Lyon College Army ROTC

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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. 

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Lyon College and Arkansas State University signed a memorandum of agreement declaring Lyon College an affiliate unit of the Arkansas State University ROTC program on February 13, 2019.



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Training and Courses

Pending Higher Learning Commission approval, 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.

MSL I: 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.

MSL II – 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, teambuilding, 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.

MSL III – 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.

MSL IV – 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.



ROTC offers two, three and four-year campus-based scholarships. Requirements for scholarships are a minimum ACT score of 19 and a 2.5 high school GPA. Scholarships provide the following:

  • Up to $20,000 tuition or room/board
  • Annual book allowance of $1,200
  • Monthly stipend for contracted students

To apply, visit 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.



  • Adjutant General Corps
  • Air Defense Artillery
  • Armor
  • Aviation
  • Chaplain
  • Chemical Corps
  • Civil Affairs
  • Dental Corps
  • Engineer
  • Field Artillery
  • Infantry
  • JAG Corps
  • Medical Corps
  • Medical Service Corps
  • Medical Specialist Corps
  • Military Intelligence
  • Military Police
  • Nurse Corps
  • Ordnance Corps
  • Quartermaster Corps
  • Signal Corps
  • Special Forces
  • Transportation Corps
  • Veterinary Corps


Benefits of an Army Officer

  • Starting Salary and benefits of $55,240
  • 100% Medical Coverage
  • Unlimited Sick Leave
  • 30 Days Paid Vacation Yearly
  • 100% Dental Coverage
  • Immediate Leadership & Travel


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Cadre & Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Mason
Visiting Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC
Red Wolf Battalion Commander

(870) 972-8064

Captain Chance Hall
Visiting Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC

(501) 288-5636

Master Sergeant James Bacon
Visiting Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC

(931) 220-0764

David Hastings
Recruiting Operations and Scholarships Officer, Army ROTC

(870) 972-2116

Kathleen Ruth
Administrative Assistant, Army ROTC


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