Welcome to the Thorobred ROTC Program!

KSU Army ROTC is a partnership program within the University of Kentucky Wildcat Battalion which has been a commissioning source for the United States Army for over a hundred years. Centrally located in Hathaway Hall, Army ROTC has one primary task: to educate and train college students to become military officers. This is done through a combination of classroom instruction, physical fitness training, training exercises, and special events. Throughout each semester, Cadets will participate in events ranging from early morning runs and marches to supporting the KSU Athletic Department during KSU Football and Basketball games. There is always a need for motivated individuals to come out and support KSU campus activities.

The benefits of participating in a collegiate ROTC program are plentiful. Every year the graduating seniors receive not only a college diploma, but a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Until that day, however, there is no shortage of training events to introduce Cadets to the community they will one day enter. Information on the Wildcat Battalion and training events can be found at https://armyrotc.as.uky.edu/welcome-wildcat-battalion.

For more information about Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), contact:

Sergeant First Class Raniel Nebrida
Senior Military Instructor
Hathaway Hall RM 304

Allen Back
Scholarship, Recruiting & Enrollment Manager, Army ROTC

Army ROTC Army Military Science Course List

  • MSL 101 Intro To The Army
  • MSL 102 Intro To Leadership
  • MSL 107 Military Conditioning
  • MSL 201 Leadership and Decision Making I
  • MSL 202 Leadership and Decision Making II
  • MSL 211 Advanced Leadership I
  • MSL 212 Advanced Leadership II * AMS 250 Basic Military Sci Lab
  • MSL 301 Leadership & Management I
  • MSL 302 Advanced Tactics
  • MSL 320 Adv Studies American Military History
  • MSL 341 Leadership & Management II
  • MSL 342 Command Management * AMS 350 Adv Military Sci Lab
  • MSL 395 Independent Study In Leadership
  • MSL 401 The Army Officer

Career Paths

Force Sustainment

Adjutant General

To train leaders and soldiers in providing personnel service support for the Army of today and the 21st century through excellence in doctrine, Leader Development, Organization, Material, and soldiers.


The Finance Corps’ Mission is to fund Army, Joint, and Combined Operations; execute timely commercial vendor and contract payments; and to provide pay and disbursing services, banking and currency services, and limited accounting on an area basis.


The purpose of the Ordinance Corps is to support the development, production, acquisition and sustainment of weapons systems and munitions, and to provide Explosive Ordinance Disposal, during peace and war, to provide superior combat power to current and future forces of the United States Army.


The Quartermaster Corps provides supply support, field services, aerial delivery support, material and distribution management, combat development and doctrine, training, and professional developments to support the Total Army.


Transportation Corps officers develop concepts and doctrine to perform transportation services and support functions for forces across the operational spectrum of the National Military Strategy. Transportation officers plan, schedule, and supervise the use of each mode of transportation for the effective movement of personnel and cargo.

Health Services

Medical Service Corps

Medical Service Corps Officers are essential in treating and helping the overall health of Soldiers and their families. They are also responsible for much of the medical research that takes place in the Army. From medical fields such as optometry and podiatry to laboratory sciences to behavioral sciences, the Army Medical Service Corps includes many areas of specialty.

Nurse Corps

Army Nurse Corps Officers lead diverse nursing teams in a variety of settings and provide holistic multi-disciplinary care for Soldiers and their families. Officers are leaders. All Army leaders require self-discipline, initiative, confidence, the ability to problem solve and make timely decisions

Maneuver Fires and Effects

Air Defense Artillery

The role of an Air Defense Artillery Officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Air Defense Artillery Branch and to be an expert in the tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of air defense systems.


Armor Officers are responsible for tank and cavalry/forward reconnaissance operations on the battlefield. The role of an Armor Officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Armor Branch and to lead others in many areas of combat operations.


An Officer within the Aviation Branch is first an expert aviator, but is also responsible for the coordination of Aviation operations from maintenance to control tower operations to tactical field missions. From providing quick-strike and long-range target engagement during combat operations to hauling troops and supplies, Army helicopter units play a critical role in getting the job done in many situations.

Chemical Corps

The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Officer advises the commander on issues regarding nuclear, biological and radiological warfare, defense and homeland protection. Chemical Officers also employ Chemical units in combat support with chemical, smoke and flame weapons, technology and management. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.

Corps of Engineers

An Officer in the Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for providing support in a full spectrum of engineering duties. Engineer Officers help the Army and the Nation in building structures, developing civil works programs, working with natural resources as well as providing combat support on the battlefield.

Field Artillery

The Army’s Field Artillery Branch is responsible for neutralizing or suppressing the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fire and to help integrate all fire support assets into combined arms operations. The role of a Field Artillery Officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Field Artillery Branch and to be an expert in the tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of fire support systems.


An Infantry Officer is responsible for leading and controlling the Infantry and combined armed forces during land combat. They are also involved in coordinating employment of Infantry Soldiers at all levels of command, from platoon to battalion and higher, in U.S. and multi-national operations. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.

Military Police

Military Police Officers are utilized in direct combat and during peacetime to lead other Military Police Soldiers while they serve five main functions: 1) Maneuver and mobility support operations, 2) Area security operations, 3) Law and order operations, 4) Internment and resettlement operations, and 5) Police intelligence operations.


U.S. Army Nurse Corps

Upon graduation from college with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, you will become part of an elite organization that protects the health of our nation’s fighting forces. It is a position of great responsibility, high expectations, learning and adventure. You will immediately be given more responsibility, sooner and with greater authority than you would expect in the private sector. You will refine the leadership skills you developed in ROTC as you serve your country.

Scholarship Program

In addition to the regular ROTC scholarship, if you receive an Army ROTC Nurse Scholarship you will receive the following extra benefits:

* NCLEX-RN review course fee paid

* NCLEX-RN exam fee paid

* Guaranteed nurse position upon graduation

* Malpractice insurance paid

* Immunizations paid

* Nursing supplies paid

* Uniforms paid

Specialty Courses

The Army offers six specialty areas of study to nurse officers:

* Critical Care**

* Perioperative**

* Emergency Medicine

* OB/GYN**

* Community Health

* Psych/Mental Health**

These courses are 16 weeks in length and are conducted in a combination of classroom and clinical settings. Army Nurses must have a minimum of one year clinical experience prior to attending one of these schools. All scholarship nurse cadets will automatically be eligible to apply for specialty training within the first 6-12 months on active duty and guaranteed a seat in one of the four specialty courses.

**The double starred items fall under the Army ROTC Course Guarantee Seat Assignment Program.

Educational Opportunities

The Army Nurse Corps encourages its nurses to improve their skills and enhance their professional experience through a variety of educational programs, including fully funded post-graduate opportunities, continuing education, and specialty courses. Post-graduate fields include:

* Clinical Nurse Specialist

* Healthcare Administrator

* Nurse Anesthetist

* Family Nurse Practitioner

* Informatics

* Nurse Midwife

Operations Support

Military Intelligence Corps

Military Intelligence (MI) Officers are always out front, providing essential intelligence and in many cases saving Soldiers who are fighting on the front lines. MI Officers assess risks associated with friendly and enemy courses of action and act to counter or neutralize identified intelligence threats. The MI Officer also uses intelligence systems and data to reduce uncertainty of enemy, terrain and weather conditions for a commander.

Signal Corps

A Signal Corps Officer must be an expert in planning, installing, integrating, operating and maintaining the Army’s voice, data and information systems, services and resources. Signal Officers must be highly intelligent, forward-thinking and have a complete knowledge of communications and data management technologies.