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.
Belmont 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 on this website 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 available.
- 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 this website 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; please visit this page 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 program.
Belmont Abbey College offers a variety of services and support for Veterans of the Armed Services.
- Please contact the Financial Aid office to process any awards through the G.I. Bill Program. The office is located in Stowe Hall and the number is 704-461-6718. You may also email Anne Stevens at email@example.com for specific questions.
- Advising, registration, and transcript evaluations are available through the Adult Degree Program (ADP). That office may be reached by calling 704-461-6666.
- Resources and support are available in the Office of Academic Assistance.
- Please visit this site to find out more on how a Marine veteran may earn a commission at Belmont Abbey College.
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 our Facebook page
- 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