Military Science (Army ROTC)


Military Science (Army ROTC) helps students develop and fine-tune leadership skills and self-confidence while earning a college degree of choice. Students will gain skills that are sought after in both the military and civilian workforce. Students will also forge new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Upon graduation with an associate’s degree, transfer to obtain a bachelor degree and completion of all of the training and academic requirements of the program, those individuals will not only be a college graduate, but also a commissioned Officer in the Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve. Army ROTC is not a degree program/major by itself, Military Science courses are completed alongside an associate degree program of choice through CWI.


A student repelling for an exerciseStudents perform many activities within this program. One of the many activities performed is repelling down a vertical wall.

Students performing land navigation and demonstrating leadership skills.Students performing land navigation and demonstrating leadership skills.

A student performing A student crossing a one-rope bridge for an exercise during class.


The objective of the Senior Army ROTC program is to provide world-class leadership training to transform scholars, athletes, and leaders into commissioned officers who are prepared to lead small units upon arrival to their first unit of assignment in the United States Army, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard. Two-thirds of all US Army Officers receive their commission through the Army ROTC.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Professional ethics
  • Land navigation
  • Rope bridge construction
  • Medical evaluation and treatment
  • Hand grenade assault
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Rappelling
  • Marksmanship
  • Small unit tactics
  • Solve problems under high stress

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Military Science (Army ROTC)


Delivery Formats:

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Minimum Age Requirement



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Scholarship Oppurtunities

Competitive two, three, and four year scholarships are available.  The scholarships cover all tuition, fees, and money for books, plus students receive a monthly tax free stipend of $300-500 based on academic year to help focus on academics.  Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and prior enlisted students can participate in the Army ROTC through Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).  SMP covers paid monthly training, the same monthly stipend, Officer Producing GI Bill benefits, and Federal Tuition Assistance (16 credit hours per calendar year) that can be started with 3 years left to graduate.


Each veteran must report to the Veterans Certifying Official at the time of registration to receive certification for next semester. Any changes to the veteran's schedule and mailing address must be reported to the Veterans Certifying Official.

The Veterans Benefits Administration - Boise Regional Office provides brochures and manuals that outline benefits for veterans and their dependents such as disability, direct deposit, VA medical care, and other VA benefits. Veterans Affairs benefit counselors are also available to each veteran by phone through the Boise Regional Office. The toll-free number is 800.827.1000, or you can write to the following address: 444 West Fort Street, Boise, ID 83702.
For more information, please contact Dallas Hulsey at [email protected] or 208.562.3211

Military Prior Credit

The College of Western Idaho accepts transfer credits from military transcripts of education and training courses students have taken while in the military. CWI follows the credit recommendations of ACE; these recommendations can be found in the Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Credit for these courses will be applied to the student's account 5-10 business days after receiving the official military transcript. Most courses will be used to fulfill general elective requirements; those that are more specific to a degree requirement will need approval from the appropriate dean.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

The Senior Army ROTC program consists of four years of Military Science and Leadership (MSCL) courses with both lower and upper division levels. The 100 and 200 level MSCL courses offered at CWI are open to all interested students and do not require a military obligation or commitment to the Army. The 300 and 400 level Military Science and Leadership courses are taught at many four-year universities including [Boise State University], [Idaho State University], [University of Idaho], [Brigham Young University – Idaho], and [Northwest Nazarene University], all located within the state of Idaho. These upper division courses are open to United States citizens who choose to, and are qualified to, commit/contract into Army ROTC and pursue a commission as an officer in the United States Army.
Students enroll in lower division Army ROTC/MSCL lecture courses by registering for them in the same manner in which they would sign up for other college courses during the registration period. There is no advance application needed for lower division Army ROTC/MSCL lecture courses. Students will need to obtain permission from their instructor(s) to enroll in the Army ROTC/MSCL labs and physical fitness classes. All lower division Army ROTC/MSCL courses taken through CWI will appear on a CWI transcript and are fully transferrable to any university with an Army ROTC program. For information regarding enrollment in upper division Military Science and Leadership courses, students should contact their intended transfer institution.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Upon completion of an associate degree, transfer to obtain a bachelor degree and completion of all of the training and academic requirements of the program, those individuals will be commissioned as a professional military Officer in the Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve. For more information visit:


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