Three Degree Completion Programs are offered at John Brown University:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education
RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Programs offered through John Brown University provide unique physical and mental challenges for all aspiring leaders. Available through cross-town agreements with the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, the ROTC Programs prepare young men and women for careers as professional military officers. In addition to academic studies, each service requires that all students attend a weekly leadership laboratory (held at the University of Arkansas campus).
The freshman and sophomore courses are electives offered to male and female students who may earn four hours of academic credit in Aerospace Studies or up to six hours in Military Science. Absolutely no military obligation is incurred by non-scholarship students as a result of their enrollment in or completion of any or all of their freshman or sophomore ROTC courses.
U. S. AIR FORCE ROTC
In addition to the first two years of academic study (see above), John Brown University, in cooperation with the University of Arkansas and the U.S. Air Force, offers two years of advanced instruction in Aerospace Studies. Providing three hours of academic credit per semester for Air Force cadets, the advanced instruction prepares students for the responsibilities and privileges of a commissioned officer.
Air Force (AFROTC) cadets must attend and successfully complete field training, a step usually accomplished between the sophomore and junior years. Air Force ROTC cadets enrolled in the full four-year program attend a four-week session, whereas students entering the two-year program attend a six-week session. AFROTC cadets may volunteer to attend light aircraft training, parachutist training, or various other professional development courses.
For students having a minimum of two academic years remaining in school (undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of the two), an alternate two-year program may be available for those in selected fields of study. Students entering the two-year ROTC program must attend a six-week field training orientation during the summer prior to their last two years of college or between their last two years. The student must successfully complete the summer field training to qualify for the advanced ROTC program. Veterans who have completed basic training and 180 days of service with any component of the U.S. Armed Forces may receive full credit for the freshman and sophomore courses and if accepted may enter ROTC at the advanced level when junior academic standing has been achieved.
Financial assistance is also available through multiple tuition scholarship programs to qualified students enrolled in ROTC courses. Air Force ROTC offers four-, three-, and two-year scholarships to eligible students selected by a board. The selection is based on academic record, ACT/SAT entrance scores, leadership potential, a physical exam, and a personal interview. Scholarship recipients receive a monthly tax-free allowance ranging from $300 to $450, payment of all tuition expenses, textbook payment, and payment of certain other fees. Preferences are given to technical fields and nursing, but all disciplines may apply. Additional information and applications for this assistance may be obtained on the web at afrotc.uark.edu/.
A student who successfully completes the Advanced Course in Air Force ROTC and receives a degree will be awarded a reserve commission and will serve on active duty in the U.S. Air Force.
All textbooks, instructional material, and equipment required for ROTC courses are furnished at no cost to the student.
Descriptions of U.S. Air Force ROTC (ARO) courses may be viewed in the JBU online undergraduate catalog.
U.S. ARMY ROTC
In addition to the first two years of academic study (see above), John Brown University, in cooperation with the University of Arkansas and the U.S. Army, offers two years of advanced instruction in Military Science. The advanced instruction prepares students for the responsibilities and privileges of a commissioned officer. This advanced instruction offers four hours of academic credit per semester for Army cadets. Additionally, all students enrolled in the final two years of ROTC receive a monthly tax-free allowance ranging from $350 to $400.
Army ROTC cadets attend a 33-day Leadership Development and Assessment Course between their junior and senior school year. Cadets may attend professional development training such as airborne, air assault, British Exchange Program, northern warfare, and mountain warfare. During summer field training, cadets receive room and board.
For students having a minimum of two academic years in school remaining (undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of the two), an alternate two-year program is offered. Students entering the two-year ROTC Program attend a 28-day Leaders Training Course (LTC) during the summer. Rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students who meet the U.S. Army Cadet Command's Scholar-Athlete-Leader criteria and are unable to attend the LTC may be eligible to participate in an Accelerated Cadet Commissioning Training (ACCT) program conducted on the University of Arkansas campus. Students with high school-level military schooling (ROTC, NDCC, or Military Academy) may qualify for the advanced ROTC program without completing the freshman or sophomore courses. All veterans who have completed basic training and 180 days of service with any component of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive full credit for the freshman and sophomore courses and may enter ROTC at the advanced level, once junior academic standing has been achieved.
Financial assistance is also available to qualified students enrolled in ROTC courses. The Army offers 2-, 2.5-, 3-, 3.5-, and 4-year tuition scholarships. Freshman or sophomore students who are not enrolled in Army ROTC may qualify for on-campus 2- or 3-year scholarships. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have at least two full years of college remaining may also qualify for on campus 2- or 3-year scholarships. Scholarships can be used to pay for graduate schooling. Selection is based on academic record, ACT/SAT entrance scores, leadership potential, a physical exam, and a personal interview.
Scholarship students receive a monthly tax-free allowance ranging from $250 to $400, payment of all tuition expenses, textbook payment, and payment of certain other fees. Preferences are given to technical fields and nursing, but all disciplines may apply.
Army ROTC scholarship and advanced course students must agree to successfully complete at least one semester of American Military History prior to commissioning.
A unique financial assistance program is available to all Army ROTC sophomore (MSII), junior (MSIII), and senior (MSIV) students through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). This program allows these students to be enrolled in Army ROTC while simultaneously serving with a Reserve or National Guard unit. Financial benefits of this program presently provide approximately $600 to $1,100 per month to SMP students. In addition, Army ROTC SMP students will also receive Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) which will pay 100% of tuition up to $4,500 per year. Eligible Army National Guard students may also receive additional financial assistance through the Guard Tuition Assistance Program (GTAP). For further assistance, visit the web at armyrotc.uark.edu/.
All students who successfully complete the Advanced Course in either ROTC program and receive a degree may be accepted for a Regular or Reserve Commission in the United States Air Force or in one of the 16 branches of the Army.
All textbooks, instructional material, and equipment required for ROTC courses are furnished at no cost to the student. Exception: Army ROTC MSIII (junior) and MSIV (senior) cadets are required to purchase their textbooks.
Descriptions of Army ROTC (MSC) courses may be viewed in the JBU online undergraduate catalog.
ROTC Contact Information
John Brown University students interested in ROTC should contact the Office of Academic Affairs. Information about the programs available at the University of Arkansas can be found at afrotc.uark.edu/ or armyrotc.uark.edu/.