Military Service Opportunities
The Office of Academic Assistance is the primary point of contact for students
who wish to serve their country and for students who wish to support the
military efforts of this country; but not serve in the Armed Forces.
Abbey College has a large military presence on its campus, as well as in the
community. There are several avenues a student may take to expand their
minds and understanding of the United States military.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
In partnership with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC), we offer
the Army and Air Force ROTC classes.
- The Army sequence will earn a student a Military Science minor and the
courses are taught at the Sacred Heart Campus at Belmont Abbey College.
To qualify for a scholarship, incoming freshmen must apply before High
School graduation by visiting http://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html
and entering the link under "Four Year Scholarship." Transfer students,
or students entering their sophomore year of college, may take both their
freshman and sophomore classes simultaneously to qualify for the Leadership
Program (Junior and Senior-level classes); however, no scholarship is
available for the first two years. Transfer students or students preparing
for their Junior year of college have the option of entering directly into
the last two years of study by attending an LTC program the summer between
their Sophomore and Junior Year; possible scholarship opportunities may be
- The Air Force sequence will earn a student a minor in Aerospace Studies. The
classes are taught one day per week at the UNCC campus. Both the classes
and labs are taught on the same day. Please note that a consortium form
must be completed before registering for these classes. The form is available
in the office of the Director of Academic Assistance. Please visit
to qualify for this program PRIOR to enrollment.
MARINE OFFICER TRAINING PROGRAM
This program is available at colleges where the Naval ROTC program is not offered.
- Belmont Abbey College is a participating site and has had great success in the
preparation of students to compete for a commission in the United States
Marine Corps. All officers must have a degree from an accredited, four-year
college or university before earning their commission. Also, college
students attending a two-year college may transfer to a Belmont Abbey College
and still be eligible. Additionally, college students can begin their path
towards earning a commission while they are still in school. The Marine Corps
encourages and fully supports the pursuit of higher learning and provides many
incentives to assist with college tuition and other expenses. The Platoon Leaders
Class (PLC) is a training program that may be completed in lieu of ROTC courses;
to find out more about this opportunity.
- The Director of Academic Assistance works closely with the Charlotte Officer Selection
Officer in maintaining the integrity of the program and advising the cadets during
their PLC training. The student is required to meet Physical Training standards (PT),
outstanding moral conduct, and academic excellent for the entire duration of the
Belmont Abbey College offers a variety of services and support for Veterans of the Armed Services.
GREEN TO GOLD PROGRAM
This program allows currently-serving G.I's to continue serving their chosen branch of the military while earning a degree from Belmont Abbey College.
- This program is open to all branches; including the Guard and Reserves
- Incoming freshmen may join a local unit prior to enrolling and qualify for this program.
There is an organization that was formed in the fall semester of 2009 to create a group of like-minded
students who are in support of the efforts of our military men and women.
- The Military Leadership Organization (MLO) has over 100 members and has a strong presence
on campus and in the community. Some of the standing yearly events hosted by this organization
are: Toys 4 Tots, Christmas for Troops, JROTC site for their regional drill competitions, an
annual Marine Mud Run (7.5 miles), exercise regiments, group PT's, weekend excursions, aquatic
training, Spartan Race at the National Whitewater Rafting Center, and marksmanship exercises,
to name a few.
- Please visit the new facebook page dedicated to the public:
- For additional information or to get on the email list for updates and events,
contact the Director of Academic Assistance.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND STAFF
Military Leadership Organization
Crystal King (President)
Colonel G. McGinnis and Major Rick Nash
Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery
Professor of Military Science
University of North Carolina at Charlotte