Who are the key contacts if I have questions regarding Army ROTC at William Jewell?
William Jewell is part of the Pony Express Batallion which is headquartered at Missouri Western State University. However, the instructors hold class and have office space at William Jewell College. If you have specific questions regarding the ROTC program, please contact the officers below directly:
CPT Christopher Smiley
Military Science Instructor
SFC Grady DuBose
Military Science Instructor
LTC J Shay Howard
Professor of Military Science
How does the ROTC program work?
When students complete the ROTC program with a bachelor’s degree and a minor in Military Science, they become commissioned in the U.S. Army at the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Any Wiillam Jewell ROTC student may take Military Science 100- or 200 level courses without a commitment to serve in the U.S. Army upon graduation. However, students who are interested in a commission in the Army may participate in the two-year or four-year program:
Two-year ROTC Program: This program option is designed for junior and sophomore level students who were unable to enroll in ROTC during their first two academic years. The two-year program substitutes a five-week Army Leadership Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for the Military Science 100- and 200-level courses. This leadership orientation is designed for sophomores with no prior military training. Students should attend the Leadership Training Course between their sophomore and junior years.
Four-year ROTC Program: This program consists of 26 credit hours of Military Science courses on campus, which includes 20 hours of upper level ROTC courses. First-semester sophomores who did not take Military Science during their freshman year may compress the basic program during their sophomore year by taking a 100-level and a 200-level course.
All students seeking an Army commission must attend a five-week advanced training and assessment experience (Warrior Forge) in Fort Lewis, Washington, usually during the summer between their junior and senior years.
ROTC students may also compete for selection to attend additional training at the Army’s Airborne or Air Assault schools, or to participate in a three-week summer internship with Army field units in either the United States or overseas.
What majors and minors are offered?
Students who complete the ROTC program earn a minor in Military Science. In order to earn their bachelor’s degree, which is required for a U.S. Army commission, they choose a major and complete coursework from any academic department at William Jewell College.
Why should I go through the ROTC program at William Jewell College?
Jewell ROTC faculty members are all officers of the U.S. Army, and form a close-knit cadre to ensure that cadets receive the best leadership training possible. Each member of the cadre works very closely with the cadets, and the cadre meets weekly to discuss each cadet’s progress as a leader.
With the exception of a five-week paid summer experience and field training exercises, all instruction is presented on campus. Several area colleges and universities offer ROTC courses, but students from those institutions attend labs twice a month on Western’s campus.
What are the admission requirements for the program?
The admission requirements are the same as those required by the institution.
As a high school student, how should I prepare for ROTC?
If your high school offers it, consider participating in the Junior ROTC program. However, this is not required.
What is the typical class size?
The typical class size is five or less students.
How do students work together with faculty?
Faculty members, known as the cadre, work very closely with ROTC students, known as cadets, to ensure that they are gaining the leadership experience they need to become officers in the U.S. Army. Senior cadets work side by side with their instructors to plan curriculum and labs. They are given leadership positions that require great responsibility.