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MLK Campus: 210-486-2330
Location: Center for Learning Resources (CLR)

SWC Campus: 210-486-7023
Location: Building 1-C123


What is the SPC Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)?

The Alamo Colleges (St. Philip’s College), University of the Incarnate Word and Our Lady of the Lake University have an agreement to participate in the Army R.O.T.C. Program housed at the St. Mary’s University Department of Military Science.

A Leadership Laboratory is held every Wednesday afternoon for two hours, to further the development of leadership skills through a varied program consisting of field trips, practical exercises, and visits to military installations. This laboratory is required each semester for all Military Science students. In most cases, ROTC cadets may receive an academic minor in Military Science.


Four-Year Program - The Basic Course, usually pursued concurrently with the freshman and sophomore years, is voluntary for students who are physically qualified for military training. There is no obligation incurred by non-scholarship cadets. Veterans who have served on active duty for a period of over one year and who have received an honorable discharge, or High School students that have completed three or four years of JROTC may be granted credit for the basic course with concurrence of the Professor of Military Science.

Students who are physically qualified and have met the standards prescribed by the Professor of Military Science in scholastic achievement and demonstrated leadership ability may pursue the Advanced Course. Cadets are normally enrolled in the Advanced Course during their Junior and Senior Year or Graduate students pursuing a Master Degree. They are required to attend a five-week ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) the summer following their junior year. Upon satisfactory completion of LDAC and the academic work required for a degree, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Regular Army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard.


Two-Year Program - In addition to the standard four-year course outlined above, the Army ROTC offers a two-year program for those who did not have or take the opportunity to complete the normal Basic Course. In order to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must successfully complete four weeks of leadership training, provided at the Leadership Training Course (LTC) during the summer months prior to beginning their junior year or their first year in graduate school. If students desire to take advantage of this opportunity, they should communicate directly with the Professor of Military Science no later than March 1 of the year preceding the Fall semester. Those students seeking a Master’s Degree are eligible to participate in our two-year program.


Scholarship and Remuneration - The Department of the Army offers four, three, and two-year competitive scholarship assistance to qualifying ROTC students. This assistance consists of payment up to $20,000 a year to cover tuition and fees, and a $900.00 a year book allotment, plus a grant to the ROTC cadet of $250.00 to $400.00 a month during the period of enrollment (not to exceed 40 months). The student need not be enrolled in the ROTC program prior to competing for a scholarship. Students interested in competing for scholarship assistance under this program should contact the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer.

Formally enrolled Advanced Course Students, not under the scholarship program, will be given a grant at the rate announced annually by the Secretary of the Army (currently this rate is $350.00 to $400.00 per month) not to exceed twenty months. During LDAC, all students are paid at the rate of one half of the base pay per month of a second lieutenant in lieu of subsistence allowance, plus the allowance of 18 cents per mile for travel performed from their homes to and from the course. Students attending LTC prior to entry into the two-year program are paid at the same rate per month as a private plus travel pay. ROTC graduates who are commissioned in either Regular Army or the Army Reserve are authorized a uniform allowance when they report for active duty.


Uniform and Equipment - All uniforms, textbooks and other equipment will be issued to students enrolled in Army ROTC courses. Students are responsible for the maintenance and up keep of all items issued to them.


How do I become a member?

A student from St. Philip’s College who wishes to take Army ROTC may enroll for the course just as they would any other class. Ensure that the prerequisites are met then enroll.

For more information, contact:

  • Director: Mike Dillard
  • E-mail:
  • Location: Sutton Learning Center (SLC) 219X
  • Phone: 210-486-2389

You may also contact the Professor of Military Science and the Army ROTC offices which are dual located at University of Incarnated Word in the Chapel Bld, Room 7 and on the bottom floor of Treadaway Hall at St. Mary’s University.

The telephone numbers are 832-3210 or 436-3415. ROTC Enrollment Officer number is 210-379-1997. Email:

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