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Coastal to start ROTC program in Fall of 2008

January 31, 2008

Coastal Carolina University is starting an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in the fall of 2008.

The series of courses will be taught by instructors provided by the Army ROTC and the South Carolina National Guard. The program will be initially affiliated with the University of South Carolina ROTC program.

The ROTC coeducational program is dedicated to developing college-educated men and women to serve in positions of leadership, responsibility and varied managerial positions both as officers in the U.S. Army and civilians in corporate America. Army ROTC requires from two to four years to complete, depending on student qualifications.

Twenty freshman students are currently being sought for the initial class.

Scholarships are awarded for two, three and four years to eligible students on a competitive basis. The scholarship amount is applied to the cost of tuition.

CCU Provost Robert Sheehan said Coastal will create a Department of Military Science that will be affiliated with the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation within the Spadoni College of Education.

"This program will be especially suited to students in Junior ROTC programs in high schools," said Sheehan, adding that prior ROTC coursework is not required.

Courses within the program will concentrate on military science, leadership training and an introduction to the U.S. Army. Credits will count toward one of CCU's established degree programs, plus each graduate of the ROTC program will receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army.

For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 349-2026.