Military Science Program
Becoming an officer in the military takes a well-rounded mind with problem-solving experience and the ability to lead. Susquehanna’s Military Science Programs offers a Military Science minor and a Strategic Studies minor. Adding either of these minors to any major at Susquehanna will help in your quest for self-improvement and leadership in the armed forces.
The Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program prepares college graduates for entry-level positions within the United States Army. Many graduates serve for extended periods on active duty with the regular Army; others pursue civilian careers while serving part time in the Army Reserve or the National Guard. ROTC students are eligible for an academic stipend and scholarship assistance. Susquehanna participates in the ROTC program based at Bucknell University.
Discover your path to becoming an esteemed Army officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). With a rich history since 1916, ROTC has produced over half a million lieutenants for the U.S. Army, representing 75% of all Army officers. It’s the premier pathway for aspiring leaders in the Army, a prestigious profession serving the nation’s most respected institution.
Enroll in Army ROTC as a college elective for up to two years with no commitment. While pursuing your degree, you’ll gain invaluable experiences, blending classroom learning with hands-on opportunities. Even if you choose a different career, the acquired skills will be advantageous in civilian employment.
ROTC offers a four-year program, preparing college students to serve as commissioned officers in the active Army or part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Qualified students from Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, and Bloomsburg University can join.
First-year scholarship students and non-scholarship first- and second-year students can enroll on a trial basis without military commitment. You can decide to continue for advanced courses to earn an officer commission upon graduation.
Various scholarships are available, some guaranteeing duty in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Scholarship cadets receive full tuition, a $420/month subsistence allowance, and a $1,200/year book allowance, along with room and board. Non-scholarship cadets receive a $420/month subsistence allowance.
Program requirements include a 33-day summer training course between junior and senior years, with additional specialized summer training opportunities available. The time commitment ranges from five hours per week for first- and second-year cadets to 10 hours per week for third- and fourth-year cadets.
ROTC empowers you to succeed in college and beyond, teaching Leadership Development, Military Skills, and Adventure Training. Graduates of the program include notable figures like Colin Powell, Sam Walton, and James Earl Jones.
Join Army ROTC today, and pave your way to a successful future. For more information, contact the Susquehanna ROTC program in partnership with the Department of Military Science at Bucknell University: Phone: 570-577-1013, 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
- Between the ages of 17 and 26
- High school GPA of 2.50 or higher
- 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, first create a MY GOARMY account. Once your account is created, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY Log In page. Log in to MY GOARMY, and use your account information to log into the scholarship application site. For more information, go to the Army ROTC Scholarship page.
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 which cover tuition, fees and other incidentals, but are not a guaranteed. It’s a competitive process 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 than 100 years. Yet students and families often misunderstand how the program and scholarships work. Following 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 a 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. Approximately half of those are three-year scholarships, and half are four-year scholarships. The application process is open for those who have 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 résumé early in their high school careers.
Excel in school. Prepare yourself for the SAT or ACT. Ask to belong to the National Honor Society. Those out there being active, tend to naturally be great candidates for the Army ROTC with the possibility of a full-tuition scholarship.
If a student misses out on the national scholarship contest, there is still an 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 does not meet the program’s requirements, gets kicked out of school, or does not 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 become a part of the Army