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UC Army ROTC Students

University of the Cumberlands Army ROTC

Patriots Company
of the Colonels Battalion

University of the Cumberlands (UC) is proud to offer ROTC in cooperation with Eastern Kentucky University Army ROTC program. Students enrolled in the program will be prepared to develop leadership and critical thinking skills that will excel them in their military and civilian careers. Once a student completes the Army ROTC program, they will then be commissioned as an Officer in either the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard with a minor in Military Studies.

High School Students

Students interested will simply apply for admission to University of the Cumberlands. Once the student is admitted and has completed all enrollment requirements, the student will then register for the Army Basic ROTC course as part of their class schedule. Students must register for MSL 101/102 as a Freshman.

Current Undergraduates

All students pursuing a degree at University of the Cumberlands are eligible to enter the Army ROTC program on-campus. Upperclassmen will need to take an accelerated 4-week course over the summer to get them on track. Students will need to have two years left to complete their undergraduate degree to be eligible for this option. Students must register for MSL 201/202 as a Sophomore or MSL 301.302 as a Junior.

Graduate Students

All students pursuing a degree at University of the Cumberlands are eligible to enter the Army ROTC program on-campus. Graduate students will need to take an accelerated 4-week course over the summer to get them on track. Students will need to have two years left to complete their graduate degree to be eligible for this option. Graduate students must register for MSL 301.302.

Graduate students are eligible to join the ROTC advanced courses through several options:

  1. JROTC experience
  2. Prior Service
  3. Paid Summer Internship
  4. Progression

Scholarship Options

University of the Cumberlands ROTC Scholarship: Undergraduate students who enroll in the ROTC program at UC are elligable to earn a $500 scholarship and free textbooks through our textbook loan program.

Army ROTC Scholarships: The Army provides a limited number of ROTC scholarships nationally. Scholarship application requirements are outlined below.


Minimum Scholarship Requirements
GPA 2.5
Age 17-30
SAT 1000
ACT 19
Medical Exam Qualified within 6 months of contracting.
Waiver may be required.
Academic, Civil Conviction, Dependents, Substance Abuse, Placement Credit, Prior Service Receive a waiver prior to scholarship being awarded per CC Form 139-R, Cadet Enrollment Record.


ROTC cadets have the option to be a Simultaneous Membership Program Cadet through the Kentucky National Guard. After one year of service this will enable students to receive additional scholarships and support through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).

ROTC Staff & Cadre

Eric Sheaks
Recruiting Operations Officer
Phone: 859-622-1215
Email: ucarmyrotc@ucumberlands.edu

Samuel E. O'Bryan
MAJ, LG, KYARNG
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Phone: 859-622-1215
Email: ucarmyrotc@ucumberlands.edu
Email: samuel.e.obryan.mil@mail.mil

Valerie Kelly
SGT, RRNCO
Kentucky National Guard
215 Hurricane Hollow Rd
Williamsburg, KY 40769
Phone: 606-425-7193
Email: Valerie.l.kelly6.mil@mail.mil

Program Requirements

Enrollment in Military Science Courses:
(*Students can enroll in Army Basic ROTC course without a military commitment.)

  • Leadership Labs/Physical Training
  • Fall & Spring Exercises (LDX/JLDX)
  • Must pursue and earn a Bachelor or Graduate degree.
  • Cadet Summer Training (Basic/Advanced)
  • Military History Course
  • Optional: Airborne, Air Assault, CULP, CTLT, and more!
  • Acceptance of US Army commission as a 2nd Lieutenant

Have additional questions?

For additional information on ROTC at University of the Cumberlands, please contact:

Email: ucarmyrotc@ucumberlands.edu