The Reserve Officer Training Corps 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.
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
The Raider Battalion is the ROTC program at Shippensburg University. Located in the heart of the Shippensburg University campus, the Raider Battalion includes students from Shippensburg University, Wilson College, and Penn State Mont Alto. The program combines courses in military science with summer training opportunities to transform you into a U.S. Army officer.
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. 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.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps produces the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army. Officers in the Army are managers, problem-solvers, key influencers and planners who lead other Soldiers in all situations. A list of all officer careers and specialties follows:
- Army Judge Advocate General's Corps Attorney
- Financial Manager
- Air Defense Artillery Officer
- Armor Officer
- Engineer Officer
- Field Artillery Officer
- Infantry Officer
- Aviation Officer
- Military Police Officer
- Military Intelligence Officer
- Civil Affairs Officer
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Officer
- Psychological Operations Officer
- Signal Officer
- Veterinary Corps Officer
- Transportation Officer
- Nurse Corps Officer
- Dental Corps Officer
- Ordnance Officer
- Medical Service Corps Officer
- Quartermaster Officer
The average salary for military officers in PA is $52,000.
All ROTC students must complete a total of 120 credit hours in their chosen field of study. Students take 18 credits 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. Students who come into the program later and opt for the two-year program must attend a four-week leaders training course 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, and during the summer between junior and senior year, they attend a paid four-week training, Leader Development Assessment Course, at Fort Lewis, Washington.
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.