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Penn State Army ROTC

Overview

Army ROTC is one of the country's top leadership programs. Army ROTC is an academic program where students learn leadership theory from experienced practitioners in the classroom then apply these skills as a small group leader. Qualified students who complete the entire curriculum become a commissioned Army officer. Being an officer in the U.S. Army means you're a leader, a counselor, a strategist, and a motivator.

See an overview about the U.S. Army Officer Corps: Officership

The ROTC program is divided into two parts: the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) and the Advanced Course (junior and senior years of ROTC). ROTC students are not in the military. Students who take Basic Course classes do not incur a military obligation and receive no financial assistance unless they are awarded an ROTC scholarship or they enter the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). And don't be confused - the Basic Course is not basic training or "boot" camp! These classes provide students with basic leadership skills and allow them to make an informed decision if they want to continue in ROTC or not. As one of our Non-Commission Officers said, the first two years of ROTC is the ultimate test drive to see if it is right for you.

At Penn State, freshman and sophomore courses are worth two credit hours. Students can apply at least six ROTC credits towards their degree requirements as determined by each academic department. Each freshman course consists of one hour of classroom instruction, two hours of leadership lab, and three hours of physical training each week. Classroom topics include leadership theory, public speaking, goal setting and time management, health and physical fitness, the organization, function, and history of the Army, and more. Activities include land navigation, first aid, tactics, and many more events.

Sophomore students who have not taken ROTC classes and would like to try the program need to contact the Recruiting Operation Office at 814-865-7255 / 7257 preferably before Spring Break. Penn State students on the 2+2 plan or other students who plan to transfer to University Park and would like to join the Army ROTC program here, contact the Recruiting Operation Office at 814-865-7255 / 7257 early the spring semester before your planned transfer. If you meet the criteria, you can attend a no-obligation Leader's Training Course (LTC) over the summer. Successful LTC graduates meet one of the qualifications to enter the Advanced Course.

Students who desire to become an Army officer and who meet the physical, scholastic, and military training standards (ROTC Basic Course or equivalent) are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course. At this point, students agree to serve in the Army as an officer upon successful completion of the ROTC program. The Advanced Course curriculum focuses on advanced leadership theory, personnel management, military tactics, and other topics necessary for becoming an officer. Advance Course Cadets gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Senior-year Cadets run the leadership labs and physical readiness training as the Cadet Battalion command and staff under the mentorship of the cadre. All Advance Course Cadets receive a tax-free stipend: junior-year Cadets get $450 per month while senior-year Cadets receive $500 per month.

When Cadets graduate from college, they are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.

Review this video about Army ROTC: Introduction to Army ROTC

 

The Pennsylvania State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, 2013.

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Point of Contact: Brandon Smith, bjs51@psu.edu