Department of Military Science

Department of Military Science

Welcome to the Blue Mountain Battalion

The Millersville University Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a partnership program with Dickinson College and together are known as The Blue Mountain Battalion.  ROTC is a leadership development program which deepens the scholastic experience by cultivating the ability to organize, motivate and lead others.  It is the cornerstone of Army officer training that develops students, known as Cadets, into future officers in the U.S. Army.  Dickinson College is the host school with Cadets from Millersville University, Franklin and Marshal College, Gettysburg College, Messiah College, York College and Penn State - Harrisburg participating in the program.  Any interested student may participate in military science courses without incurring a military obligation. Men and women who choose to contract and successfully complete the program receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve upon graduation.

A two-part program

The four-year program focuses on critical thinking, principles of leadership, management, ethics and military history.  It consists of two parts:
  • The Basic Course (100/200 level): Typically taken during the first and second years.  Includes one or two classes per week, physical training and a leadership lab.
  • The Advanced Course (300/400/level): Typically taken during the junior and senior years.  Includes one or two classes per week, physical training, a leadership lab and leadership exercises over several weekends each semester.
The curriculum includes classroom instruction and practical exercises such as orienteering, paintball, rappelling and field training exercises.  All contracted Cadets must attend a four-week Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky during the summer between their junior and senior years.

Extracurricular activities

Students are encouraged to round out their education through social, cultural and professional activities outside of class.  Opportunities include:
  • Study abroad
  • Varsity and club athletics
  • Ranger Challenge Team (physically challenging competitive events)
  • Color Guard
  • Voluntary summer training courses
  • Government internships
Career preparation

Students who successfully complete the Advanced Course and Advanced Camp are prepared for service as commissioned officers in the active Army, or part-time, in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.  Newly commissioned officers, if selected for the active component, serve for 8 years (3-4 years on active duty and the remaining years in the Individual Ready Reserve, or part-time with the Army National Guard or Army Reserve).
Cadets may choose from career fields in Air Defense Artillery, Armor, Aviation, Chemical Corps, Corps of Engineers, Field Artillery, Infantry, Military Police, Military Intelligence, Signal Corps, Cyber, Adjutant General's Corps, Finance, Ordnance, Quartermaster Corps, Transportation Corps, Medical Service Corps and Nurse Corps.

Scholarships and financial aid

Various types of scholarships are available including: General merit-based scholarships up to 4 years, Guaranteed Reserve Force Duty scholarships in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve and scholarships for Science, Technology ,Engineering and Math majors
Scholarship Cadets receive: full tuition and fees, a subsistence allowance of up to $500 a month and a book allowance of $1,200 a year.
Non-scholarship contracted Cadets receive a subsistence allowance of up to $500 a month.
Cadets may also elect to serve part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard units while in ROTC to receive additional benefits.

Entrance criteria

Any student may take Military Science classes, but in order to contract into Army ROTC, a student must be:
  • Enrolled full-time, working toward a bachelor's or graduate degree, with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Reasonably physically fit and able to become medically qualified (Army physical/medical exam)
  • A U.S. citizen
  • Under age 31 at graduation
  • Able to obtain a U.S. Governemnt security clearance
Although the program is designed to start with new first-year students each fall, it is possible to enter the program as late as fall of the junior year. Students with prior military service or those who complete a 28-day summer training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, may bypass the basic course classes.

Time commitment

Cadets are expected to complete the following during the program:
  • Approximately five hours per week of training during the first and second years
  • About 10 hours per week of training for juniors and seniors
  • A 29-day summer training course between the junior and senior years
If you think you have what it takes and the desire to be a leader in the U.S. Army, take the first step by signing-up for a Military Science class or contacting the ROTC staff at Columbia House, 215 N. George Street.

Contact Information

Physical Address

Columbia House
215 N. George Street
Millersville, PA 17551

Phone: (717) 871-5900



Jose H. Sala
Captain, Engineer
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Allan M. Rivard
Sergeant First Class, Engineer
Military Science Instructor
Thomas E. Miller
Human Resources Administrator