LTC Jennifer Bower, Program Director
CPT. Stephanie Bunker, Program Officer
U.S. Army ROTC offers a program designed to train future junior officers for leadership with instruction that complements a baccalaureate degree. The program consists of three parts: earning an academic degree in a recognized field; college courses of particular interest and value to military service; and military science courses.
The objectives of the ROTC curriculum include providing students with an understanding of the nature and operation of the U.S. Army, developing leadership and managerial potential, and developing students’ abilities to think creatively and to speak and write effectively. Essential to an officer’s education are the ability to evaluate situations before making decisions; the ability to understand people and how to lead; the fundamentals of self-discipline; the standards of performance and appearance; the ability to recognize these standards in others; and, above all, a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and responsibility.
While unified by the subject matter of leadership and management, the curriculum cuts across conventional boundaries, encouraging students to relate their learning from various disciplines and to apply it to reflective thinking, goal setting, and problem solving.
The program is open to full-time students of the College. The Military Science courses are required of those students enrolled in the ROTC program, but may be taken as electives by any student of the College.
The program consists of the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. Students may enter the program through the first semester of their junior year.
A two-year program is designed for junior year and transfer students. Entry should be requested by April 1 prior to the junior year. During the summer between their sophomore and junior years, students complete a five-week paid summer camp program that qualifies them for the Advanced Course.
Advanced placement may be awarded for prior military service. Those students currently serving in any branch of the military reserves are encouraged to join.
The Basic Course is normally taken by first and sophomore-year students. It introduces basic subjects such as the history of the U.S. Army, organizational structure of the Army, techniques and principles of leadership and management, and map reading.
The Advanced Course is taken by juniors and seniors. Students in the Advanced Course must sign a contract with the Army, pass a qualifying medical examination and physical fitness test, and have at least a 2.0 grade-point average.
Studies concentrate on basic tactical operations, military teaching principles, and advanced techniques of leadership, management, and command.
Stonehill College grants up to 12 academic credits for Military Science courses. The credits are granted as follows: one credit each for MIL 101 , MIL 102 , MIL 201 , and MIL 202 ; two credits each for MIL 301 , MIL 302 , MIL 401 , and MIL 402 . Military Science courses are graded “A” to “F,” and are included in the student’s grade-point average. Prior to September 2012, Military Science grades and quality points were not included in the computing of the grade-point average.
*NOTE: Students are not allowed to elect part-time status during the junior or senior years as a result of the extra credits granted for the Military Science program.
Financial assistance for cadets takes various forms. Juniors receive $450 and seniors receive $500 monthly tax-free subsistence allowance for Advanced Course cadets, and an allowance for summer camp(s).
The program provides financial assistance to highly qualified and motivated high school seniors considering military service as army officers. Scholarships are valued at the amount of full tuition and academic fees per year.
Additionally, scholarship winners will receive a flat rate of $1,200 per year for books and up to a $500 monthly tax-free subsistence allowance.
Applications for two, three or four-year scholarships may be made during the high school years. The deadline for early application is January 10th of their junior year. The deadline for application is January 10th of the senior year.
Requests for application packets may be sent to: U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship, Fort Monroe, Virginia 23651. Packets are also available in the Military Science Department at Stonehill College. Contact the Stonehill ROTC Office at 508-230-5014 or online at www.armyrotc.com.
Advanced Designee ROTC Scholarships
Non-ROTC Scholarship Years: Advanced designees receive no special treatment for the year(s) in which they do not receive ROTC funding. Students should file a complete Financial Aid Application to receive consideration for aid available from other sources.
Three- and Two-Year Scholarships are awarded to outstanding college students who are either already enrolled or planning to enroll in the U.S. Army ROTC Program. Interested first-year and sophomore students may apply to the Assistant Professor of Military Science, Stonehill College. These scholarships provide the same financial assistance from the Army as the four-year award.
The Leaders Training course is mandatory for students without U.S. Army ROTC experience wishing to enroll in the two-year program (unless the student has sufficient prior military experience). Conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, this five-week training period provides instruction equivalent to that received by students in the Basic Course. Satisfactory completion is necessary for entering the Advanced Course; however, there is no obligation to enter the program after the Leaders Training course. Students who attend the Leaders Training course are paid.
Leader Development and Assessment course is a five-week training period at Fort Lewis, Washington. This camp is mandatory for all cadets in the Advanced Course and is normally attended during the summer between the junior and senior years.