The Program

Vance Dewey
Recruiting Operations Officer

Keaney Gym Rm 116
Phone: 401.874.7682
Fax: 401.874.5428

Course Descriptions Cadet Forms and Resources

Army ROTC is a college elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. The U.S. Army provides military instruction in partnership with URI through Army ROTC and the Department of Military Science.

Participation Levels

  • Service Commitment: Students who meet eligibility requirements and agree to commission for a period of service upon graduation may compete for scholarships that can pay full tuition and fees as well as a monthly stipend of $420 and additional paid summer training and internship opportunities.
  • Basic Coursework: Students may participate in the basic program including MSL 101, 102, 201, and 202 without any service obligation. Students from any academic major may take classes but the course of instruction is particularly well-suited for those interested in pursuing careers in defense and national security, law enforcement, diplomacy and development, intelligence, aviation, engineering, logistics or supply chain management, nursing and health sciences, and STEM.
  • Minor: Students desiring a minor in Military Science and Leadership may request approval from the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences upon beginning the program. Completion of 18 credits of MSL course work is required to complete the minor.


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Our curriculum is focused on developing your skills as a leader. You will receive some introductory military training to include: military customs and courtesies, land navigation, first aid, and basic military leadership.

Military Science and Leadership classes involve one elective course and one lab per semester. Although the courses include hands-on field training as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule.

Physical Training

Cadets who have received a scholarship and are contracted to serve with the Army generally conduct physical training three mornings a week from 6 to 7 a.m. when school is in session. We strongly encourage participating students who desire a scholarship contract to participate, as well.

Summer Training

Scholarship and contracted cadets will attend Advanced Camp after the end of their junior year. Advanced Camp is a thirty day training event that is held annually at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Cadets who join the program late and miss some of the on-campus curriculum may also attend Basic Camp after the end of their sophomore year. You will receive pay and benefits for your time in summer training. Also, additional military schooling may be available for select cadets including the Army’s Airborne and Air Assault Schools.


Army Careers
URI ROTC alumni have gone on to serve in the active duty Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard in just about every career field you can imagine. You can read their stories on our Alumni page or at the URI ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame display in the Memorial Student Union. Learn more about Army officer career fields

Civilian Careers
The leadership skills we teach are highly sought after on the civilian job market, and you will receive advanced training with the Army after graduation that can open exciting doors for you. You may also accept a position in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard and serve your country part-time while also pursuing a civilian career full-time. Delayed entry into active service for graduate study is also an option for qualifying students. Army ROTC also supports the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, which guarantees cadets an interview with one of our corporate partners.

Get Started

Contact our scholarship and enrollments officer Vance Dewey at to enroll in a Military Science and Leadership class or program.