Jul 01, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Military Science Department

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LTC Michelle Bunkers, Chairperson
709 University Street
(605) 677-5284



LTC Michelle Bunkers, Military Intelligence

Assistant Professors:

CPT Robert Vankirk, Logistician

Senior Military Instructor:

MSG Cary Wallum, Field Artillery

Military Instructor:

SFC Jason Cautrell, Cavalry Scout


Military Science

Military Science and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) are on USD’s campus to motivate and train students to become leaders in the United States Army (or any profession). Qualified students earn federal commissions while they earn their Bachelor’s degree by taking Military Science courses, completing a five-week summer leadership course and maintaining established standards in academics, physical fitness and citizenship. After graduation and commissioning, new Second Lieutenants serve on Active Duty in the U.S. Army or in a variety of positions with Army National Guard and Army Reserve units throughout the country. Two, three and four-year scholarships that pay full tuition and fees are available to qualified students. A two-year program is also available for graduate students. Initial Military Science courses are tuition and obligation free. These 100 level and 200 level Military Science courses are open to any student on campus. Courses include instruction on rappelling, first aid, survival training, leadership development, problem solving and time management. Military Science courses at the 300 and 400 level are limited to enrollment by contracted ROTC cadets only. Summer internships and cultural exchange programs around the world are also available for contracted cadets. The Military Science Minor is available only to those students who are fully-contracted/obligated ROTC cadets. There are 22 credits required for the minor. Students who have completed Basic Training/Advanced Individual Training may be awarded lower-division MSL course credit toward the minor with the permission of the department chair. MSL 494 will not count toward any requirements for the Military Science Minor.


National and Campus-based Army ROTC Scholarships:

  • Available to H.S. Seniors, College First-year students and Sophomores
  • Eligibility criteria: U.S. citizen; minimum GPA 2.50; must meet age and medical qualifications
  • Benefits: Covers full cost of tuition and fees, book allowance, monthly stipend

Military Endowments:

  • Available to College First-year students and Sophomores
  • Eligibility criteria: Must be enrolled in Army ROTC
  • Benefits: Provides various cash awards

Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see College of Arts & Sciences  for college/school level scholarships.

  • Col. Robert B. Aasen (Dustoff 79) Distinguished Military Graduate Award
  • John Dennison Quigley Memorial Scholarship
  • Major General Lloyd R. Moses-ROTC Scholarship
  • Paul Halkovich Memorial Scholarship
  • Rolf W. Ertresvaag Memorial Scholarship
  • Sam & Nel Doering Scholarship



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