Military Science

Minor in Military Science and Leadership

Air Force

militaryCentral Methodist University has a cooperative arrangement with the U.S. Air Force which allows students to enroll in Air Force ROTC courses offered at the University of Missouri-Columbia, while attending CMU on a full-time basis. This program allows students to qualify for a commission as a second lieutenant by the end of their senior year. Classroom instruction is provided one day a week in conjunction with the leadership lab at the University of Missouri. Students are expected to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 to remain in the Air Force ROTC program. Various three-year and two-year scholarships are available for CMU students. Freshman and Sophomores on scholarship receive a monthly stipend of $300 and $350 respectively.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) offers a number of opportunities for CMU students who wish to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force. Job availability on completion of a degree includes pilot, navigator, security forces, intelligence officer, non-rated operations, and technical and non-technical positions of responsibility.

Opportunities in the Air Force also are excellent for students in health related and legal professions. Jobs are available in over 30 non-technical career fields requiring backgrounds in personnel management, business, accounting, political science, criminal justice, as well as numerous other academic majors.

To enroll in the General Military Course (GMC), or Basic Course, students in the four-year program must register for Aerospace AS 110 (fall) or 120 (spring): The Foundation of the United States Air Force (2). Students in the three-year program may enroll concurrently in the freshman and sophomore classes, Aerospace Studies 110/120 and 210/220: The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power (2).

Non-scholarship students are not obligated to military service until their junior year. Students usually attend summer field training prior to their junior year, before elevation into the Professional Officer Course (POC). Entrance into the POC, which is the last two years of AFROTC studies, is based on an extensive evaluation and selection process during the student's sophomore year.

Members of the POC receive an allowance of $450-$500 per month regardless of scholarship status. Cadets who complete the POC in good standing and earn degrees are commissioned as second lieutenants and serve on active duty for four or more years depending on their selected Air Force career. Upon graduation and commissioning as an officer in the Air Force, students fulfill their military obligation by agreeing to retain their commission for four years active duty. Pilots incur a ten-year active duty commitment after completing undergraduate pilot training. Navigators incur an eight-year active duty commitment after completion of undergraduate navigator training.

Interested students are encouraged to consult with the ROTC coordinator at CMU, or Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) at 573-882-7621 or



Central Methodist University has a cooperative arrangement with the U.S. Army which allows students to enroll in Army ROTC courses offered at the University of Missouri-Columbia, while attending CMU on a full-time basis.

The Army ROTC program can be completed through a two- or four- year program designed to develop young men and women into junior commissioned officers for challenging, responsible positions in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. In addition to traditional combat roles, Army officers serve in such professional fields as aviation, medical service, finance, procurement, personnel management, communications, law enforcement, and engineering.

Students who earn a Bachelor’s degree and a commission as a second lieutenant will serve as a platoon leader in one of several career fields including combat arms, engineering, signal operations, military intelligence, military police, logistics, and finance.

The CMU ROTC program offers 100 percent tuition paid, $1200 book allowance and $250 to $500 monthly living allowance.

For more information about the Army ROTC program contact Mr. Patrick Kent, Recruiting Operations at 573-999-1275, email



Air Force ROTC website

Army ROTC website

MO National Guard website