ROTC Frequently Asked Questions

What benefits will I receive by participating in Army ROTC?

Army ROTC enhances your college experience by providing training that will make you motivated, confident, and ready to lead. ROTC instruction is based on training the future leaders of the Army and the Nation. You will have practical instruction in such areas as organizational leadership, communication, and time management. The skills you learn will be ones that benefit you for your entire life, whether you are a career military officer or a business executive.

Cadets that sign a commitment contract with the Army also receive a monthly stipend from $300 to $500 depending on year of school. Additionally, some Cadets earn a scholarship for either full tuition OR room and board. All Cadets on scholarship receive a book allowance of $600 per semester ($1200 per year).

Who can apply for a ROTC scholarship?
To be eligible for an ROTC scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 17 years of age within the first semester of your freshman year, and must not reach your 31st birthday by 31 December of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive your commission.

  • Have an SAT of at least 920 (19 ACT), or if in college, 2.5 Cumulative GPA

  • Be a full time student (undergrad or grad) (12 credit hours)

  • Have demonstrated good moral character

  • Meet physical qualification standards

  • Meet medical qualification standards

How do I apply for a scholarship?
If you are a high school senior either go to
www.armyrotc.com to apply for a 4-YR HS winner scholarship. If you are currently an LHU student, contact the Enrollment Officer at (570) 484-2256 or by email at pcallaha@lhup.edu

What career opportunities exist for me in the army?
In addition to the Army's 'combat' branches, such as Armor, Infantry, Artillery, and Aviation, the Army has just about every career field you would find in the civilian world, including: doctors, dentists, hospital administrators, lawyers, intelligence specialists, linguists, and even veterinarians. No matter what the branch, as an Army officer you are a leader of people and a manager of resources. While many of your friends are still job hunting, straight out of college you will be placed in charge of a platoon of up to 90 American soldiers, ranging from 18 to 40 years old. You will be responsible for their health, training and welfare program, as well as safeguarding and maintaining millions of dollars of high-tech equipment found in today's Army. This is why junior officers who decide to leave the military are so sought after by corporate America. Corporate CEOs know these individuals have a proven track record. They realize that as a result of their training and experience, military officers know how to motivate people and solve problems. Most of all, they have demonstrated the values-duty, honor, loyalty, integrity, commitment, selflessness, and respect-values that that employers are looking for in their junior executives.

How much money will I make as an Army officer?
ROTC cadets, upon commissioning, are appointed as Second Lieutenants in the Army. During the first year of service a Second Lieutenant will be paid approximately $35,000, including a tax-free housing allowance. This salary goes up steadily with both increases in rank, and time in service. Over a four-year period (the active duty commitment for scholarship cadets), an officer will earn approximately $175,000.

I am already a sophomore, is it too late for me to enroll?
Not at all. You can attend ROTC Leader's Training Course in the summer between your sophomore and junior years. This is a four-week summer training camp at Fort Knox, KY that covers material and information learned in the introductory ROTC courses. After graduating from this course you are eligible to enroll in MILS 304.

I am already a senior; can I still enroll and earn a commission?
If you are already a senior, you can either take ROTC during graduate school, or you can attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). To attend OCS, contact the local Army recruiting station, (570) 748-4275, or go to www.goarmy.com.

Can I be a cadet and still study abroad?
The Army encourages Cadets to participate in study abroad programs for one semester. The best time to participate in a study abroad is during the sophomore year.

How much time does ROTC take?
Freshman and sophomores attend class 1 hour per week. Juniors and seniors attend class for 3 hours per week. All Cadets attend 3 physical training sessions of 1 hour each per week. All Cadets also attend a 1 ½ hour leadership lab each week. Freshman and sophomores average 6 hours of ROTC a week. Junior Cadets average 8 hours per week. Senior Cadets plan, coordinate, and execute the training for the physical training sessions and the leadership labs, they average anywhere from 8 to 12 hours of ROTC a week. Each semester the Battalion will conduct one weekend field exercise lasting about 48 hours.

What are my obligations?
Cadets do not incur an obligation to the US Army until they sign a contract. Freshman and sophomores are not required to sign contracts and can participate without obligation, unless they receive and accept a scholarship. When a Cadet reaches the junior year they must sign a contract accepting their commitment to the US Army. All contracts state that upon graduation the Cadet will accept a commission as a 2
nd Lieutenant in the US Army and will complete and 8 year commitment. For Cadets that are going on Active Duty the commitment will be served as 4 years on Active duty and 4 years in a reserve status. Cadets that are going in the National Guard or US Army Reserve will normally serve 8 years in their ARNG or USAR unit.

As a cadet, can I still participate in other activities?
Absolutely. ROTC encourages Cadets to participate in other programs at the University. Lock Haven ROTC Cadets are members of varsity sports teams; participate in extracurricular activities; participate in intramural sports, and community service organizations.

I want the scholarship money, but I do not think I want to go on active duty. What can I do?
If you do not want to go on active duty you can join the Army National Guard or US Army Reserve, there are special scholarships for these Cadets known as Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarship.

Do Military Science courses count toward graduation?
Your Military Science credits will count toward your total hours for graduation, but will not take the place of any required courses. They do consider Military Science Courses as electives though. ROTC course can count as 2 of the 3 required credits for the wellness category of General Education requirements.

I want to get my Masters/Professional Degree before going on active duty. Can I do that?
Yes, during your senior year, you can request an educational delay so that you may continue your education before going on active duty. This is a competitive program and is granted only to those students pursuing a technical or professional degree such as law school or medical school.

Will I have to attend Basic Training (Boot Camp)?
No. ROTC cadets do not attend Basic Training. In fact, as an ROTC cadet you will not be 'in the Army.' You can participate in ROTC as a non-contracted cadet your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation. This means if ROTC isn't for you, you can withdraw without incurring a military service obligation.

By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?
No. Students who enroll in ROTC don't join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It's considered a college elective. Once a Cadets signs a contract than they are committed to the Army.

Is ROTC like 'boot camp'?
No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.

What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?
Quite simply, leadership skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.

What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?
Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and 'live' situations. Leadership labs are focused on giving Cadets opportunities to practice leadership during military activities.

Is there a military obligation during college?
Until a Cadet signs a contract there is no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners).

What is the ROTC course comprised of?
The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course studies Army organization and structure as well as basic leadership and Army skills. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?
Yes. Each year thousands of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC scholarships.

How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?
Scholarships pay either full tuition at Lock Haven or room and board. Also, scholarship winners receive a book allowance of $ 1,200 a year.

On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?
ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work. The three main focus areas for the Army are Scholarship, Leadership, and Athletics.

Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. And regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC books, uniforms, and equipment are furnished at not cost to you.

How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?
4YR High School winner scholarships are awarded between September and March. Prospective Cadets must apply by January 10
th. There are also campus based two-year and three-year scholarships that are also available sometimes throughout the year.

How do students benefit from Army ROTC?
In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.
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