Congrats to newly commissioned Second Lieutenants Hall and Shipley! Best of luck to both of you in your future endeavors!
ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. It’s an elective college program offered at over 1,700 colleges and universities across the United States that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides an opportunity for college students to receive practical, hands-on leadership experience. The course teaches students to develop management, communication, and decision-making skills. Physical training and confidence-building activities (i.e. rappelling, obstacle courses) also provide a chance for students to be physically and mentally challenged. This training is ultimately designed to give the college student the necessary leadership skills and “ability to think on one’s feet” required to be an Officer in the U.S. Army. Students who are interested in obtaining a Bachelors or Graduate degree may enroll in ROTC. Upon contracting and successful completion of the program, students are commissioned as Officers in the U.S. Army. Required Qualifications: • Be a citizen of the United States • Be between the ages of 17 and 31 (age waivers available) • Current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 to qualify for scholarship (2.0 to qualify for entrance into the Army ROTC Program) • Physically fit and able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test • Be medically qualified • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard) * Competitive candidates for an Army ROTC Scholarship will have at least a CGPA of 3.0. Scholarship Student Benefits: • Full Tuition/Fees • Books: $1200 per year • Personal spending money (stipend): $300-$500 per month during the school year Non-Scholarship Student Benefits: • Stipend: $350-$500 per month. • Ability to participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Visit our website at http://www.salisbury.edu/rotc/ for information about Salisbury University Army ROTC and how you can become amember of our team. Or, send us a message to speak with a current cadet. Go to https://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html for more information about ROTC and how to apply for scholarships.
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Officer training began at Salisbury University in 1979 when Army ROTC was established on campus as an extension center of the University of Delaware’s Army ROTC Program. For next 20 years SU ROTC produced numerous officers that would go on to hold positions of responsibility and prestige throughout the U.S. Army. This continued until 1998 when waning interest resulted in the shutdown of SU’s military science program. SU student’s who wished to enroll in ROTC were forced to make a weekly commute to the University of Delaware.
In 2008, after a decade long absence, ROTC returned to the SU campus. Every year since SU has commissioned a small, but growing contingent of cadets as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Starting in the fall of 2019, SU will once again have its very own Assistant Professor of Military Science on campus five days a week to assist and mentor the cadets of the Seagull Detachment. A number of other exciting changes are currently underway in the SU Army ROTC program as well. The current growth of the U.S. Army means that there are many new and returning opportunities for cadets to apply for scholarships and specialized training programs. 2020 is set to be our biggest class yet since returning to campus!