Department of Military Science


Admissions Officer

Spencer Edwards, Admissions and Scholarship Officer.

Assistant Professors

Adam Carollo, Major, U.S. Army, Training Officer.

Keith Pfannenschmidt, Executive Officer.

Adjunct Professor

Daniel Knott, Lieutenant Colonel.


The UNC–Chapel Hill Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) offers training to students in the principles of leadership. In academic and hands-on environments, students learn and utilize leadership skills in demand today in the private sector and in the military. Those who complete the course of instruction, and are otherwise eligible, can be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. In seeking the scholar-athlete-leader student, the program offers a wide variety of leadership experiences, academic challenges, and unique learning opportunities not available in any other department. Qualified students may receive scholarships, opportunities for study abroad in military exchange programs, adventure training such as Airborne and Air Assault School, or other leadership intern programs.

Students who successfully complete the program and meet Army requirements are commissioned in a branch within the active duty Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve. Those selected for active duty have guaranteed job placement, worldwide travel opportunities, and an average starting salary of approximately $42,000, of which approximately one-third is tax-free. Graduates can expect to be promoted to captain and have a salary of approximately $70,000 in their fourth year of service. There is a minimum three-year commitment in exchange for receiving a commission. Different options in the program have different minimum service requirements.

Four-Year Program

Students enrolled in the four-year program take one class during each semester of the four years of college study. The first two years include the basic course and concentrate on leadership development, writing and communication skills, ethics and values, orientation to the profession of arms, and basic military skills such as land navigation and small unit movement. As juniors, students enter the advanced course. Academic and hands-on instruction include the application of leadership skills, advanced land navigation, military history, principles of military law, and small unit tactics. Between the junior and senior years, qualified students attend a four-week leadership development and assessment course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In their senior year, students submit their branch preferences and request either active duty or duty in the Army Reserve/National Guard (one weekend per month, two weeks a year). Those who meet all requirements for commissioning are promoted to the rank of second lieutenant upon graduation from UNC–Chapel Hill.

Two-Year Program

The two-year program provides an opportunity for students who did not attend the program in their first and sophomore years to meet the requirements for commissioning as officers in the United States Army. Students who have previously served in any of the armed services, active or reserve, are eligible to enroll directly into the advanced course at the Army Institute of Leadership. Others may attend a four-week leadership internship at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to complete the basic-course requirement. Attendance at this leadership training course is designed to introduce prospective cadets to the program and give them an understanding of the Army. A third way to receive basic-course credit is through an accelerated on-campus training program tailored to prepare students for the advanced course. This option is available for select scholar-athlete-leaders or students who have completed military basic training as a part of active duty, Army Reserve, or National Guard service. Qualifying by way of any of the above-mentioned avenues, a student is then eligible to contract and move to the advanced course leading to a commission.

Program Eligibility

Army ROTC basic-course classes are open to all first-year students and sophomores, with no eligibility requirements. Juniors and seniors may take basic-course leadership classes with the permission of the course instructor. Those students who wish to obtain a United States Army commission upon graduation must meet minimum United States Department of Defense requirements. These include being a United States citizen, having a minimum grade point average of 2.0, being medically qualified, meeting the age requirement, and being recommended by the department chair.

Minoring in Military Science

The military science minor is designed for students who wish to augment the major they are completing in another departmental program. Military science courses are open to all UNC–Chapel Hill students. The minor in military science is a 15 semester-hour course of study with the courses selected from the lists below. Students must complete 12 semester hours with a grade of C or better.

Please note: ARMY 101, 102, 201, and 202 are prerequisite courses to ARMY 301.


All students see their primary academic advisor, based on their major, in Steele Building. Students enrolled as cadets in the program are required to complete an additional tracking form and receive guidance from their military science instructor on placement of courses to ensure military requirements and graduation requirements are simultaneously met. The department's chair works with current and prospective minors by appointment.

Special Opportunities in Military Science

Extracurricular Activities

Army ROTC offers a wide array of extracurricular activities. Students looking for excitement and action can volunteer to attend the basic airborne course, air assault, or mountain warfare training. Other opportunities include participation as a member of the Ranger Challenge Team, color guard, travel for culture and language immersion programs, as well as leadership opportunities in actual Army units both in the United States and around the world.


Four-year scholarships are available for high school seniors. Three-and-a-half-, three-, two-and-a-half-, and two-year scholarships are available to students already enrolled as full-time students at the University. These are merit-based scholarships. Successful candidates will meet the eligibility requirements listed above and have a grade point average above 2.5. Scholarships pay full tuition and fees, a $600 per semester book allowance, and a monthly stipend between $300 and $500 depending on the student's year at the University. The North Carolina Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve also have programs that can pay costs associated with attending the University. Upon graduation, cadets may become officers either in the active Army or remain in the Army Reserve.

Service Obligations

Upon contracting (upon receipt of a scholarship or usually in the junior year), the cadet incurs an obligation to serve in the United States Army; that service can be either active or reserve duty. Different programs have different obligations. Service obligations range from three to eight years. The admissions and scholarship officer, Mr. Spencer Edwards, can provide more information.

Contact Information

Prospective students are encouraged to check our departmental Web site at, or contact Mr. Spencer Edwards, the admissions officer, CB# 7485, 221 S. Columbia Street, (919) 962-5546, or Web site:


100 Leadership Laboratory (0). Drill and ceremony, marksmanship, land navigation exercises, first aid, small unit tactics, and confidence course training. Strongly encouraged for all basic course students and required for all advanced course students.

101 Adventures in Leadership (1). This course offers an introduction to basic leadership in both corporate America and the Army, comparing and contrasting approaches. The curriculum includes leader attributes and values, leadership styles, leadership/management structure, written and verbal communications, time management, goal setting.

102 Adventures in Leadership (1). Builds on ARMY 101 by offering an introduction to basic leadership theories and techniques common to both corporate America and the Army: understanding your own cognitive preferences and learning style, active listening, developmental counseling, problem solving, types and formats of briefings, communicating orally and in writing, leader values.

190 Seminar in Selected Topics of Military Science (1–3). Permission of the department. A detailed examination of current topics regarding the United States Army. Provides a course for Army ROTC cadets who require additional coursework to meet commissioning and/or scholarship requirements due to extenuating circumstances.

196 Independent Study (1–3). Permission of the department and the instructor. Any serious student unable to schedule military science courses during their allotted time frames may sign up for any Army course through independent study.

200 Leadership Laboratory (0). Drill and ceremony, marksmanship, land navigation exercises, first aid, small unit tactics, and confidence course training. Strongly encouraged for all basic course students and required for all advanced course students.

201 Leadership Discovery (2). Develops leadership styles for application in small organizations. Students identify successful leadership characteristics of others through observation and experiential learning exercises. Students maintain a leadership journal and discuss observations in small group settings. Required for cadets.

202 Tactical Leadership (2). Introduction to planning, organizing, and leading small unit offensive and defensive operations. Also study of how application of leadership principles forges Army teams. Required for cadets.

301 Military Science and Leadership (3). Prerequisites, ARMY 101, 102, 201, and 202. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Analyzes the profession of arms and the role of the officer. Develops abilities to organize, plan, and execute military operations. Hands-on experience in troop leading procedures, supervising other cadets. Conducts squad-size battle drills. Required for cadets.

302 Advanced Military Operations (3). Prerequisite, ARMY 301. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Study of doctrine, organization, equipment, and training of threat forces around the world. Continued development of abilities to conduct offensive and defensive operations building to platoon level. Required for cadets.

401 Leadership and Management (3). Prerequisites, ARMY 301 and 302. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Theory and practice in leadership, management, and counseling. Emphasis on multitask planning and execution. Required for cadets.

402 Officership (3). Prerequisites, ARMY 301 and 302. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Studies include introduction to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and establishing an ethical command climate. Emphasis is on critical areas junior officers should be familiar with to be successful future leaders. Required for cadets.