ROTC - Military Science

Olivet’s Roaring Tiger Battalion is one of the top ROTC programs in the nation. It offers students, in any academic major, the opportunity to learn lifetime leadership and management skills — even if the military is not part of their post-collegiate plans.

As an Army ROTC cadet, you will learn and practice principles and skills of military leadership, management, Christian values and selfless service to others. While you build expertise and confidence for the future, you will inspiring strength in others. This is an equal experience for men and women, with the exception of different physical fitness standards.

Areas of Study

Students who want to pursue a cause that’s bigger than themselves and are physically fit and are well-organized often find the military to be a good fit for them. Olivet prepares students academically and spiritually. Students who complete the entire upper-division course of study receive a commission as second lieutenants in the United States Army and are also awarded a minor in military science by the University. ROTC prepares them physically, mentally and emotionally.

All About Leadership

Strong leadership skills launch students into their future careers — in the military and beyond. Cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Olivet. They may serve with the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard, or enter law enforcement as police officers or special agents with the FBI or CIA.

Possible Careers in Military Science

  • Police officer
  • U.S. Army National Guard officer
  • U.S. Army officer
  • U.S. Army Reserve officer
  • Pastor
  • Nurse
  • Computer engineer
  • Engineer

Army ROTC offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships that pay full tuition and mandatory fees. Students can apply at any time from their junior year in high school to the second semester of their sophomore year in college. All scholarship students also earn a $420 monthly stipend while in school, and an annual allowance of $1200 for books and miscellaneous fees.

If you believe you're an ROTC leader, we'll help you become it.

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contact the Department of Military Science at or 815-928-5496.

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As an Army ROTC cadet at Olivet Nazarene University, you will learn and practice skills of military leadership and management alongside a supportive community with foundational Christian values. Watch the video to see what it's all about!

Career and Leadership Preparation 

Olivet's four-year military science/Army ROTC program is an additional component to the requirements for earning a bachelor's degree from Olivet. Cadets choose to pursue a variety of degree programs: criminal justice, nursing, engineering and others. Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army, and receive a bachelor's degree in his/her major area of study.

The program starts with the Basic Course for all students. Then, they have up to two years - with no obligation for future Army service - to decide if this is how God is calling them to serve. When students continue with the Advanced Course, they agree to serve their country for a total of eight years after graduation. This service may be as an officer on full-time duty or part-time in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve while they pursue a civilian career.

ROTC at Olivet allows students to:

  • Learn leadership skills from a Christian perspective for success in the military and in life
  • Develop gifts and talents in a structured setting
  • Be mentored by another cadet during first three years in the program
  • Plan and lead a battalion exercise from start to finish for the Roaring Tiger Battalion
  • Learn basic soldier skills; Apply learning in carrying out a field training exercise
  • Combine classroom time with hands-on experience in leadership development, adventure training and military skills
  • Receive grants to cover room and board expenses
  • Compete against cadets from other northern Illinois ROTC programs in Ranger Challenge Competition
  • Be part of a paid four-week leader evaluation camp during the summer after junior year
year ROTC scholarships available
year Roaring Tiger Battalion began and consistently ranked as one of top ROTC programs in the U.S.
major battalion training exercises each year
day through graduation ROTC cadets take on leadership responsibilities

Meet the Faculty

Major Miller received his commission through University of Notre Dame's ROTC Program and was first assigned to the 4th ABCT, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. MAJ Miller's awards and decorations include: Meritorious service medal (oneOak Leaf Cluster), the Army Accommodation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (three Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Operation Inherent Resolve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Air Assault Badge.

Military Science Faculty

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