ROTC - Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
The Army ROTC program at Endicott is designed to enhance a student’s college education by integrating into the curriculum leadership and management theory with leadership practicum modules. Through coursework and in-class practical experience, students will develop decision-making, team-building, and time-management skills-leadership qualities that are essential to success in any field, including corporate or research careers. Students completing the ROTC program are awarded a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Non Scholarship students may participate in the first two years of Army ROTC with no commitment to military service.
The Military Science and Leadership Program is a four-year program composed of the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) and the Advanced Course (junior and senior years).
The four-year curriculum combines classroom and leadership laboratory work. Any Endicott student is eligible to participate in the leadership development courses regardless of academic grade.
During the summer between their junior and senior years, students participate in a four-week Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, KY (near Louisville). Upon graduation from college and successful completion of LDAC, students are commissioned as Officers in the US Army, US Army Reserves, or Army National Guard.
The two-year program is designed for students who did not complete the first two years of the Army ROTC program. If students have at least four semesters remaining in their academic program at Endicott or are interested in pursuing a graduate degree (two year minimum), they may be eligible to participate in the Advanced Course. Students may participate in a four-week training camp (Leader’s Training Course) at Fort Knox, KY, in lieu of completing the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years). Once students complete the Leader’s Training Course, they are eligible to receive the same benefits as members in the four-year program. If a student has previously completed basic combat training for the US Army, they will receive automatic credit for the basic course and may enroll in the Advanced Course, as long as they have two years of schooling remaining.
Army ROTC scholarships are available on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. Two and three year scholarships are available each year, and are awarded on campus through the Professor of Military Science. Four year scholarships are available through a national selection board. High school seniors may apply for four-year scholarships in conjunction with their application to Endicott. Scholarships pay full tuition and all mandatory fees, plus $1,200 for books and supplies each year, and a tax-free stipend ranging from $300 to $500 per month based on an academic year. The scholarship is flexible, in that it can be used for either tuition and all mandatory fees or for room and board. Additionally, Endicott offers a room and board incentive for participating Army ROTC Cadets.
Program of Instruction
The Army ROTC curriculum is designed to enhance a student’s college education by providing distinctive leadership and management training in conjunction with realistic experience. The program emphasizes leadership theory and practice, organizational management, public speaking, tactics, purpose and history of the military and physical fitness.
Students enrolled in the first two years of the program attend one hour of class and three hours of physical fitness each week. Collegiate athletes who meet Army fitness standards are excused from physical fitness training while their sport is in season. In the final two years of the program, class and physical fitness total four hours per week. Students also participate in a weekly Leadership Lab that highlights a particular military activity. Finally, students participate in a field training exercise each semester that includes small unit leadership training, military tactics, land navigation, rappelling, obstacle negotiation, and possibly helicopter orientation ride.
The ROTC program offers Endicott students a wide spectrum of opportunities to participate in numerous challenging and rewarding extracurricular activities, such as high adventure training and field training exercises. Army Airborne (jumping out of airplanes), Air Assault (rappelling out of helicopters), Mountain Warfare, and other military schooling and training programs are available on a voluntary basis to qualified cadets. Also, there are summer internships available at national research laboratories, numerous Army bases, or the Pentagon. Students may also participate in a summer study abroad program run by the US Army with the opportunity to visit over 50 countries. Finally, following graduation there are opportunities-primarily for students going on to law, medical, dental, or veterinary school-to defer the service obligation until completion of their graduate studies. Many graduate study opportunities are funded by the Army.
Opportunities in the US Army Reserve/Army National Guard
Army ROTC offers opportunities to seek a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. This unique option provides the flexibility for newly commissioned officers to participate in the Army part time while pursuing an advanced degree or a full-time career.
Enrollment in the freshman and sophomore ROTC courses is open to all Endicott students. To be eligible for Army ROTC scholarships and/or enrollment in the junior- and senior-year ROTC courses, students must be citizens of the United States; physically and medically qualified in accordance with existing Army regulations; and enrolled at Endicott.
Students normally apply for the four-year program during their freshman year, but students may enroll in the course or apply for a campus-based scholarship each semester. Interested students can inquire about the Army ROTC program by visiting the Army ROTC office at Endicott by appointment at 617-253-4471, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting http://army-rotc.mit.edu.