Lock Haven ROTC

In the world today, there is no greater challenge than providing effective leadership in a dynamic and unfamiliar environment. It is one thing to learn the art of leadership in a classroom, but to lead in dynamic and stressful environments is a challenge that cannot be found anywhere else. In the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), you will learn the skills necessary to become a leader in the United States Army while you pursue your education at Lock Haven. ROTC provides the opportunity for "traditional" college students, prior service military personnel, Army reservists,  National Guardsmen, and even graduate students to earn a commission at the rank of Second Lieutenant.  The insignia of Second Lieutenant, a gold bar, signifies a leader and officer in the United States Army, one of the most respected professions in The United States.

One may think of ROTC as simply a series of college classes beginning with 100 level classes and ending with 400 level classes. Generally, incoming freshman (termed MS Is) with no prior military experience, enter the program by taking Introduction to Military Science (MILS 104 and 105). Assuming normal academic progression, the student enters their MS II year as an academic sophomore, MS III as an academic junior, and MS IV as an academic senior. The MS I and MS II students are introduced to the Army Culture and principles therein, such as uniform wear, drill and ceremonies, basic land navigation skills, and rifle marksmanship. The MS IIIs, however, are found in local training environments learning and applying small unit infantry tactics, refining land navigation skills and, most importantly, practicing leadership--the foundation of Army ROTC.

Cadets in their MS III year are the focal point of the program as more time and resources are dedicated to these students. This is because the summers of their MS III years cadets participate in the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), a thirty-three-day-long course conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington. Completing LDAC is the pinnacle of an ROTC career and puts the cadet closer to the ultimate goal—a commission. While at LDAC, cadets receive assessments based on their leadership performance which, to some degree, determines which branch or specialty for which they serve. The result is a competitive atmosphere both for the Cadets and respective schools; every Army ROTC program in the nation compete for top honors at LDAC. Once returning from LDAC, cadets are promoted to MS IVs and inherit the responsibility for the training of junior cadets while under the supervision of professional cadre.

ROTC provides Cadets with multiple opportunities to improve their leadership skills and prepare themselves to enter the profession of arms.  Army schools such as Airborne, Air Assault, and Combat Divers Course are offered to well qualified volunteers on a competitive basis.  Also the chance to learn "strategic languages" such as Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian (to name a few) can be earned through Project Global Officer. Our Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) provides students with the opportunity to travel overseas and train with allied Militaries and Cadets. Internships covering the sciences, foreign policy, and leadership are also available.

Finally, once cadets have completed their degree requirements and the ROTC program they have rightfully earned a commission in the Army the rank of Second Lieutenant. Their eight-year obligation to the Army can be served in different ways:

Four years Active Duty and four years Inactive Ready Reserves

Four years Active Duty and four years in the Army Reserves or National Guard

Eight years in the Army Reserves or National Guard

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