An affiliate of the Arkansas State University ROTC program, the Lyon College ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) Program is dedicated to developing quality leaders for the United States Army. ROTC has a history of producing top-quality leaders who have gone on to hold high-paying jobs, public office, and high-ranking military positions.
For more information contact Mr. David Hastings at dhastings@AState.edu.
In 2019, Lyon College and Arkansas State University signed a memorandum of agreement declaring Lyon College an affiliate unit of the Arkansas State University ROTC program.
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The ROTC Program will be a four-year program and will adequately train future officers of the United States Army. Cadets who have prior service and have completed basic combat training are only required to take the junior- and senior-level courses. Physical fitness training is a required part of the ROTC curriculum. The number of days a Cadet is required to attend is dependent on classification. Additionally, a two-hour lab is conducted each week to put classroom knowledge into practical application. Our Cadets are active in a variety of social and scholastic organizations. We offer classes in leadership, rappelling, marksmanship and military history, as we continue to develop tomorrow’s leaders.
This is the freshman-level course required for cadets who have not attended basic training. This course teaches an introduction to leadership. Cadets learn basic soldiering skills, Army values, health and fitness, effective communication and U.S. Military Customs and Courtesies. This course will prepare cadets for Basic Camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
This is the sophomore-level course required for all cadets who have not completed basic training. Cadets continue to build a strong foundation in leadership, team building, Army briefing, interpersonal communication, effective writing, Army rank and structure, duties, traditions, map reading, land navigation and an introduction to troop-leading procedures. Cadets will be exposed to battle drills and patrolling.
This is the junior-level course required for all Cadets to commission as an Army Officer. Completion of MSL I, MSL II and Basic Camp is required for all cadets who have not completed basic training. Cadets will learn tactical leadership, squad combat operations, operations orders, and troop leading. This course prepares cadets for the Advanced Camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky, before the senior-level course.
This is the senior-level course required for all Cadets to commission as an Army Officer. This is the last stop before obtaining the rank of Second Lieutenant (2LT). Completion of MSL I, MSL II, MSL III, Basic Camp, and Advanced Camp are prerequisites for MSL IV. Cadets are placed in either a Command or Battalion Staff position to gain experience in planning and operations.
Conducted annually at Fort Knox, Kentucky, develops well-disciplined, highly motivated, physically conditioned students to improve self-confidence, initiative and leadership potential through progressive practical experience in leadership techniques. It informs students of the significance of military courtesy, discipline and customs, and traditions of the service. The training also provides cadets the opportunity to participate in intensive periods of outdoor practical work and acquaints them with group living, the military environment and military discipline. Completion of Basic Camp or Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a prerequisite for non-traditional MSL III Cadets.
Each Cadet is required to attend four weeks of Warrior Forge as a prerequisite for commissioning. Because of the impact Warrior Forge has on the Cadet’s future, it is imperative that he or she be adequately prepared before arrival. Warrior Forge is held after the summer of the MSL III year, and is a prerequisite for MSL IV.
Full and partial Army ROTC scholarships are available for college-bound high school students and current students participating in the ROTC program. Army ROTC scholarships consist of two-, three- and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete the degree, full-tuition scholarships, and additional allowances for living expenses, books, and fees. Requirements for scholarships are a minimum ACT score of 19 and a 2.5 high school GPA. Scholarships provide the following:
To apply, visit this site for High School students. For high school students, the application window begins on February 1 of your junior year. The deadline is January 10 of your senior year. Contact the college ROTC representative for campus-based two and three-year scholarships.
To remain eligible for scholarships, students must be enrolled in ROTC classes, have a minimum of 27 college credit hours, have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and be able to pass a DoDMERB Physical and the Army Physical Fitness Test. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, not on financial need.
These forms are to be filled out after you have completed and submitted the basic course forms. These are not required for initial enrollment.
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On Feb. 13, 2020, Lyon College and the Arkansas State University (ASU) Department of Military Science and Leadership signed a memorandum of agreement declaring Lyon as an affiliate unit of the ASU ROTC program. Starting in fall 2019, Lyon College began offering a military science concentration as part of the agreement.
While at Lyon, ROTC students will attend military science courses that teach interpersonal communication skills, ethical decision-making, time management, and managerial skills in addition to the tactical aspect.
Upon initial enrollment into the ROTC program, students will be required to complete and provide the following information prior to or on the first day of classes:
Students do not have to commit to military service to enroll in the courses. To learn more, view the course requirements.
Jerry Bowling (contractor)
Assistant Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC
Recruiting Operations and Scholarships Officer, Army ROTC
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