Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps

Welcome you to the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s ROTC Northwoods Battalion
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On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and the Cadre and Staff of the Department of Military Science, I would like to welcome you to the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s ROTC Northwoods Battalion website.

  • Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in America.
  • Army ROTC is a great way to establish a foundation of professionalism that will position students for life-long learning.  
  • No matter your experience level, fitness level, or interest level in the Army, every aspect of ROTC is designed to give you the leadership skills and real world experiences you need to lead others.  

If you are considering a career in the Army or just want to gain some practical leadership skills and experience, here is what you should know about our program.

  • Classes are purposely small to help you grow as an individual and gain a sense of camaraderie with fellow students.
  • Courses are taught by military professionals — ROTC faculty and staff who are proven leaders.
  • ROTC faculty will guide and coach you, working with junior and senior cadets who serve as mentors to students beginning the program.
  • There is no military obligation to take our 100 and 200 level courses.
  • If you decide to continue with our program into the 300 and 400 levels of courses, there is a military obligation - this obligation varies based on many factors.
  • Those that complete our full program and receive their college diploma will earn the privilege of wearing the gold bar of a second lieutenant.
  • Regardless of what path you choose, you will be able to speak well in public, take charge when necessary, get things done through others, and be counted on to watch over the safety and well-being of those under your leadership.

As you negotiate your way around our website, you should be able to find most of the general information regarding our program. The website has been designed to answer any questions you may have. However, if you have any additional questions, or would like more information, please contact a member of the Department of Military Science. Better yet, come on over to the Department of Military Science (Communication Technologies Building, Room 141) and we can sit and discuss it in person!

LTC Jesse Johnson 
Chair, Department of Military Science
Professor of Military Science, UW-Stout
Commander, Northwoods Battalion (Army ROTC)

Phone: 715-232-5629

Take Your Training to the Next Level

The University of Wisconsin–Stout ROTC program offers cadets a variety of training, both on campus and on military posts across the country. Volunteering for such training is always encouraged but a number of items such as seniority, contracted status, and grade point average determine eligibility. See below to read more about these various training opportunities.

Ranger Challenge

Ranger Challenge is a competition where teams of ten ROTC cadets compete in various events, which include M-16 disassembly/assembly, an APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test), day and night orienteering, a written land navigation test, grenade assault course, BRM (Basic Rifle Marksmanship), a "mystery event," and the obstacle course. This is a volunteer opportunity where a cadet can earn points towards the Order of Merit List (OML). Ranger Challenge takes place at the beginning of the Fall Semester and physical training is conducted daily in preparation.

Color Guard

The Color Guard conducts the opening ceremony at functions throughout the surrounding area. Functions include on campus ceremonies, parades, Veterans Day, and National Guard/Reserve events. This is a volunteer opportunity where cadets can earn points towards the OML.

 Airborne School

The Army Airborne School is a three-week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia and allows individuals to become a paratrooper. During this three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Course, students learn the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. To qualify as a paratrooper, students must make five qualifying jumps, which includes one night jump. Each ROTC battalion receives a certain amount of seats to send students to Airborne School so cadet selection is very competitive. Upon graduation, cadets will receive points towards the OML and earn the right to wear the prestigious Parachutist Badge. 

To learn more, visit Fort Benning's Basic Airborne Course website.

 Air Assault School

The Army Air Assault School is a two-week course held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Air Assault School deals with making soldiers qualified to conduct airborne helicopter operations: aircraft orientation, sling load operations, proper rappelling techniques and fast-rope techniques. The school itself is ten training days and requires a twelve-mile march with rucksack in order to graduate. Cadet selection is also very competitive for this school because each ROTC Battalion only receives a certain amount of seats to send cadets. Upon graduation, cadets will receive points towards the OML and earn the right to wear the Air Assault Badge. 

To learn more, visit Fort Campbell's Air Assault School website

Leadership Training Course (LTC)

Students joining ROTC at the end of their sophomore year, or with two years left towards a degree, attend this basic leadership course during the summer before their junior year. LTC is a 30 day course taught at Fort Knox, Kentucky. LTC is a fully paid program that is designed to teach the basic skills required of leaders. This course takes the place of the basic course (first two years of ROTC). There may be scholarship opportunities available for students who attend and complete the Leaders Training Course. 

Learn more about LTC.

Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC)

The Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet held at Fort Lewis, WA. This course is attended during the summer between junior and senior year. Every Army ROTC Cadet in the nation must attend this course to be commissioned as an Army officer. The 28-day course incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. LDAC tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations. 

Learn more about LDAC.

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Get Paid for Going to School


ROTC Scholarships pay full tuition, most fees plus $1,200 per year book allowance. Apply during the current semester in order to receive the scholarship for the following semester.

To be eligible for scholarships, students:

  • must have a GPA of at least 2.5
  • must have a qualified medical physical (paid for by Army ROTC)
  • must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)

View Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) standards
Visit the official Army ROTC website for more information about scholarships

Monthly Stipend

All contracted ROTC cadets receive a pro-rated, nontaxable monthly allowance ($300 to $500) during the academic year, plus pay for all summer training.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Students in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve can receive full tuition for eight semesters, drill pay as a sergeant ($300 per month), Montgomery GI Bill® incentives, plus a pro-rated stipend.

Campus-Based Scholarships

On campus scholarships are offered to both current and future students who were not offered or did not apply for the Federal ROTC Scholarship or Green-to-Gold program. These scholarships range in length from two to four years. Scholarship awardees also receive a book allowance for $1,200 per year and also receive a monthly stipend.

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarships are available through the USAR for students that desire to participate in the Senior ROTC program. These scholarships guarantee that the student once graduated from school and commissioned in the U.S. Army, must serve their obligation in the USAR or ARNG. USAR scholarships provide for two years of benefits. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have exactly two years of school remaining. Contact the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at your school's Army ROTC department to determine specific eligibility requirements. 

These scholarships pay up to $20,000 for tuition and fees or room and board. The student can choose which option they desire. In addition, a $900 per year book allowance is paid to the student. Also, a cadet stipend is paid per month to the student in the following amounts: $400 for the junior year and $500 for the senior year. Cadet may also use the Chapter 1606 or Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB), if eligible. See the PMS to determine eligibility for the Selected Reserve (SR)-MGIB and kicker. The Kicker pays $350 per month in addition to what is paid by the SR-MGIB. The USAR-GRFD scholarship student must participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) with an USAR unit prior to commission. Cadets who participate in the SMP are paid at the rank of E-5, approximately $225 per month, unless the cadet was already in the USAR and holds a rank higher than E-5.

High School Scholarships

Are you interested in the Army and college? Get the best of both worlds with a Four-Year Scholarship straight out of high school.

The high school Four-Year Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. With this scholarship, you needn't worry about paying back that hefty college tuition bill after graduation. However, this route is not for everyone and there are requirements and commitments after graduation.


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Meet physical standards [PDF] 
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Your Commitment:

  • An eight-year service commitment with the Army.
  • Serve full time in the Army for four years and four years with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
  • Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.

Are you ready to take on the challenge?

If you are ready to start your future and are ready to apply for the scholarship, you first need to create a MY GOARMY account. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY Log In page. Once you have successfully created your account information, login to the scholarship application site.

If you have any questions, Mr. Jared Siverling, the Northwood Battalion Scholarship and Enrollment Officer, is the primary point of contact for any questions concerning the ROTC scholarship and enrollment. He can be reached at 715-308-0512 and

Green to Gold

UW-Stout Army ROTC also accepts two, three, and four year Green-to-Gold (GTG) Scholarship recipients, Active Duty Option (ADO) recipients and Non-Scholarship GTG students as well. The GTG program is designed for active duty soldiers who desire to complete their education and earn their commission as a 2LT in the Active Duty, National Guard, or Army Reserves. You can start the application process online at:

Soldiers applying for GTG must have approval of their chain of command and must be accepted to UW-Stout. 

Program Description

ROTC helps you develop the leadership and managerial skills you need for success in the Army or any other profession you choose.

As a freshman and sophomore in the ROTC program, you will learn the value of teamwork and the strength of concentrated group effort on mission accomplishment. You will learn the value of honesty, integrity and ethics, and strengthen your personal character by participation in orienteering, rappelling, paintball, and other hands-on activities.

You will be given many leadership challenges your junior and senior years. You will teach classes, lead physical fitness sessions, undertake special projects and run training exercises. As a senior, you form the staff that runs the cadet program. At the conclusion of each leadership opportunity, you are mentored and critiqued by professional military officers and non-commissioned officers.

Throughout the program, you will participate in a variety of social events and extracurricular activities, such as the annual military ball and field training exercises at Fort McCoy. Opportunities also exist for summer internships at Army posts around the world, as well as participation in special military training, such as airborne school.

Army ROTC Course Requirements

Army ROTC Course Requirements (18 credits)

Course Course Title Typically Offered Cr.
MSL-101 Foundations of Officership Fall 1
MSL-102 Basic Leadership Spring 1
MSL-201 Individual Leadership Studies Fall 2
MSL-202 Leadership and Teamwork Spring 2
MSL-301 Adaptive Team Leadership Fall 3
MSL-302 Leadership Under Fire Spring 3
MSL-350 Leader Development and
Assessment Course Field Experience
(Credit for Business Administration Only)
Summer 2
MSL-401 Developing Adaptive Leaders Fall 3
MSL-402 Leadership in a Complex World Spring 3
Military Leadership Minor and Courses

Minor Requirements
from the Undergraduate Bulletin

Students in the ROTC program typically take one military science leadership (MSL) course per semester during their four-year college career.

100- and 200-level MSL courses are available to any UW-Stout students regardless of major and can be taken without enrolling as a cadet. Students must fulfill prerequisites prior to enrolling in 300- and 400-level MSL courses.

Course Descriptions
from the Undergraduate Bulletin

Leadership Labs

In addition to ROTC's MSL courses, cadets participate in Leadership Labs that take place every Thursday during the semester. Leadership labs are an opportunity for cadets to apply classroom lessons to practical hands on training which usually takes place in an outdoor environment. It is a time where senior level cadets teach junior cadets and form mentorship bonds. Lab topics normally focus on Army tactical training, but also include subjects such as military customs and courtesies, land navigation, basic tactics, first aid, and communications. Whatever the day's lesson, it is sure to challenge and enrich the individual cadet and better prepare him or her for their future.