LTC Lance J. Fountain, Professor of Military Science
100 Gano Building
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program
As one of the only 23 host HBCU ROTC programs in the nation and the only host HBCU program in Georgia, Fort Valley State University offers basic and advanced courses in Military Science and Leadership. The basic courses, taken during the freshman and sophomore years, are designed to teach principles of leadership and to develop in each student an understanding of the role of the Army in the defense of the United States. The purpose of the advanced courses, taken generally during the junior and senior years, are to provide extensive training and experience in decision making, troop leading procedures, officer ethics and professionalism. The advanced course curriculum also includes a paid, five-week leadership immersion and assessment course between the junior and senior year. After completing the military science advanced courses and upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in any major, a student will be commissioned a Second Lieutenant in one of 17 career branches in the United States Army.
While participating in the advanced course, each student will be paid $420 per month during the academic school year, $500 per month during the second advanced course year. Although the advanced courses are generally performed by juniors and seniors, graduate students and full time eligible veteran students who do not exceed the age of 34 in the year they are commissioned, are eligible to participate in the advanced course.
Those students desiring an Army commission who were unable, or did not elect, to enroll in the basic courses may participate in a two-year program. The requirements of the basic courses can be met by attending a paid, four-week summer Basic Camp (BC). Eligible veterans may elect to participate in the advanced program with evidence of satisfactory prior service, appropriate academic standing, and approval by the Professor of Military Science (PMS). In addition, students that performed 3- or 4-years of JROTC may receive placement credit to enter the advanced program at the discretion of the PMS.
Those students who did not elect to enroll in the first year of the basic course, may take two basic course, may take two basic courses at the same time. After completing the four basic courses in one year, a student may elect to continue in the advanced program for the following two years. In addition, students that performed 3- or 4-years of JROTC may receive placement credit for the first year of basic courses at the discretion of the PMS.
The Army ROTC Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to eligible outstanding young men and women. Each scholarship pays tuition, labs, other associated fees or room and board, $1200 per year for books, and a monthly allowance of $420. Each scholarship below provides the same benefits unless otherwise noted.
- Four-year National – open to all qualified high school students accepted to any four-year college/university with an ROTC program.
- ROCKs Four-year Historically Black College/University (HBCU) – open to all qualified high school students who are accepted to any HBCU with a ROTC program.
- Four-year Green-to-Gold – open to Army veterans attending college after a completed enlistment in the Regular Army.
- Three-year Campus – Open to all qualified full time students with 3 years remaining in college before receiving a Bachelor’s degree.
- Two-year Campus – Open to all qualified full time students with 2 years remaining in college before receiving a Bachelor’s degree or Graduate degree.
The minimum requirements for these scholarships are:
- 1000 SAT/19ACT score
- 2.50 Cumulative Grade Point Average
- Holds U.S. Citizenship
- Does not become 31 years old the year commission is received
- Be of strong moral character
- Successfully pass military physical exam
- Successfully pass physical fitness exam
- Requirements for ROTC
Requirements for ROTC
- Character - Be of good moral character as evidenced by record in home, community and the institution where enrolled.
- Citizenship - Be at least 17 years of age for enrollment in the advanced course. Male applicants under 18 years of age and female applicants who are under legal age established by their state of legal residence require parental consent.
- Age - Be 34years old or less the year of commissioning.
- Medical - Be physically fit as defined by AR 145-1 and AR 40-501.