Military Science/Army ROTC

The School of Mines unit of the senior division of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is the headquarters for the Mount Rushmore Battalion. The unit was established in 1950 and is administered by commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the United States Army nominated by the Department of the Army and approved by the President of the School of Mines. The School of Mines is very supportive of the ROTC and Veterans' Affairs programs on campus and each have had a long and prestigious contribution to the campus' community. The ROTC program is open to both men and women. Military science and leadership (MSL) courses complement any course of study, providing leadership training unavailable anywhere else on campus.

The ROTC program is designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of military art and science; to develop leadership and managerial potential and a basic understanding of associated professional knowledge; to develop a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility; and to develop an appreciation of the requirements for national security. Attainment of these objectives will prepare students for commissioning as a second lieutenant and will establish a sound basis for future professional development and effective performance in the Army or any chosen career field.