms. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army. The overall focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of the Army Leadership Requirements Model, to develop critical thinking skills through scenario-based applications, and its advantages for the student. Students also learn how resiliency and fitness support their development as a future leader.

Lecture: 1 Lab: 2 Credits: 1
MILS 102
Basic Leadership

Establishes foundation of basic leadership fundamentals such as problem solving, communications, briefings and effective writing, goal setting techniques for improving listening and speaking skills, and an introduction to counseling.

Lecture: 1 Lab: 2 Credits: 1
Satisfies: Communications (C)
MILS 107
American Military History

Study of American military history through examination of evolvement of the Army and warfare.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 2 Credits: 3
MILS 147
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 148
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 199
Military Topics

Approval of the department. Research and study of selected topics. A practical laboratory is required. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MILS 201
Individual Leadership Studies

Students identify successful leadership characteristics through observation of others and self and through experiential learning exercises. Students record observed traits (good and bad) in a dimensional leadership journal and discuss observations in small group settings.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 2 Credits: 2
MILS 202
Leadership and Teamwork

Study examines how to build successful teams, various methods for influencing action, effective communication in setting and achieving goals, the importance of timing the decision, creativity in the problem solving process, and obtaining team buy-in through immediate feedback.

Lecture: 2 Lab: 2 Credits: 2
MILS 247
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 248
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 301
Leadership and Problem Solving

Students conduct self-assessment of leadership style, develop personal fitness regimen, and learn to plan and conduct individual/ small unit tactical training while testing reason and problem-solving techniques. Students receive direct feedback on leadership abilities.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 2 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
MILS 302
Leadership and Ethics

Examines the role communications, values, and ethics play in effective leadership. Topics include ethical decision-making, consideration of others, spirituality in the military, and survey Army leadership doctrine. Emphasis on improving oral and written communication abilities.

Prerequisite(s): MILS 301
Lecture: 3 Lab: 2 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
MILS 347
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 348
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 350
Military Civil and Public Affairs

This course is an expansion of Military Presence in towns, villages, and cities where it would be necessary for a military government to assume responsibilities for the administration of the government functions. An added feature of the course would be the development of positive relationships with civilians and government officials. The preparation of news and information releases and related operations.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MILS 394
Advanced Military Topics

Approval of the department. Study of advanced topics in military science. A practical laboratory is required. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MILS 399
Advanced Independent Research

Approval of the department. Intensive research and study of selected topics. A practical laboratory is required. May be repeated to maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 3
MILS 401
Leadership and Management

Develops student proficiency in planning and executing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and mentoring subordinates. Students explore training management, methods of effective staff collaboration, and developmental counseling techniques.

Prerequisite(s): MILS 302 and MILS 301
Lecture: 3 Lab: 2 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
MILS 402
Officership

Study includes case study analysis of military law and practical exercises on establishing an ethical command climate. Students must complete a semester long Senior Leadership Project that requires them to plan, organize, collaborate, analyze, and demonstrate their leadership skills.

Prerequisite(s): MILS 301 and MILS 401 and MILS 302
Lecture: 3 Lab: 2 Credits: 3
Satisfies: Communications (C)
MILS 447
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 448
Aerobic Conditioning

Participation in aerobic exercise program; evaluation of the level of cardiovascular fitness.

Lecture: 0 Lab: 3 Credits: 2
MILS 499
Advanced Independent Research

Intensive research and study of selected topics. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. A practical laboratory is required for Army ROTC cadets.

Credit: Variable