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Whitworth University Military Science/ROTC Program

Whitworth students may elect to participate in Army ROTC through a partnership program with Gonzaga University. Coursework requires travel to the Gonzaga campus, which is located 6 miles south of Whitworth.

The ROTC program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army, Gonzaga University and Whitworth University. It provides training and qualification for leadership positions in the Regular Army, the U.S. Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. A student may earn a commission as an Army second lieutenant while achieving a college degree in the academic discipline(s) of his or her choosing. Cadets incur no obligation during their first two years of ROTC and are not members of the U.S. Army (unless they are ROTC scholarship winners). Lower-division courses are open to all Whitworth students, but the associated leadership labs and physical fitness courses may be restricted if students are in a participating rather than enrolled status.

The objectives of the program are to prepare academically and physically qualified scholar/athlete/leaders for the challenge of serving as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. To that end, the program stresses building leaders of character and competence to serve their country and community.

The program meets the country's requirement for officer-leaders in the Army (active duty, National Guard, and reserves). It is, therefore, multifaceted, with distinctive sub-elements to meet individual needs and requirements. For example, ROTC is traditionally a four-year program, but individuals with prior service, members of reserve or National Guard units, participants of JROTC in high school and summer Leaders' Training Course (LTC) participants may receive advanced placement credit and may complete the program in two years. Normally, all students enroll in one military science class, leadership laboratory and the Military Physical Fitness course per semester. The program consists of two phases: the basic course (lower division), normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years or completed through advanced placement credit, and the advanced course (upper division).

Basic Course: First- and second-year courses, MI 101, 102, 201 and 202, designed for beginning students who want to qualify for entry into the advanced course and for those students who may want to try military science without obligations. In addition to their academic requirements, basic-course cadets may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. Placement credit for the basic course may be granted to students who have completed initial entry training for the armed forces, three years of Junior ROTC in high school or the ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Ky. MI 101 and 102 concentrate on fundamental skills, concepts, values and problem-solving and provide an overview of how the military fits into society. MI 201 and 202 more thoroughly address problem solving, critical thinking, communications and conflict-resolution skills.

Advanced Course: The advanced course consists of MI 301, 302, 401 and 402. It is open only to students who have completed the basic course or earned placement credit (see above). Students must also enroll in leadership labs (301L, 302L, 401L or 402L) and Military Physical Fitness (303, 304, 403 or 404). Students also attend the four-week cadet summer training program during the summer between their junior and senior years. In addition to meeting their academic requirements, advanced-course cadets provide student leadership for the Gonzaga Bulldog Battalion.

Completion of the basic course, advanced course and cadet summer training, combined with a bachelor’s degree from the university, qualify cadets for a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.