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LTC Gregory Stephens
LTC Stephens

LTC Greg Stephens is a native of Cedar Hill, Mo.  Upon graduating from high school, he entered the United State Military Academy, West Point, New York in June 1989.  He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May of 1993 in the Armor Branch.

His previous assignments include: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (1994-1997); Headquarters Troop Commander, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division (1998-2000); AC/RC Cavalry Observor/Controller Chief, Fort Drum, New York (2000-2001); Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Instructor, West Point, New York (2003-2006); Brigade Assistant Operations Officer, 4th  Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division (2006-2007); Operations and Executive Officer, 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division (2007-2009); Brigade Operations and Executive Officer Forward, 4BCT, 82d Airborne Division (2009-2010); Assistant Brigade Operations Officer, 4th Brigade ROTC, Fort Bragg, NC (2010-2011); Professor of Military Science, Carson Newman College/Lincoln Memorial University, Tennessee (2011-Present).
LTC Stephens deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom VIII (RC-East) from 2007 to 2008 and OEF X (RC-West) from 2009 to 2010.

LTC Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.  His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Engineer Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal.  His badges and tabs include the Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.


To inquire about this program:
Scott Bryant | 865.471.3380 |
LTC Gregory K. Stephens | 865.471.3384 |


  • An opportunity to gain a commission while going to college and serve in a Reserve Component Unit (i.e. the US Army Reserve or the National Guard). This will help you to gain leadership, practical experience, friends, etc.
  • $350/$450/$500 per month ROTC stipend plus drill pay as an E-5 one weekend a month ($265.80)
  • Annual training (2 weeks in the summer which equals $930.30) and Advanced Camp pay (29 days in the summer before your senior which equals $788.00)
  • Montgomery GI Bill (which totals $11,844) and tuition assistance (which totals $4500 a calendar year) (Only soldiers who went to basic training qualify for the G.I. Bill)
  • Along with drill pay, stipend, and the G.I. Bill, you will receive the G.I. Kicker Bill which totals $350.00 a month.
  • An opportunity to win a two-year or three-year GRFD scholarship
  • A future as an officer in the Reserve Forces Component (Reserves or National Guard)
  • An opportunity for volunteer training in Airborne, Air Assault, and Northern or Mountain Warfare Training


To be eligible, you must:
  • Be enrolled in ROTC with no more than six semesters remaining and no less than four semesters remaining.
  • Be a non-scholarship cadet, a recipient of the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) 2-year scholarship, or recipient of a dedicated Army National Guard scholarship.
  • Be an academic sophomore. (Only for National Guard Soldiers, Reserve Soldiers have to be academic juniors.)
  • Be physically qualified.
  • Be under 30 years of age when commissioned (waiverable through age 39).
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 grade scale.
  • Be a full time student.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
*Note: If you have successfully completed the MS I and MS II years (Basic Course), you are not required to complete Basic Training as an SMP cadet
Military Science courses are open to all students. However, to enroll in advanced ROTC courses which lead to a commission as a Second Lieutenant, a student must meet US Army administrative, physical, medical and mental standards and be accepted by the Professor of Military Science.