Military Science is a program available to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their college or major. The Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program qualifies students for appointment as officers of the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Students (other than those with ROTC scholarships) attend the first two years of study without incurring any obligation to serve in the military. The regular course of study includes military science classes, which develop leadership, confidence, maturity, responsibility and dependability.
Army ROTC offers two programs: a four-year program and a two-year program, which includes additional summer training, for undergraduate or graduate students who did not previously participate in ROTC and have two years of college remaining. Those who complete either program earn a commission as an Army Second Lieutenant.
Students in the ROTC program may be granted credit for some military science courses, which can be used to fulfill general education degree requirements. ROTC courses are taken without charge.
Military Science is a course of study that is independent of an undergraduate's major or the school the student attends. The program teaches cadets the leadership skills and knowledge they will need to be commissioned as officers in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. There are two types of cadets: contracted and non-contracted. With respect to time, contracted cadets often treat ROTC participation like a part-time job. Contracted cadets receive a monthly stipend between $300 and $500 for 10 months of each year. Non-contracted cadets are typically freshmen and sophomores who are enrolled in the program to see if they like it, but have no obligation. The four components of the ROTC Program are: classroom instruction, leadership labs, field training exercises, and physical fitness training.
Classes introduce cadets to military customs, courtesies, and traditions plus military history and Army organization. Classes are held either one, two or three times a week.
Leadership labs provide a performance oriented learning environment in which cadets receive practical hands on training opportunities to apply subjects from the classroom to the field. Labs are designed and supervised by ROTC instructors and administered by senior Army ROTC cadets. Leadership labs are once a week and has a duration of an hour and 15 minutes.
Field Training Exercises
Field Training Exercises build on classroom and lab experience by offering cadets the opportunity to refine their leadership skills while leading small groups in a variety of situations and exercises. Cadets participate in one weekend field training exercise each semester. The activities vary each semester and are held at several locations throughout PA. Juniors attend a field training exercise at Camp Dawson WV in their spring smester. Field Training Exercises provide cadets with opportunities to train in teams, build their confidence, and test their skills in activities such as rappelling, land navigation, Situational Training Exercises, and on the Field Leadership Reaction Course. Contracted cadets are required to attend field-training exercises and non-contracted cadets are encouraged to attend. Most cadets look forward to participating in these events.
Physical Fitness Training
Physical training and health is an integral component of cadet development. It provides juniors and seniors with an opportunity to further develop their leadership and organizational skills by planning and administering a cadet fitness program that contributes to the overall well being of each cadet. Physical conditioning is assessed with a diagnostic physical fitness test. An Army Master Fitness Trainer provides individual mentoring. As an individual responsibility, cadets are expected to exercise at times convenient to their individual schedules.
Basic Enrollment Criteria
To enroll in the program you must fulfill the following criteria:
• Full-time student with at least two years until graduation
• Cumulative GPA above 2.0
• Good physical health
• Demonstrate leadership potential
• Be a US Citizen before contracting
Cadets must be commissioned before their 31st birthday. This may be extended one month for each month of prior active military service up to the age of 34. In exceptional cases, age may be waived up to age of 35. Some special situation waivers are possible.
Open to all freshmen and sophomore students without obligation. Three and four year scholarships of up to $20,000 per year are available to qualified Basic Course students, who then incur a mandatory service obligation. All Classroom instruction is supplemented with practical exercises, which place cadets in positions of progressively increasing responsibility.