Putting you on the path to success
Do you have questions about enrolling in ROTC or commissioning as an officer? Are you interested in learning about scholarship opportunities or considering a minor in military science?
SFA ROTC offers academic advising services that will help you take charge of your college career and make the most of your time at SFA.
ROTC advising procedures
All ROTC students will be mentored and counseled by their instructor twice a semester. Students will also receive mentoring from cadets to help them learn the ropes and become familiar with ROTC.
Students who enroll in ROTC should be aware of the following advising procedures and requirements:
- First-time freshmen and transfer students can attend freshman orientation, which occurs every fall semester.
- All students who are interested in the ROTC program must register with the human resource assistant. They also need to complete all required enrollment forms, provide medical documentation, complete the privacy act and provide a copy of their driver’s license.
- All ROTC students must complete a 104-R Degree Completion Plan signed by their academic advisor.
- Students with fewer than 61 earned hours of credit must meet with an advisor before each registration period.
- Students with 61 or more earned credit hours must meet with their advisor at least once a year.
Important: The advising process includes releasing the administrative hold through SFA’s computer network, which will allow students to register.
Contracted cadet procedures
Contracted cadets are those who choose to commission as an officer and are committed to the program and process.
In order to contract, cadets must meet the following requirements:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (or 2.5 for a scholarship)
- Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test
- Meet the proper Army height and weight standards
- Submit a signed and completed 104-R Degree Completion Plan
- Complete the appropriate medical exam
- Have 30 credits or more
Once a cadet is contracted, he or she must maintain and abide by the Army values and meet academic standards and contractual requirements. If a cadet’s term GPA falls below 2.0 or he or she does not attend mandatory events, he or she can be put on academic suspension. Cadets who do not demonstrate improvement may be removed from the program.
Faculty and staff
The academic advisor for SFA’s ROTC program is Kyle Locke.
Visit: Military Science Building, Room 102
Is ROTC a major or a minor?
ROTC is an elective course. You’ll receive college credit if you enroll in ROTC, but it is not a major or a minor. Some students who enroll in ROTC choose to pursue a minor in military science.
Is enrolling in ROTC the same as joining the Army?
No. ROTC is a college elective, and ROTC cadets have no military obligation during the first two years of college (or the first year, for ROTC scholarship students).
What is academic probation?
A student is placed on academic probation after the first regular semester in which the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation whose semester GPA is 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue on academic probation until the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Academic probation will continue until the student achieves good standing or is placed on academic suspension.
What is academic suspension?
A student on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension if the student's semester GPA falls below 2.0.
A student on academic suspension may be allowed to continue in the university through any of the following procedures:
- meet conditions established by the student’s dean; or
- be automatically readmitted on a provisional basis after one regular semester’s absence from the university
- following a second or subsequent academic suspension and absence from the university for two regular semesters, be readmitted automatically.
Summer terms are exempt from periods of academic suspension. Automatic readmission will not occur if the student takes courses elsewhere and fails to attain a GPA of 2.0 for those courses; or,
- after the first academic suspension, attend summer school at SFA and either raise the cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher or obtain a GPA of 2.0 or higher for at least nine semester credit hours in courses specified by the student’s dean.