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Military Science

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Program Director:
LTC Ben Ferguson
email: fergb@bu.edu

Program Officer:
CPT Eric Eudy
email: eudy@bu.edu

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was born when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million Officers. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military.

Start Strong in life - enroll in Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the college elective for undergraduate and graduate students that provides unrivalled leadership training for success in any career field.  If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career.

Army ROTC’s program includes courses that teach leadership development, military skills and adventure training. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will maintain a normal academic schedule like all college students. 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.  And the best part about this leadership development? You will use and benefit from it for years to come. Officers in the Army possess the skills necessary to lead others through the most challenging of circumstances. With Strength Comes Responsibility.

Army ROTC has over 270 host programs with more than 1,100 partnership and affiliate schools across the country. It produces approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. More than 40 percent of current Active Duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC. Army ROTC provides Cadets with the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.


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.  The two-year program is designed for junior year and transfer students. Entry should be requested by April 1 prior to the junior year. Enrollment as a junior requires that certain criteria be met and may be satisfied through specific summer training or prior military service or JROTC instruction. Those students currently serving in any branch of the military reserves are encouraged to join in order to commission into the US Army. All Cadets are required to attend summer training during their curriculum.

Basic Course

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.

Advanced Course

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 above a 2.0 grade-point average in order to be considered for enrollment as a Cadet.

Studies concentrate on basic tactical operations, military teaching principles, and advanced techniques of leadership, management, and command.


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 further information and scholarship application packets may be initiated through www.goarmy.com/rotc.  Information about the Charles River Battalion, which includes schools in the vicinity of Stonehill College:  www.bu.edu/armyrotc.




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