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Becoming an officer in the military takes a well-rounded mind with problem-solving experience and the ability to lead. Our Military Science program offers two minors, one in strategic studies and one in military science.
A military science or strategic studies minor from Susquehanna combines ROTC courses with those in ethics, policy, philosophy and human interactions.
Adding either of these minors to any major at Susquehanna will help in your quest for self-improvement and leadership of men and women in the armed forces.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps produces 75 percent of all Army officers. Founded in 1916, ROTC has produced more than one-half million lieutenants for America's Army. It remains the broadest avenue for men and women seeking to serve as officers in the Army. The Army officer is a prestigious professional who serves as a leader in the most respected institution in America.
You can enroll in Army ROTC as a college elective for up to two years with no obligation. ROTC gives you a wide range of experiences while you work toward a degree. You'll combine your time in the classroom with hands-on experience. If you choose not to make the Army your career, you will have acquired job skills that are sure to give you a definite advantage over your peers when the time comes to seek civilian employment.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) or military science education is a four-year program designed to prepare college students for Army service as commissioned officers in the active Army, or part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
The program is available to qualified Bucknell University, Bloomsburg University and Susquehanna University students.
Scholarship first-year students and non-scholarship first- and second-year students may enroll on a trial basis with no commitment to the military. Students may leave the program or continue with advanced courses to earn a commission as an officer upon graduation.
Although the program is designed to start with new first-year students each fall, it is possible to enter the program as late as the fall of the junior year. Students with prior military service or those who complete the 28-day basic camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, may bypass the freshman- and sophomore-level training.
Various types and lengths of scholarships are available; some of which guarantee duty in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
Scholarship cadets receive full tuition, a subsistence allowance of $420 a month and a book allowance of $1,200 a year. Susquehanna also provides full room and board for scholarship cadets.
Non-scholarship cadets receive a subsistence allowance of $420 a month.
Non-scholarship and some types of scholarship cadets may also become part of Army Reserve or Army National Guard units while in ROTC to receive additional benefits.
Program requirements include a 33-day summer training course between the junior and senior years. There are opportunities for other specialized summer training such as airborne school, air assault school, internships with active duty Army units or internships with federal government agencies.
The time commitment for first- and second-year cadets during the school year is approximately five hours a week. For third- and fourth- year students the time commitment is approximately 10 hours a week. Time is spent on weekly classes, physical training, monthly leadership labs and a semester field training exercise.
Whether you're planning a career in the Army or the corporate world, Army ROTC is a smart elective course to take. As part of Army ROTC, you'll be in the company of a diverse group of individuals with broad interests who excelled in their chosen areas of interest. They may have been presidents of their student governments, captains of their varsity sports teams, club presidents, or members of the National Honor Society.
Your studies will include: Leadership Development, Military Skills, and Adventure Training. Army ROTC courses teach you how to succeed in a competitive world both in college and beyond.Many prominent Americans got their start through Army ROTC. The program has produced two U.S. Secretaries of State, innumerable business and civic leaders and a female astronaut. Among the more famous graduates of the program are Colin Powell, Sam Walton, Earl Graves, Lenny Wilkins and James Earl Jones.
For more information contact the Susquehanna ROTC program at 570-577-1246/1013/1007, email ArmyROTC@bucknell.edu, or visit the Bison Battalion website.
Army ROTC Scholarships
Scholarships for High School Students
The Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Contact your high school academic advisor or campus Military Science department for more information.
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be between the ages of 17 and 26
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
- Meet physical standards
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)
- An eight-year service commitment with the Army.
- Serve full time in the Army for four years and four years with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
If you are applying for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY Log In page. Once you can successfully login to MY GOARMY, you can use your newly created account information to login to the scholarship application site.
For more information, go to the Army ROTC Scholarship page.
Air Assault School
US Army Air Assault School is a two-week (10 days) course of instruction conducted at several locations across the Army, including Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Drum, NY; Camp Smith, USMA; and at overseas locations in Germany and Hawaii. In each case, the course of instruction is focused on Combat Assault Operations involving US Army rotary-wing aircraft. Our battalion usually receives only one or two slots to Air Assault School(s) each summer, which are open to both male and female cadets meeting the minimum requirements.
Becoming a paratrooper at Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Course, teaches Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The final test includes a non-assisted jump.
The purpose of the BAC is to qualify the volunteer in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.
Airborne Soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women–people who have always set the example for determination and courage. When you volunteer for this training, you accept the challenge of continuing this tradition. The Airborne Soldiers of the past set high standards–it is now up to you to maintain them!
Cadet Advance Camp
Advance Camp is held annually at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The U.S. Army's largest training exercise and is the U.S. Army Cadet Command's capstone training event.
The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC Cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills, and to evaluate their officer potential. Most Army Cadets attend Advance camp between their junior and senior undergraduate years after having contracted to join the Army. Successful completion of Advance Camp is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC. The 29-day course starts with individual training and leads to collective training, building from simple to complex tasks. This building-block approach permits integration of previously-learned skills into follow-on training.
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
The Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and equipment (TO&E) units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).
Cultural Understanding and Learning Program (CULP)
The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classroom cannot.
Cadets now receive opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 40 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. The future goal is for at least half of all Cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually.
One of the biggest misunderstandings among families is that they assume if a student enrolls in ROTC, he or she will automatically receive a full scholarship.
That’s not the case. We do have scholarships that we offer out and those cover tuition and fees and some other things, but that is not a guarantee. It’s a competitive process just like receiving any other scholarship.
The Army ROTC – in addition to the Navy and Air Force ROTC programs – is one of the nation’s biggest scholarship grantors. The Army ROTC alone provides $274 million in scholarship money to more than 13,000 students each year, according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command.
Army ROTC, which provides leadership and military training at colleges and universities across the country, has been around for more than100 years. Yet students and families often misunderstand how the program and scholarships work. Here are three common misconceptions and clarifications about the ROTC program and awards.
Myth 1: College is automatically paid for.
Some students complete ROTC programs – earning a commission as second lieutenant – without ever earning a scholarship.
Army ROTC scholarships are awarded in two different ways: Students can compete nationally for a scholarship during their senior year of high school or they can join ROTC once they get to college and compete for a scholarship at the campus level.
At the national level, about 12,000 high school seniors compete for about 2,000 Army ROTC scholarships. About half of those are three-year scholarships, and the other half are four-year scholarships. The application process is already open for those who just completed their junior year of high school.
The majority of high school scholarship recipients are in the top 25 percent of their class, belong to an honor society and participate in organizations or sports. ROTC is looking for scholars, athletes, and leaders. Students should be working on building a resume early in their high school career.
Excel in school. Prepare yourself for the SAT or ACT. Ask to belong to the National Honor Society. When you look at a kid out there being active, they’re naturally a great candidate for the Army ROTC and the possibility of a full-tuition scholarship.
If a student misses out on the national scholarship contest, there’s still opportunity to join ROTC and compete for a scholarship once he or she is enrolled in college.
If awarded a scholarship Cadets are allowed to choose between applying the scholarship toward full tuition and fees – no matter the institution – or room and board, up to $5,000 per semester.
Myth 2: Joining ROTC means you’re enlisting.
Students can do a two-year trial period with Army ROTC before making any commitments to the Army.
However, when a student accepts a scholarship, he or she signs a contract with ROTC promising to hit certain academic benchmarks and to serve in the armed forces after graduation. This is called “contracting”.
The scholarship does bind them to service. Not every student walks into that classroom ready to make that commitment.
The service obligation is generally eight years and can be on active duty, National Guard, Army Reserve, IRR or a combination.
If a student doesn’t meet the program's requirements, gets kicked out of school or doesn’t commission into the Army, he or she will likely have to pay the scholarship back. The exception is if a medical condition prevents someone from joining.
Myth 3: You could be called up.
An ROTC Cadet is considered non-deployable in the event that the U.S. goes to war. That’s the case even if the Cadet is part of a National Guard unit that deploys.
If a student is in ROTC, he is just a student. Once they are commissioned, then they belong to Army, and yes, then he can be mobilized.
The course catalog is the compilation of all the amazing classes and programs being offered at Susquehanna during a given academic year. For more information about the courses being offered, programs available, and much more, download the catalog and dig in.See the 2020-2021 Course Catalog
ROTC Provides Opportunities
"ROTC provided an opportunity to receive an education and also serve my country. It assisted in alleviating the financial burden of college and the difficulties of finding employment following graduation, allowing me to place a greater focus on my studies. In addition, ROTC introduced me to a separate group of peers outside of my other classes. These peers challenged me to improve myself physically, mentally, and tactically in order to be competitive. Choosing to join ROTC, particularly the Bison Battalion, was instrumental in developing me for my future military and eventual civilian careers."
— LT. Brian Rice '16, U.S. Army
Our Cadets, Our Community
Our cadets talk to prospective students at Susquehanna Success Day.
Our cadets network with commissioned and non-commissioned officers at special dining events.
Our cadets take part in field exercises throughout the year.
Our cadets become well-rounded officers.