Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
The Reserve Officer Training Corps produces the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army.
The ROTC is an academic program offering college students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they pursue their education in one of the university's major fields of study. Basic military skills are taught throughout the curriculum. All activities, including developmental counseling, are designed to build self-confidence and character.
Upon completion of the ROTC program, Ship graduates are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army and may serve on active duty or in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Officers are managers within the Army. There are numerous career fields open to graduates who complete the ROTC program. Most newly commissioned Second Lieutenants begin their careers as the leader of a platoon consisting of approximately 30 enlisted soldiers.
Scholarships are available to those who qualify. As a high school junior and senior you may apply for a four-year scholarship. As an incoming freshman, you may apply for a three-year scholarship. Qualified sophomores may apply for a two-year scholarship. Scholarships pay for tuition, fees, and a book allowance each semester. You will also be eligible to receive a stipend of up to $5,000 per year. In addition, the Pennsylvania National Guard offers an Educational Assistance Program that pays full tuition for qualified individuals.
During the senior year of college, ROTC students are reviewed for accession into the U.S. Army. After acceptance, cadets are awarded a Reserve Commission and incur an obligation. Part or all of this obligation may be served in the National Guard or the Army Reserve, with weekend duty once a month and a two-week commitment in the summer. An officer from the Reserve Component is assigned to Shippensburg University to help you find a unit near your residence. There are also opportunities for contracted cadets to attend U.S. Army schools such as Airborne, Air Assault, and Mountain Warfare.
ROTC students of all levels are invited to attend other events throughout their course of study:
- Field training exercises
- Physical training
- Ranger Challenge competition
- Social affairs
- 10K and 10 mile races
All ROTC students must complete a total of 120 credit hours in their chosen field of study. Students take 18 credit hours of Military Science courses and can participate in a two to four year program:
- General Education Courses: All undergraduate students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
- Basic Program: Students who opt for the four-year program will take a series of Military Science courses in the first two years of the program (MIL131/132 and 231/232). Students who come into the program later and opt for the two-year program must attend a four-week leaders training course (LTC, MIL240) held during the summer between sophomore and junior year of college. This paid practicum is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
- Advanced Program: Taken during the final two terms of college, students complete additional Military Science courses (MIL331/332 and 350/351), and during the summer between junior and senior year, they attend a paid four-week training, Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC), at Fort Lewis, Washington.
For more details call the Department of Military Science at 717-477-1896.