ROTC (Army)

SUU APMS:Major Michael Rhinehart
MS I:CPT Jerome Young
MS II/MS IIISFC Zachery Borja
MS IV:Major Justin Smith
Phone:(435) 879-4750

Cross-Enrollment Agreement

DSU offers ROTC through a cross enrollment agreement with Southern Utah University (SUU) and Brigham Young University (BYU). The Military Science courses are taught at DSU and SUU. Compliance with BYU standards, as listed in the current BYU catalog, is an obligation while participating in ROTC activities and at all times on DSU, SUU and BYU campus. Military Science (Army ROTC) is given below. More detailed information is available in the appropriate BYU catalog listing.

General Information

The ROTC program is designed to produce highly qualified commissioned officers for the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. The traditional ROTC program extends over four years of college and consists of two phases: A two-year basic course during the freshman and sophomore years, and a two-year advanced course covering the junior and senior years of college.

To receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard, students must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to age 30. An exception will be made for prior service, which may extend the age limit to 34. Students must be citizens of the United States to be commissioned. Physical and academic standards for the basic course are the same as for those of all ROTC programs nationwide. To qualify for the advanced program, students must pass a mental and physical examination during the year preceding entry into the advanced course. At the beginning of the fall semester of their junior year students are sworn in and sign an agreement to complete the last two years of ROTC and to serve on reserve or active duty upon graduation. Students incur no military obligation prior to contracting to join the military.

Program of Instruction

The ROTC program is designed to complement the civilian goal of acquiring a baccalaureate degree in a personal course of study while enabling students to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities for transition into the United States Armed Forces upon commissioning and to fulfill a military obligation as a reserve or active duty officer. Students do not “major “in Military Science but may receive a “minor” in these areas upon their request and depending upon the requirements of the college or university from which the students received their baccalaureate degree. ROTC military and leadership training provides ROTC graduates with many special skills and experiences which will enable them to compete as leaders in the military and/or business, civic, and community affairs.


ROTC offers many two, three, and four-year scholarships for which students may compete, awarded on merit. The scholarships pay full tuition, textbook costs, lab, and other required college fees, related education expenses such as classroom materials, and a $350-500 per month subsistence allowance. These scholarships are among the finest scholarships offered and can be used at hundreds of other universities and colleges across the United States for students to complete their baccalaureate training at a four-year school. ROTC scholarships are offered on a competitive basis and applications must be submitted through Army ROTC Detachments. In most cases, deadline for scholarship applications is January of the year prior to enrollment; however, it is suggested that interested parties check with specific ROTC departments since in certain instances deadlines may vary. ROTC scholarships are not affected by other grants, loans, or VEAP. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be eligible to receive a baccalaureate degree by his or her 30th birthday, be a U.S. Citizen, be at least age 17 at the time the scholarship is to be used, and be willing to serve on active duty for a period of four years if a scholarship is utilized by a student. There are also Reserve Component Scholarships awarded each year for National Guard and Reserve duty.

ROTC (Army)

A five-week Advanced Leadership Course is required in the summer between the junior and senior years. All Army ROTC students are required to attend a leadership laboratory for two and one-half hours each week which is conducted at SUU. Practical experience in leadership applications such as small unit tactics, rappelling, weapons familiarization, etc., is emphasized during laboratory periods.


1.        Contracted Army ROTC Cadets must also satisfy the leadership laboratory and physical fitness terms of their contract in order to be commissioned officers in the US Army.

2.        An approved History course is also required to commission. (See ROTC department for list of eligible History courses).

3.       Contact information for SUU Army ROTC is: 435-865-8596.