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Established in 1951, the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) is an integral and valued member of the Florida Southern family.

The Moccasin Battalion continues its legacy of providing the highest quality Army Officers for service to United States. Our esteemed Alumni include nine General Officers, members of the FSC Board of Trustees, and leaders around the World. Florida Southern College Army ROTC provides the tools to succeed both in College, and after graduation.


Our training establishes an essential difference between ROTC and other college graduates. Army ROTC Cadets are taught to be leaders and receive hands-on experience in managing financial, physical and human resources. They often possess a higher level of self-confidence and superior decision-making abilities.

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Being an officer in the Army is unlike any other profession. The Army is filled with vast opportunities to grow not only professionally, but personally as well.

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The Moccasin Battalion has a number of teams and events for Cadets to participate in. These programs give Students the opportunity to advance themselves from the classroom to the PT field. Some of these programs include:

  • World travel
    • Junior Journey
    • Cultural Understanding & Language Proficiency Program
  • Competition
    • Army 10 Mile Race
    • Ranger Challenge
  • Professional Development
    • Study Groups
    • Mentoring
    • Army Schools

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At Florida Southern, the award of an Army ROTC scholarship could be the means to 100% payment of your educational costs. Your ROTC scholarship pays for tuition and fees, and provides a specified amount for books, supplies, and equipment. Along with Room & Board, each scholarship also includes a monthly stipend of $300 to $500.

What We Look For

Due to the competitive nature of scholarships, successful applicants will have a strong foundation in the following areas:

ROTC Cadets in the classroom


ROTC Cadets must not only maintain a good GPA, but also demonstrate the ability to be a critical thinking, adaptive leader within today’s Army. Specifically, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degrees are sought after by Cadet Command because they display Cadets who challenge themselves mentally in the classroom and beyond. FSC Cadets need to develop the fine balance course workload and extra-curricular activities.

Cadets participating in athletics


Due to the physical nature of what the Army does, applicants who have or are currently participating in some organized athletic program will be more competitive for a scholarship. Not only does participation in sports require a certain level of fitness, but sports enhances the qualities of team work and leadership that make our Army great. Our program has many athletes across numerous teams within the College, and we regularly participate in multiple intramurals under the Moccasin Battalion banner.

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ROTC at Florida Southern will enhance your college experience by providing training that will make you motivated, confident and ready to lead. You will develop confidence, self-esteem, motivation and leadership skills that you need regardless of your career plans. Whether you are a career military officer or a business executive, these skills will benefit you and put you on the fast track of life.

Life After College

Life After College

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the Active Army, Army National Guard, or the Army Reserves. You will attend the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) of your selected branch.

After BOLC, most Lieutenants become platoon leaders. A typical platoon has about 30 soldiers and will have about $5 million of equipment assigned to it. As the platoon leader, you are responsible for these soldiers and the maintenance and accountability of the equipment. It's a level of responsibility that most corporations will not entrust to a new college graduate. But with the training you receive in ROTC and your BOLC, you'll be ready for the challenge.

As you enter the army as a 2LT, you will receive salary as an O-1 with less than two years of service. Medical and dental coverage is free for you and at an extremely low rate for any dependents. You will get 30 days paid vacation, along with the chance to travel around the world. All of this is in addition to the leadership experience you will gain throughout your career.

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The Army defines Leadership as the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. - ADRP 6-22, Chapter1-1, Army Leadership

Cadre & Staff

The Moccasin Battalion has highly qualified and experienced professionals who ensure our Cadets are well trained to become Army officers and leaders in our government, businesses, and communities. This phenomenal team is committed to the success of our Cadets. We are focused. We train to standard, execute as a team, and are proud of who we are and what we represent – an outstanding Cadet battalion. GO MOCS!

Rocky Vaira

LTC Rocky Vaira
Professor of Military Science

Timothy Student

CPT Timothy Student
Assistant Professor of Military Science / MSII Instructor

MSG Charles Smith

MSG Charles Smith
Senior Military Instructor

Sammie Carithers

Sammie Carithers
Supply Technician

Mrs. Tonia Oldham

Mrs. Tonia Oldham
Human Resources Tech

Ms. Naara Tourgeman

Ms. Naara Tourgeman
Recruiting Operations Officer / MS I Instructor

Ms. Naara Tourgeman

Mr. Adrian Testani
Admin Assistant