Prospective Students

Facts about the Army ROTC Program for Prospective Students

  • ROTC at Millersville University is an elective course. MSI (freshman) classes are worth 1/2 credit per semester. Cadets who stay with the program past the sophomore year earn an additional 2-½ academic credits while earning a commission, for a total of 3 ½ credits of 32 required for graduation.
  • Cadets can earn up to 50% of physical education (PE) requirements (2 of 4 required blocks) by participating in ROTC. One block is granted for the first two years and one block for the final two years.
  • MSI (freshman) classes require about 3 hours per week of your time: Leadership Lab Thur 1600-1800; PT Wed 0615-0730; and a one-hour class each week. Add one additional class period for sophomore-senior years.
  • ROTC teaches leadership skills; even if you don’t pursue a commission, ROTC is good to have on your college transcript and resume.
  • ROTC scholarships pay full tuition at Millersville, $1,200/yr for books and a tax-free monthly stipend of as follows: freshman- $300, sophomore- $350, junior- $450, senior- $500.
  • Upon graduation, a Second Lieutenant becomes a platoon leader, responsible for 30-40 enlisted soldiers and typically millions of dollars worth of equipment—responsibility that sets you apart from your peers with prospective civilian employers.
  • Today, a Second Lieutenant earns about $40,000 per year to start, gets 30 days paid vacation plus 12 federal holidays per year, free medical/dental, and many other benefits.
  • Fortune 500 companies are seeking junior officers separating from the military because they have a proven record of honesty, loyalty, duty, and responsibility.
  • The age limit for earning a commission in other than medical specialties is 32 for scholarship students and 39 for non-scholarship cadets at the time of commisson.
  • As an Army officer, you will work in any one of 18 career fields. From Infantry to Aviation, to Human Resources and Finance, you are a manager and leader. You manage a budget, equipment, people and training. No matter what your career field, your mission is to prepare your unit to accomplish its wartime mission or support the soldiers who will do the fighting.
  • Cadets on ROTC scholarship serve four years on active duty. Non-scholarship cadets serve three. Instead of serving on active duty, cadets may apply to serve part time for eight years in their “hometown” National Guard or Reserve unit if they desire.
  • Cadets may apply for an “educational delay” prior to serving on active duty in order to attend Law, Medical, or Theological school. Under this option, newly commissioned 2LTs pay their own way and later enter the service as a senior 1LT or Captain.
  • By serving on active duty, you may be eligible for nearly $40,000 in educational benefits (GI Bill) to use after you leave the service.

Alternatives to the Four Year ROTC Program

As an alternative to the four-year ROTC program, students can still earn a commission in any one of the following ways:

  • Students may receive constructive credit for the first two years of the program for having attended basic training and AIT (advanced individual training) OR students may attend a 28-day summer leadership camp (Leaders Training Course) during the summer preceding their junior year in lieu of the first two years of ROTC if they have not attended basic training or AIT.
  • Students may defer the 28-day summer leadership camp until the summer after the junior year. In this case, the student/cadet would attend LDAC (Leadership Development Assesment Course) after graduation, and then be commissioned upon completion of the 35-day ROTC Advanced Camp.
  • Students can enroll in ROTC as long as they are "full-time students, pursuing a degree". As such, students may take ROTC while in a graduate program.

For more information, contact the Millersville University Military Science Department at: (717) 872-3769 or email