Dec 05, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Military Science

LTC Joseph L. Swindle, Chair
118 College Drive, Box 5042
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Crowe, Knight, Mack-Lewis, Swindle, Terrell


The mission of the Army ROTC program is to train and commission college students to officers and leaders of character in the total Army. .

ROTC Scholarship Program

The Army ROTC Scholarship Program is designed to offer financial assistance to outstanding young men and women in the ROTC program who are interested in commissioned service in the Army. There are three types of scholarships: four-year, three-year and two-year. Each scholarship provides tuition, textbooks and laboratory fees. All contracted cadets earn a stipend of $300 monthly for freshmen increasing to $500 for seniors.

Four-year scholarships are available to high school seniors. Four-year scholarship applications must be mailed prior to January 12, in the student's senior year of high school. Information and application packets for the four-year scholarship may be obtained from the high school counselor, by going online at, by e-mailing to, or by writing to

Southern Miss Military Science Department
Scholarship Officer
118 College Drive #5042
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Students desiring to apply for the two-year or three-year scholarships should contact the Department of Military Science chair at the university. Applicants will be screened by a scholarship committee, and recommendations will be forwarded to the Department of the Army for final selection.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Qualified Army National Guard and Army Reserve members can enter the advanced course and remain in their units while combining and enhancing their pay and tuition benefits and earning their commission as a second lieutenant. Participants in the program are eligible for both state and federal tuition assistance applied directly to tuition costs and can compete for 4, 3, and 2 year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarships.

Minor in Military Science and Leadership

The minor in Military Science and Leadership requires 16 hours, including MSL 301 , MSL 302 , MSL 401 , and MSL 402 . All MSL 300-400 courses include weekly labs/ practicums wherein Cadets apply their classroom knowledge through practical exercises in a field or tactical setting.    


Cadets must be contracted prior to graduating which requires at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA initially and they must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA each semester or higher if required by their academic major.  Additionally, Cadets take the oath of enlistment in the Reserve Component of United States Army as a condition of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program membership, commission as an officer upon graduation, meet and maintain the Army Physical Fitness Test standard and the screening weight or body fact percentage required by the Army Body Composition Program in accordance with Army Regulation 600-9, agree to undergo pre-commissioning drug and alcohol screening tests, undergo testing for HIV, fully disclose all pre-existing medical conditions, and undergo a pre-commissioning physical examination.