America's armed forces enjoy a long and deeply respectful connection to nurses and nursing as a profession. ROTC graduates enhance their classroom and clinical training with a range of leadership skills, critical to care in the field and at home.
University of the Incarnate Word, in conjunction with the Armed Forces of the United States, is proud to participate in several collaborative programs with the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Through these agreements, students may earn credit and additional scholarship opportunities while serving their country. For more information about specific programs, please select a link to the left.
UIW Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.)
The Army maintains a senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Mary's University. UIW students interested in participating in Army ROTC may do so through the cross-enrollment agreement between St. Mary's and UIW. Four-year and two-year programs are available to eligible students.
Military Science classes are held at both St. Mary's University and the University of the Incarnate Word. Classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and all military science classes include a leadership lab requirement. The leadership lab is a two-hour course taught every Wednesday from 2-4 P.M, and the labs are generally held at the St. Mary's University campus. The leadership lab is intended to supplement classroom instruction and focuses on development of individual leadership skills through field training, practical exercises, and visits to military installations.
The Basic Course, usually pursued during the freshman and sophomore years, is voluntary for students who are physically qualified for military training. There is no obligation incurred unless the student accepts an ROTC scholarship. Veterans who have completed Army basic training (or sister service equivalent) and who have received an honorable discharge, or high school students who have completed three or four years of high school JROTC may be granted credit for the basic course with approval of the St. Mary's Professor of Military Science.
The Advanced Course may be pursued by students who are physically and academically qualified. Cadets are normally enrolled in the Advanced Course during their junior and senior year or during graduate school. Students are required to attend a five-week ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) the summer following the junior year. Upon satisfactory completion of LDAC and the academic work required for a degree, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Army, the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.
Two-Year Program - Advance Course
In addition to the standard four-year course outlined above, the St. Mary's University Military Science Department offers a two-year program for those who did not complete the Basic Course. In order to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must successfully complete four weeks of leadership training provided at the Leadership Training Course (LTC) during the summer months prior to beginning the junior year or the first year of graduate school. If students desire to take advantage of this opportunity, they should communicate directly with the St. Mary's University enrollment officer no later than March 1 of the year preceding the last two years of college. Those students seeking a master's degree or a law degree are eligible to participate in the two-year program.
Scholarship and Remuneration
The Army offers four, three, and two year competitive scholarships. This assistance consists of payment up to $25,000 per year to cover tuition and fees, a $1,200 per year book stipend, and a monthly stipend of $350 to $500 per month. Additionally, students are paid for all required summer training. The student need NOT be enrolled in the ROTC program to apply for a scholarship. Students interested in competing for scholarship assistance should contact the UIW Army ROTC enrollment officer at 210-832-3210.
ARMY Nurse Corps
As a ROTC nursing student, you'll be able to combine college electives in military science, and an invaluable summer clinical experience, with your regular nursing program. You will develop your professional and leadership skills while learning about yourself and what you can accomplish. Check here for additional information; Army ROTC for Nursing Students
Uniform and Equipment
All uniforms, textbooks and other equipment will be issued, free of charge, to students enrolled in Army ROTC courses.
The UIW Army ROTC office is located on the 1st floor of the UIW Nursing Building in Room 146. The telephone number is 210-832-3210 or you can reach the St. Mary's University enrollment officer at 210-436-3415.Click here for additional information
What is Army R.O.T.C.?
Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, combines courses in military science with summer training opportunities focused on transforming college students into the Army leaders of tomorrow as commissioned officers. The classes are available at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Freshman and Sophomore Years:
During the Freshman and Sophomore years of college, cadets tackle the Basic Course, which includes topics like Army Values, first aid, basic land navigation, time management, goal setting, and military customs and courtesies. There is a constant emphasis on leadership development and Cadets begin their initial introduction to military tactics – the vehicle that is used to assess their leadership growth and potential. Through these two first years, cadets typically take these classes as electives and do not have to make a commitment to serve in the Army.
Junior and Senior Years
During the final two years of ROTC, called the Advanced Course, cadets continue to refine their abilities to lead at the squad and platoon level. They learn about Army Leader Ethics, the Army Profession, advanced land navigation skills, and participate in labs that continue to facilitate their leadership development. During the Advanced Course, Cadets will not only lead teams through tactical
situations, they begin to teach, coach, and mentor other Cadets on how to accomplish those tasks. The Advanced Course is the first point at which most cadets must make a commitment to serve.
For students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of college, a compressed version of the Basic Course is available each summer. This 29-day training session, called Basic Camp, gives students a condensed version of the subjects normally taught on campus during the first two years of ROTC.
The reward for all the hard work comes on graduation day — when cadets leave their alma mater as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Many of these newly commissioned officers will immediately begin service in the Army. Others, will fulfill their military obligation as citizen-soldiers, through service in the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve.
Visit the official Army ROTC web page for further information.
About Army R.O.T.C.
What We Offer
UIW Army ROTC presents students with the opportunity to learn and grow in a variety of ways. The program of instruction challenges each cadet in the battalion in both indoor and outdoor settings; cadets participate in classroom instruction while also engaging in world class physical fitness training, land navigation, marksmanship, rappelling, and other military activities. Cadets learn management and leadership skills not available in other University programs. They are also allowed the opportunity to participate in a broad spectrum of internships around the world and to attend Airborne and Air Assault training.
Army ROTC experience contributes to a variety of job skills applicable to any profession, career or job, while instilling in each cadet a sense of confidence, discipline, and personal responsibility. Moreover, each cadet gains the satisfaction of being part of a select group of great Americans dedicated to American values and service to the nation.
Military Science Minor (not available at UIW)
While ROTC is a college program focused on developing tomorrow's leaders, it is not an academic major. ROTC Cadets major in all fields of study from Astrophysics and Exercise Sports Science to Criminology and Biology. At St. Mary's University, the Cadets are also offered the option of pursuing an academic minor in Military Science. Due to the commitment that students make and the time involved with ROTC, this is a well-deserved opportunity for Cadets to capitalize on the benefit of being recognized for their applied leadership experience gained through the ROTC program.
Learn more about the Military Science minor.
To Commission as an Army Officer
There are many routes you can take to commission as a second lieutenant through Army ROTC. You can enter our program as a freshman, sophomore, or once you have at least two years remaining at UIW as an undergraduate or graduate student.
For Enlisted Soldiers
For those who are currently serving in the National Guard or Army Reserves as enlisted soldiers and wish to become officers, we also have the Simultaneous Membership Program.
The Cardinal Company
UIW Army ROTC is a great place to start either for a few years or a full career in uniform, but whatever you do, Army ROTC will teach you leadership excellence for a lifetime.
Although ROTC is a military oriented program, the value of its training is recognized by business leaders. Studies have shown that ROTC graduates have a definite advantage when seeking employment in the civilian sector of the economy.
Active Duty Soldier Information
Green to Gold
The Green to Gold Active Duty option program provides eligible, active duty enlisted soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree or a two-year graduate degree and earn a commission as an Army Officer. The deadline for submission of Green to Gold ADO and Scholarship Applications will be determined upon opening of the application window. Learn more about the Green to Gold Active-Duty Option Program.
For more info, contact:
ROTC Enrollment Officer
Guard and Reserve Soldier Information
Simultaneous Membership Program
The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows you to participate in ROTC and enlist in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve at the same time, provided a vacancy exists in either a Guard or Reserve unit. While you're still in college, you can be gaining valuable experience and earning extra income.
You'll serve as an officer trainee in a Guard and Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of second lieutenant. Once you graduate and are commissioned, you may continue your military service with your unit or apply for active duty.
The SMP is a volunteer officer training program that allows Army National Guard and Army Reserve enlisted members to also participate in the Advanced ROTC Program. Upon completion of Basic Training, a Reserve Component Soldier who is an academic junior, can join the Advanced ROTC program and earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army while completing their college degree. In addition, contracted non-scholarship cadets and Reserve Forces Duty (RFD) scholarship cadets can join a Reserve Component unit and the SMP. The intent of the SMP is to increase officer accessions into the Reserve Components (RC) by increasing ROTC enrollment from enlisted RC members who are attending college.
The SMP Provides:
- Future Reserve and Active Duty officers
- A Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) option
- An opportunity for Guard and Reserve units to select future Reserve officers
- ROTC cadets who can assume officer responsibilities while serving in Reserve Component units
What is SMP to the Individual?
- An opportunity to gain a commission while going to college and to serve in a Reserve Component Unit
- Hands-on management and leadership training
- A ROTC stipend plus E-5 pay while at drill
- Annual Training and LDAC pay
- Montgomery GI Bill and Tuition Assistance
- An opportunity to win a two-year RFD scholarship
- A future as an officer on Active Duty or Reserve Duty
- Opportunity for volunteer training in Airborne, Air Assault, Northern or Mountain Warfare Training
Who is Eligible?
- Has completed Basic Training or equivalent
- Has junior standing at his/her school
- Is physically qualified
- Is under 30 years of age when commissioned (waiverable through age 34)
- Nursing students have to be less than 41 by December 31st of your graduation year
- Has a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grade scale
- Has four years left on current military obligation
- Is a full time student
- U.S. citizen.
What is the Commitment Upon Commissioning?
Upon completion of the ROTC program, the officer has an eight-year obligation which can be served in the Reserve Forces, on Active Duty, or a combination of the two.
ROTC Operations Officer
The History of Army R.O.T.C.
The St. Mary's University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program, established in 1932, has commissioned 1,591 officers (as of December 2014) for our Army.
Prior to the National Defense Act of 1916, military training occurred primarily at land grant institutions established by the Morrill Act of 1862. The Morrill Act stipulated that each land-grant institution would provide instruction in military tactics as part of its engineering and agriculture curriculum. When the Civil War ended in 1865, the benefits of the Morrill Act were extended to former Confederate States of America, including Texas, thus allowing for the creation of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now Texas A&M University, in 1876. From 1876 until World War I, formal military instruction was generally only available at the major state-funded institutions of Texas (Texas A&M and the University of Texas), and even at those schools, it was not formalized under U.S. Army control until 1916.
The National Defense Act of 1916 formalized the establishment of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at civilian colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Immediately following the NDA and in the feverish effort to produce men and materiel for the war effort in Europe, the War Department selected 28 Texas colleges and universities to participate in the Students Army Training Corps (SATC) program. Approved by Congress on Aug. 31, 1918, the SATC program was an agreement between the U.S. Department of War and American educators to prevent the U.S. Department of War's conscription efforts from further depleting the number of 18-year-old males entering universities in the fall of 1918. The only SATC program available in San Antonio was at the West Texas Military Academy, the predecessor to the Texas Military Institute. The SATC program was short-lived and disbanded upon signing of the armistice that ended World War I. The SATC program was again replaced with ROTC, yet formal college-level military instruction would not be available in San Antonio for another 14 years.
In 1932, St. Mary's University established a “Section 55-c unit” of ROTC. The National Defense Act of 1916, as amended in 1921, allowed the Secretary of War (predecessor to the Secretary of the Army) to support military instruction at civilian colleges and universities where no formal ROTC unit existed. Though these “55-c units” were not formal ROTC programs, they were still supported by the U.S. Department of War with detailed officers, enlisted soldiers, and equipment to conduct proper military training. The U.S. Army detailed 1st Lt. William E. Cox to serve as the first professor of military science and tactics at St. Mary's. The 55-c unit was formally dedicated on March 20, 1932 on the University's baseball field and commissioned its first reserve officer, A. Ransome Marlowe, on Dec. 5, 1932. Between 1932 and 1942, St. Mary's commissioned just 39 officers. One of these graduates, Cadet Joseph J. Cody Jr., class of 1941, would become the first St. Mary's University Army ROTC graduate to achieve the rank of general officer and another, Cadet Rodolfo Vargas, class of 1942, would be the first graduate killed in WWII.
Due to World War II, the St. Mary's University Army ROTC program was closed in 1942, but many St. Mary's graduates, both former cadets and civilian students, served in World War II. In 1947, the Marianist Brothers of St. Mary's petitioned the U.S. Army for the formation of a formal Army ROTC program to “educate the whole man. The totality of this intellectual goal demands that we treat with man's many needs: the practical as well as the theoretical, the worldly as well as the spiritual, the body as well as the mind. Mens sana in corpore sano.”*
On April 25, 1947, the ROTC program was re-established as a Field Artillery program by General Order #91 under the Professor of Military Science, Col. Bryan Milburn. From its reopening, St. Mary's required all male students to participate in ROTC instruction for their first two years of school. Since the GI Bill made college attendance feasible for returning veterans, the student population of St. Mary's, and thus the ROTC program, grew.
During the Vietnam War, students resisted the requirement to join ROTC and petitioned the University leadership to reduce the requirement. On May 5, 1969, the President of St. Mary's University, Rev. Louis J. Blume, reduced the ROTC requirement for male students to one year beginning in fall 1969. In 1971, he eliminated the requirement altogether and ROTC enrollment dropped to its lowest levels since 1942.
In the fall of 1972, the U.S. Congress opened all ROTC programs to female students. Since female cadets could not commission into the Field Artillery at the time, the St. Mary's ROTC program began offering the General Military Science program in 1975 in order to commission officers, including females, into branches other than Field Artillery. The first female cadet battalion commander in the nation was Cadet Karen Pospisil, the St. Mary's University Battalion Commander in 1976.
In addition to enrolling females, St. Mary's Army ROTC grew with the establishment of a cross-enrollment agreement with the University of Texas at San Antonio on May 20, 1975. As the UTSA program grew, it achieved Extension Center status on Nov. 13, 1979, and it remained a part of the St. Mary's program until Jun. 14, 1982 when it earned Host Program status. From 1982 to 1991, there were three ROTC host programs in San Antonio — St. Mary's, UTSA, and Trinity University.
With the downsizing of the military following the Gulf War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Army decided to close 50 ROTC programs nationwide, including the program at Trinity University, in 1991. With the Trinity program's closure, St. Mary's University established ROTC cross-enrollment agreements with both Trinity University and the University of the Incarnate Word, so that those students could continue to pursue army officer commissions through St. Mary's.
In 2009, St. Mary's established a cross-enrollment agreement with the newly formed Texas A&M University at San Antonio (TAMU-SA). St. Mary's commissioned six officers through TAMU-SA between 2009 and 2014. On Aug. 28, 2014, the TAMU-SA ROTC program became part of the UTSA ROTC program.
Today, the St. Mary's University Army ROTC program enrolls cadets from affiliate programs at St. Philip's College, Trinity University, and Our Lady of the Lake University, a partner program at the University of the Incarnate Word, and the host program at St. Mary's University.
Special Teams/ Specialty Schools
To become part of the Rattler Ranger Challenge team, cadets undergo a rigorous training and selection process. This process ends with the selection of the RC team and a semester-long training evolution to prepare for the regional, brigade, and national competition.
“26 MILES OF HIGH DESERT, 26 MILES OF PURE PERSEVERANCE”
Bataan is a memorial march in honor of the heroes who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II. It is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range.
Every fall, the Cardinal Company participates in the Army Ten Miler Race in Washington D.C. The race runs around some of our nation's most famous monuments.
The U.S. Army Airborne School, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is available to cadets that are enrolled in the program. The course is three weeks long, consisting of a ground week and jump week. With each week comes different types of training designed to teach you how to parachute out of airplanes and helicopters. It is an exciting, nonstop course that will push you to the limit.
Air Assault Training
Air Assault training is available at different Army posts across the country. It is a 10- to 12-day course consisting of physical training, sling load training, rappelling, and a 12-mile timed road march in full combat gear. This is a tough course that will exhaust you both physically and mentally, but in the long run it will be worth everything you put into it!
Northern Warfare Training
Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC) – Filling the need for special arctic warfare training is the United States Army's NWTC. An exclusive school that provides training in arctic survival, navigation of land and waterways, military skiing, mountaineering and river crossing operations. The school trains not only active duty soldiers but soldiers from other services, reserve soldiers, ROTC, West Point cadets and allied military soldiers. Emphasis during the summer is placed on mountain warfare while the winter months are used to train soldiers on how to adapt to living in the field, clothing use and maintenance, as well as snowshoeing and military skiing. NWTC is also the home of the Army Mountaineering Team. Each year the team joins soldiers from allied countries to attempt a multinational friendship climb up Mount McKinley.
Mountain Warfare Training
Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course conducted at the Ethan Allen Firing Range at Jericho, Vt. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. Its mission is to develop and conduct resident mountain warfare training under both summer and winter conditions. The mountain warfare course develops the leadership and technical skills of Army personnel by requiring them to perform mountaineering tasks in a realistic tactical mountain environment. It provides the student with the practical hands-on experience in the application of tactics and techniques needed for mountain operations.
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
CTLT increases each cadet's leadership experience. Each cadet is assigned to a platoon leader position and given an opportunity to lead soldiers. It familiarizes cadets with the command, training, administration and logistical functions of active duty units. It also exposes cadets to the on-duty and off-duty environment of the junior officer.
SFC Brandon A. Brungardt
Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Brungardt’s military and civilian education includes Airborne School, Air Assault School, Squad Designated Marksmanship Course, Combatives level 1, Combatives level 2, Master Fitness Trainer, Unit Movement Officer Course, the Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, and the Drill Sergeant Course. Sergeant First Class Brungardt has currently completed 62 semester hours towards his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management.
Sergeant First Class Brungardt’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (7th award), Good Conduct Medal (4th award) National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two bronze service stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (two bronze service stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
MAJ James R. Ferguson
Assistant Professor of Military Science
MAJ James Ferguson is a 13A Field Artillery Officer. He is originally from Queen Creek, Arizona and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Grantham University in Kansas City in 2007.
MAJ Ferguson enlisted in the U.S. Army on 07 February 1996. During his enlisted time he served at 5th Corps, 3 Corps, and 101st Airborne Division, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class (P). During his enlisted time, MAJ Ferguson deployed four times (Bosnia IFOR, Bosnia SFOR, Kuwait, OIF IV) where he conducted full spectrum artillery operations and Counterinsurgency operations.
MAJ Ferguson attended the Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to the Military Intelligence Branch on 27 March 2008. His first officer assignment was with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne D.
LTC Tex William Soto
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Tex William Soto was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) upon graduation from the University of Puerto Rico- Aguadilla Campus in 2002, an entered active duty.
His military education includes Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course (CLC3) and the Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with emphasis in Mental Health.
His previous assignments include: Fort Bliss, Texas- 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade where he served as Brigade Transportation Officer, 518th Maintenance Company Executive Officer and 1-1 Air Defense Artillery Battalion S4; Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom)- Military Transition Team Logistics Advisor (MiTT); Fort Sam Houston, Texas- US Army South G4 Current Operations Officer & Munitions Branch Chief; Fort Bliss, Texas- HHC 501st Brigade Support Battalion Company Commander & 2-29 Field Artillery Battalion Rear Detachment Commander; Fort Dix, NJ- 2-309th Training Support Battalion & 1-315th Brigade Support Battalion Executive Officer; Fort Bragg, NC- 406th Army Field Support Brigade Logistics Support Team Chief. (Forward- Operation Inherent Resolve) and 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command- Transportation Branch Chief and Materiel Management Branch Chief. Currently serving as Professor of Military Science in San Antonio, Texas.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge. Lieutenant Colonel Soto is married to the former Ivelisse Ramos Mendez of Aguadilla, PR and they have two children, Dylan (13) and Milanis (4).
MAJ Bradley W. Glosser
Executive Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science
MAJ Bradley W. Glosser is a 35D Military Intelligence Officer. He is originally from Pacifica, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1999.
MAJ Glosser enlisted in the U.S. Army on 15 February 2000. During his enlisted time he served at the Defense Language Institute, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his enlisted time, MAJ Glosser deployed four times (OEF III, OIF I, OEF VI, and OEF VIII) where he conducted full spectrum human intelligence (HUMINT) operations.
MAJ Glosser attended the Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant to the Military Intelligence Branch on 11 January 2008. His first officer assignment was with the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Katterbach, Germany, where he served as the brigade assistant S-2 and deployed to Iraq in support of OIF 09-11. In 2012 CPT Glosser attended the MI Captain Career Course (MICCC) and the HUMINT Officer Course at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, where he was awarded a secondary MOS as a 35F - HUMINT Officer. From SEP 2012 to SEP 2013, he was assigned as the S-2 for the 94th Military Police Battalion, USAG Humphreys, Republic of Korea. In September 2013, MAJ Glosser arrived to US ARNORTH, Fort Sam Houston where he served in G2 Plans from September 2013 to February 2014, Operations Company Commander from February 2014 to January 2015, and Headquarters Support Company Commander from February 2015 to June 2016. From July 2016 to June 2018, he returned to the Republic of Korea where he served as a Targeting Officer for the Combined Joint Fires Element, United States Forces Korea. MAJ Glosser is currently the Executive Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.
MAJ Glosser's awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (gold), Parachutist Badge.
MAJ Glosser is married to the former Andrea Dixon of Atlanta, Georgia. MAJ Glosser and Andrea are extremely proud parents of their talented twins Theone (10) and Maximus (10), and their joyful 9 month old Jaxon.
MSG Jason C. Ramirez
Senior Military Instructor
MSG Jason C. Ramirez I was born on October 18th, 1980, in Tarzana California. He graduated High School from Palmdale high in July of 1999.
He enlisted in to the U.S. Army on April 27th, 2000, and completed Basic training and Advanced Individual training at Fort Sill Oklahoma.
His previous assignment positions and deployments include, B Battery 1st Battalion 21st FA Fort Hood Texas, assigned as an MLRS Gunner. Bravo Battery 3rd Battalion 13th FAR assigned as a section chief and deployed during OIF 3 with Bravo Battery from 2005-2006 as a convoy security. Then he was deployed with Alpha Battery 3-13 FAR from 2008-2009 as 3lE and 3lB as Military Police section chief for detainee operation at Camp Bucca Iraq. He was then assigned 2nd Battalion 20th FA assigned as Platoon Sergeant for an MLRS Platoon, from 2009-2012, he PCS'd and was then assigned to 17th Fires Brigade were he served as the Brigade Master Gunner from 2012-2015. MSG Ramirez PCS's to Fort Sill Oklahoma, where he was assigned as the HHB 2nd Battalion 20th Field Artillery First Sergeant from 2015-2018. MSG Ramirez is currently serving as the Senior Military Instructor for St. Mary's University in San Antonio Texas.
His Military Schools include; Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Battle Staff, Digital Master Gunners Course, Sexual Harassment Assault Response Program Course, Field Artillery Master Gunner, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Combative Level 1, Commanders First Sergeants course, Army Basic Instructors course, Technical Transportation of Hazard Material, and Combat Life Savers Course
MSG Ramirez, is married to the former Michelle Nicole McCain of Des Moines city, Iowa. They have one daughter, Isabelle Marie Ramirez (2).
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal 5, Army Achievement Medal 6, Army Good Conduct Medal 6, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Three Silver Stars, Global War on Terrorism, Global War Expeditionary Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Number 3, Army Service Medal, Overseas Medal 3, and Combat Action Badge.
MSG Ramirez is also the recipient of the Prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Medallion, and also the Order of Saint Barbara Award.
SFC Lucas Eggert
Sergeant First Class Lucas W. Eggert enlisted in the Army in 1999 and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as an 11B (Infantryman) at Fort Benning, Georgia. His initial assignment was to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a squad automatic gunner, Bradley driver and gunner. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant during a deployment to Kuwait where he served as a team leader. In 2003 he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was then reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Schweinfurt, Germany, where he deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and served as a rifle and weapons squad leader from 2004 to 2007. Sergeant First Class Eggert deployed again in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007. Upon completing his tour in Germany, he was reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as new equipment training instructor and was later promoted to sergeant first class. In June of 2010, he was reassigned back to Germany to serve with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a combat advisor during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2012. Upon redeployment he was reassigned to 3rd Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as a platoon sergeant in Ironhawk Troop from 2012 to 2015. Sergeant First Class Eggert again deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute support from 2015 to 2016. Upon redeployment he was selected to serve as a Senior Drill Sergeant at Fort Sill, OK with the 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery Regiment from 2016 to 2018. After completing this assignment he was then assigned as a Military Science Instructor at St. Mary's University.
Sergeant First Class Eggert's military and civilian education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, the Bradley Master Gunner Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, the Security Forces Assistance Brigade Stability Transition Team Course, and the Drill Sergeant Course. Sergeant First Class Eggert has currently completed 93 semester hours towards his Bachelor's degree in Homeland Security.
Sergeant First Class Eggert's awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (7th award), Good Conduct Medal (6th award) National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (four bronze service stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (four bronze service stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award), NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
CIV Chez Varela
Assistant Professor of Military Science/Recruiting Operations Officer
(210) 436-3011, ext. 1517
After service as an Air Force Space Command Communications Noncommissioned Officer, Retired Air Force Captain Augustine Varela Jr. entered the Reserve Officer Training Corps at University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was commissioned in 1990 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Varela is a graduate of the Signal Corps Officer's Basic Course, Signal Corps Advance Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School (CAS3), Commander's Course and the Observer/Controller Trainer (OC/T) Course.
His military assignments include Cable Platoon Leader in Desert Storm/Desert Shield; Tactical Satellite Platoon Leader; Company Executive Officer; G6 Telecommunication Staff Officer for the 22nd Signal Brigade, V Corps; S6, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion,
Fort Gordon, Georgia; Allied Military Intelligence Battalion, NATO Headquarters, Sarajevo, Bosnia; Company Commander, Charlie Company, 447th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Active Component / Reserve Component (AC/RC) Operations Officer, 75th Training Support Division, Houston; and Chief, J6 Operations, Exercise, and Training Branch for NATO Joint Headquarters, Madrid, Spain. He is currently the Recruiting Operations Officer for St. Mary's University.
His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (Three Campaign Stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Air Force NCO Leadership Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, Southeast Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Kuwait LiberationMedal.
Varela resides in San Antonio and has one daughter, Augustina.
CIV James Roybal
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Office: NB #146
James “Jaime” Roybal is an Assistant Professor of Military Science and the Operations Officer at University of the Incarnate Word. He serves as an instructor and the chief liaison between UIW and the host school St. Mary's University ROTC Program.
He retired in 2014 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Transportation Corp. Throughout his career he served as a truck platoon leader, Company Commander (2x), Watercraft Operations Officer, S-3 Support Ops Officer, Assistant S-3, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Logistics Readiness Chief, Corp Trans Officer, G-4 Chief of Transportation, and Public Affairs Officer. His service included assignments in the Middle East, the Balkans, Europe, South and Central America, and numerous CONUS assignments.
Transportation Officers Basic Course, USALMC HAZMAT Course, DINFOS Public Affair Advance Course, Ordnance Officer Advance Course, Company Level Pre-Command Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Intermediate Level Education (ILE/CGSC), Joint Operations Planning and Execution Systems (JOPES, Transportation Coordinators Automated Information System (TCAIMS), Air Loading Palletized System (ALPS)
Following his retirement, he began working SROTC as a contractor at the University of Texas San Antonio, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and St. Mary's University. He then ventured to JROTC and served as the Senior Army Instructor at Carrizo Springs High School and McCollum High School in San Antonio, Tx until his recent return to St. Mary's University.
He is originally from Pecos, NM and received his education at New Mexico Highlands University. Roybal and his wife Hilda have 7 children Mr. Roybal enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Ms. Lynette McDuffie
Human Resources Assistant
Ms. McDuffie was born in St. Louis, MO. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy Delayed Entry Program, she reported to Basic Training at Recruit Training Center, Orlando, FL in Aug 1990. Upon graduation, she attended Signalman “A” School also in Orlando, FL. In May 1999, Ms. McDuffie attended Legalman “A” School and became a Navy Paralegal after 9 weeks of training. She has served in multiple duty stations to include Pearl Harbor, HI, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL, and Manama BAHRAIN. She also served onboard four ships to include the USS SAFEGUARD (ARS 50), USS ACADIA (AD 42), USS CAPE COD (AD 43), and USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6).
Ms. McDuffie reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 2007 and ultimately retired from Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, Norfolk, VA in 2013. Ms. McDuffie and her husband moved to San Antonio, TX upon her husband's retirement after 30 years of service, in 2016. Prior to her current position, Ms. McDuffie worked for the Department of the Air Force at Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLI) as an Administrative Assistant. Ms. McDuffie began her duties at St. Mary's University San Antonio as the Human Resource Assistant on 16 Apr 2018. Ms. McDuffie has a BS in Paralegal Studies and MA in Human Resources Development.
Ms. McDuffie resides in San Antonio with her husband Anthony, three of their 14 grandchildren, and their dog Koko. The family has eight children and 14 grandchildren. Ms. McDuffie loves to read and travel. She also loves to assist young people with career goals.
Mr. Frederick Nash
Human Resources Assistant
Frederick Nash was born and raised in Colfax, LA on January 9th 1971 and graduated from Montgomery High School in May of 1990.
Following in his family's footsteps. He enlisted into the U.S. Army on October 31st 1990, as an (11M) Mechanized Infantry Soldier and completed Basic training and Advanced Individual training at Fort Benning Georgia. “Home of the Infantry”
His previous assignment positions and deployments include, 5th Battalion 15th Infantry Regiment Schweinfurt Germany; 1st Battalion 5th Calvary Regiment Fort Hood, TX; 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment Schweinfurt Germany; with deployments to Bosnia, Macedonia, and Kosovo; 1st Battalion 15th Infantry Regiment Fort Benning GA; 2nd Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment South Korea (Camp Casey); Noncommissioned Officer Academy Fort Benning, GA (Primary Leadership Development Course); 2nd Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment Fort Benning, GA (Infantry Officer Basic Course); Operation Group National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA (Scorpion Team); 1st Battalion 37th Armor Regiment Fort Bliss, TX with deployments to Iraq; 3rd Battalion 41st Infantry Regiment Fort Bliss, TX; San Diego State University San Diego, CA (Senior Military Science Instructor).
Mr. Nash has held numerous positions ranging from Rifleman, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Company First Sergeant. He is currently serving as the Human Resource Assistant for St. Mary's University and University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas.
His Military Schools include; Combat Life Savers Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Senior Instructor/Writer Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Combative Level 1 Course, Senior Military Science Instructor Course, and First Sergeants Course.
Mr. Nash, is married to the former Bridgett Williams of Colfax, Louisiana. They have three sons, Brandon (21), Caleb (12), and Cameron (12).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (6), Army Good Conduct Medal (8), National Defense Service Medal with 1 star, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), and the Expert Infantry Badge.
ScholarshipFor scholarship information visit GoArmy.com
Cross Enrollment Program
Through cross-enrollment agreements students in the following San Antonio Area Colleges and Universities can participate fully in the St. Mary’s ROTC program:
- University of the Incarnate Word
- Our Lady of the Lake University
- Trinity University
- St. Phillip’s College
- San Antonio College
These cross-enrollment agreements allow the benefits of the ROTC curriculum and scholarship opportunities to be extended to students of these institutions.
Students from colleges that are members of the Alamo Colleges system generally may take an introductory ROTC course free of charge. These students are also encouraged to seek ROTC scholarships as an additional way to afford tuition in one of the San Antonio universities offering ROTC through St. Mary’s University.
Airborne/Air Assault/Mountain Warfare/Scuba School and Additional Training