• ROTC

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The mission of the Harding University "Bison Detachment" ROTC program is to train and prepare future commissioned officers for a successful career in the U.S. Army. Through leadership training and camaraderie among cadets to experiential learning and financial benefits, ROTC strives to help students earn college degrees while preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders today.

Partnering with A-State

Harding’s ROTC program partners with the Arkansas State University (A-State) Red Wolf Battalion (RWB) to recruit, retain, educate, and develop senior ROTC Cadets. With a focus on leadership and management, Cadets gain leadership skills and participate in various training events and classes encompassing rappelling, marksmanship, fitness, drill and ceremony, critical thinking skills, tactics, planning, and military history. As part of the A-State RWB, Harding also works closely with A-State’s other cross-town campus partners, which currently include ASU-Beebe and Lyon College. A-State and Harding are working together to train and prepare future officers for success as they begin their careers serving in the U.S. Army on Active Duty, in the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserves.

Academic majors

ROTC program participants can choose from any of Harding’s more than 100 majors. They will earn their college degree while learning leadership and management skills required to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career. The unique nature of the program provides learning opportunities in the classroom with both live and simulated scenarios, such as adventure training, Advanced Camp and Blackhawk training.

Special opportunities

ROTC is a leadership program with a focus on character building, generating moral and well-rounded individuals to make an impact on the world around them. With the combined classroom instruction, hands-on training and practice, ROTC allows students to interact with students of diverse backgrounds, experiences, political ideologies and goals, while instilling team-building, negotiating and consensus-building skills beneficial to the Army and various career fields.

Community involvement

This is an integral part of Harding University and its ROTC program. Such involvement is crucial to the success of any unit. As a campus and organization, Harding’s ROTC strives to support the processes necessary to engage in dialogue and participation with community members both locally and abroad.

Complete the chaplain program and earn a Master of Divinity to be commissioned as an Army chaplain. Full tuition is covered.


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.

To be eligible for a scholarship, 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 or master’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.

CC Form 139-R xls - Cadet Enrollment Record

CC Form 136-R pdf - Briefing of Government Benefits

CC Form 137-R xls - Release of Student Records

DA Form 3425-R pdf - Medical Fitness Statement

CC Form 104-R xls - Academic Alignment Sheet

DD Form 2005 pdf - Privacy Act Statement - Health Care Record

SF86 pdf - Security Clearance Application

SF1199 pdf - Direct Deposit Form

*DA Form 4824-R pdf - Simultaneous membership program agreement for Army Reservists. This must be submitted to us if you elect to do the SMP program with the USAR.

*DA Form 594-1R pdf - Simultaneous membership program agreement for Army National Guard Cadets. This must be submitted to us if you elect to do the SMP program with the National Guard.

*Not required for those planning on becoming Active Duty Army Officers.

Advanced Course Forms (Contracting Forms) - These forms are to be filled out after you have completed and submitted the basic course forms. These are not required for initial enrollment.

DA Form 597 pdf - Cadet Non-Scholarship Contract. Non-scholarship cadets need to read this thoroughly prior to contracting

DA Form 597-3 pdf - Cadet Scholarship Contract. Scholarship cadets need to read this thoroughly prior to contracting

DD Form 4 pdf - Enlistment Document. All contracting cadets need to read this thoroughly

DD Form 93 pdf - Record of Emergency Data

DD Form 2351 pdf - DoDMERB Medical Examination Form

DD Form 2492 pdf - DoDMERB Medical History Form

SGLV 8286 pdf - Soldier's Group Life Insurance Form

W-4 pdf - Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate


Does an ROTC student have to join the Army after graduation?
Yes; however, they have the option of Active Duty, National Guard or Reserves.

If a student accepts an ROTC scholarship, will they deploy?
Contracted cadets are non-deployable.

Can ROTC students still participate in athletics?
A flexible schedule can be arranged for students involved in other programs.

Contact Information


CPT Robert David
Assistant Professor of Military Science


Mr. Jason Motes
Program Assistant

Mr. David Hastings, A-State
Enrollment & Scholarship Officer

Mr. Mark Frank, A-State
Human Resource Assistant

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