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Department of Military Science

Department of Military Science & Leadership

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Scientists and teachers, business leaders and policy makers, and officers for the US Army. USM and its Army ROTC program prepare students to be innovators and leaders for the 21st century. We produce lieutenants for the active Army, the National Guard, and the US Army Reserves. Each component has 16 branches that cater to multiple interests, including infantry, military intelligence, aviation, engineering, armor and medical services corps. Warriors wanted, each with a breadth of perspective who:

  • Demonstrate a capacity for excellence
  • Confident they will be competent Army leaders because of the rigor of the program
  • Committed to the Army for the duration and open-minded about further service


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Our Programs

When you become part of the Army ROTC, you're not just working toward a diploma, but an even brighter future as a leader alongside other motivated Cadets.



Find Your Warrior as a Cadet in the Golden Eagle BN

Our courses develop individual leadership and group problem-solving skills, plus you get to experience the out-of-classroom labs that get you adventuring outdoors including: Rappelling, rifle marksmanship, obstacle courses, and land navigation. Contracted students can also participate in adventure training in airborne, air assault and mountain warfare training schools.



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Scholarship Opportunities & Stipends


Commission as Second Lieutenants

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The high school Four-Year Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. You can also recieve a 3-year Advanced Designee scholarship, which means that your scholarship money wouldn't kick in until your sophomore year.

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Did you know that Federal Tuition Assistance helps cover 15-18 undergraduate or graduate credit hours per academic year based on your branch of service? Approved TA course hours will be paid with your Federal Tuition Assistance and the TA Gap Funding Program from USM!

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College of Business Events


7:00 pm

Bring It On Eagle Style 2023: Eras Edition at Reed Green Coliseum

Bring It On Eagle Style - Southern Miss Eras Edition is the annual dance and performance competition hosted during homecoming week. This year's theme is Southern Miss Eras- teams are encouraged to explore different eras of music, fashion, and dance!


7:30 pm

Symphony Opening Night - South American Rhythms at The Thomas V. Fraschillo Stage at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Opening Night features the rhythmic music of South America. Your Symphony Orchestra will welcome guest conductor Sarah Higino, director and conductor of the Projeto Volta Redonda Cidade da Música one of the largest public music programs in Brazil serving over 4,500 students. Our own percussion professor, Dr. John Wooton, joins the Orchestra performing Bembe My Way, and Amigos de Borinquen, two works he arranged for Orchestra. We will also perform the Concerto for 3 percussionists and Orchestra by South American composer Lissandro Parada. The composer will be joined by two percussionists from Patagonia, South America, Angel Frette and Jeronimo Molina in the performance of the concerto. If that’s not enough, the Southern Chorale joins the orchestra to end the evening with Villas Lobos’ Choros No. 10, a work with the spirit of carnival. It will be a rousing night of Latin rhythms that will have everyone dancing in the aisles!


4:00 pm

Philosophy & Religion Colloquium Series: Dr. Timothy Gutman at Liberal Arts Building, 203

The series features current research by Philosophy and Religion faculty and occasional guest speakers. Dr. Timothy Gutman will kick off the fall series with presentation titled, "Examined Lives: Education in Theory and Politics in Imperial China." With the ideals of meritocracy and the realities of inequality at the forefront of public debate, the role of standardized testing is as controversial as ever. The popular and scholarly image of China as an empire of exams would seem to present limited perspective to modern ideals of public education. However, if we attend to the philosophy and educational theory of Zhu Xi 朱熹 (1130-1200), which is often thought of as the bedrock of the exam system, we can find moral and political theory as concerned with self-cultivation and independent-mindedness as civil order and peace. More broadly, when we examine the literati culture, as well as the imperial service, that drew inspiration from Master Zhu we can think more comparatively about learning, discipline, and freedom.


12:00 pm

2023 STEMed Speaker Series: Dr. Becky Carmichael

Dr. Becky Carmichael with Louisiana State University will discuss Environmental Science Education, as part of the USM Center for STEM Education Fall 2023 STEMed Speaker Series. Meeting registration is required via Zoom link. If you have any questions, contact Chrissy Hudson by email at


1:00 pm

Air Force ROTC: Open House at McLemore Hall, Rm 156

The Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 432 invites alumni, families, students, and friends to attend the detachment's Open House. The itinerary is as follows: 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. | Welcome Reception (McLemore Hall, Room 156)1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. | Detachment 432 Tour (Southern Hall)2:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. | Comfort Break /Transition2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Leadership Lab Observation (Stout Hall A)Please register no later than October 1 to secure your spot: Contact the front office by phone at 601.266.4468 or by email at with any questions/concerns.

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