The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) are a group of college-based officer training programs for training commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces.
Marywood University offers students the opportunity to participate in Army ROTC through a partnership with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Army Reserve Officer Training Corps’ Royal Warrior Battalion located nearby at The University of Scranton. The primary objective of the Reserve Officer Training Program is to develop leadership capabilities in all students and to train future officers for the active Army, US Army Reserve, Army National Guard, and leaders for the country. The Royal Warrior Battalion continually ranks in the top 10% of all ROTC programs nationwide. The Battalion has recently celebrated seventy years of commissioning outstanding officers for the Army. The Army ROTC program can be tailored to fit almost any student’s schedule, particularly in the freshman and sophomore years.
Military Science instruction is offered to Marywood students at The University of Scranton with two, three, and four-year programs leading to a commission as an officer in one of the three components of the United States Army. Any Marywood University student may participate in any basic Army ROTC course without cost or obligation for the first two years. To be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, students must pass a physical examination and complete at least the final two years of the ROTC program of Military Science courses. Students normally take one course per semester during their normal four-year course of study, although there are numerous options to meet each student’s academic needs. All students receiving ROTC scholarships as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are contracted with the Army receive a tax-free monthly stipend of $420 a month to cover living expenses. The stipend is paid directly to the student each month that they are in school or participating in Army ROTC summer training.
The Army ROTC Department provides all uniforms, equipment, and textbooks required for the classes. In addition to the academic classes, students may also participate on a voluntary basis in many additional training opportunities such as physical training and hands-on equipment training each week. Each semester there is a military social event and at least one-weekend training session that includes such events as military marksmanship, cross-country orienteering, military rappelling, leadership application courses, and obstacle/confidence courses. During breaks and vacations, students can volunteer for active Army training such as military parachute operations, helicopter operations, military mountain climbing, and training with active army units in the United States and overseas. There are also numerous opportunities for academic internships with state and federal agencies through Army ROTC. Army ROTC also offers language and cultural immersion programs offering incentives for language classes taken on campus as well as funded study abroad and summer foreign exchange internships to thirty countries. All Army-sponsored training is cost-free to the student, and students are paid for some summer training courses.
The ROTC program consists of two programs, the basic courses normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years consisting of MS 101/102, MS 201/202, and MS 111L/112L. The advanced courses normally taken during the junior and senior years consist of MS 301/302, MS 401/402, and MS 131/132. Students who have completed basic training in any U.S. service may qualify for placement in the advanced course depending on their university academic standing. Additionally, students who have not completed the ROTC basic course may qualify for the advanced course by attending a paid four-week long basic leadership training course (ROTC Basic Camp) conducted each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Incoming freshmen, transfer students, and all enrolled Marywood University students can compete for one- to four-year ROTC scholarships that pay full tuition and fees regardless of cost and $1,200 per year for books in addition to the monthly stipend. The Army will commission successful graduates as a Second lieutenant (2LT) with a starting salary of over $42,000 per year plus housing allowance, food allowance, and medical and dental benefits, as well as 30 days paid vacation per year. For more information on the Army ROTC program at Marywood University contact the Army ROTC Department at (570) 299-0737 or (978) 815-4039.
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