Wilkes University

Army Military Science

Special Programs

Army ROTC (Military Science)

CHAIRPERSON: LIEUTENANT COLONEL HAINES 

Faculty
Professor: Major Ramsey

Wilkes University offers students the opportunity to participate in Army ROTC at nearby King’s College through the Northeast Pennsylvania Officer Training Corps Battalion. The classes are given in Benaglia Hall at King’s College, a five-minute walk north on Franklin Street from Wilkes University. Students who participate in this program do so without penalty to their full-time academic status at Wilkes University.

The primary objective of the Army Reserve Training Program is to develop leadership capabilities in students and to train future officers for the active Army, US Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard.

Army ROTC is a flexible program that can be tailored to the individual student’s schedule, particularly in the freshman and sophomore years. Military Science instruction is offered at King’s College with both two- and four-year programs leading to a commission as an officer in one of the three components of the United States Army.

To obtain a commission, qualified male and female students must pass a physical examination and complete either the two- or four-year program of Military Science courses. Students normally take one course per semester during their four-year course of study.

All students receiving ROTC scholarships, as well as juniors and seniors and some sophomores participating in Army ROTC, are contracted with the Army and receive a monthly stipend. The stipend starts as $300 per month during the freshman year, increases to $350 per month during the sophomore year, $450 during the junior year, and $500 during the senior year. The stipend is paid directly to the student each month that the student is in school.

The Army ROTC Department provides all uniforms, equipment, and textbooks required for the classes. In addition to the academic classes, students may also participate on a voluntary basis in many additional training opportunities such as physical training and hands-on equipment training each week. Each semester there is a military social event and at least one optional weekend training session that includes such events as military marksmanship, cross country orienteering, military rappelling, leadership application courses, and obstacle and confidence courses. During breaks and vacations, students may volunteer for active army training in such areas as military parachute operations, helicopter operations, military mountain climbing, and training with active Army units in the United States and overseas. All training is cost-free to the student, and students are paid for some summer training courses.

The ROTC program consists of two programs: 1) the Basic Course, normally given during the freshman and sophomore years and comprising MS 211, MS 212, MA 221, and MS 222, and 2) the Advanced Course, normally taken during the junior and senior years and comprising MS 231, MS 232, MS 241, MS 242, and MS 251.

Students who have completed basic training in any U.S. service may qualify for placement in the Advanced Course. Additionally, students who have not completed the ROTC Basic Course may qualify for the Advanced Course by attending a paid four-week Leadership Training Course conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Freshman and sophomore students may compete for two-, three-, and four-year ROTC scholarships that pay full tuition and up to $1200 per year for books. The Army will commission graduates as second lieutenants with a starting salary of over $40,000 per year, plus medical and dental benefits and 30 days paid vacation per year.

For more information on the Army ROTC program at Wilkes University, contact the Army ROTC Department at ext. 5301 or 570-208-5900, ext. 5301.

Basic Course

The Basic Course constitutes a two-year program for freshmen and sophomores and is designed to provide a basic level of military knowledge and a general knowledge of roles, organization, missions, and basic leadership techniques. The program consists of two one-credit and two two-credit courses. Students enrolled in the Basic Course who are not receiving Army ROTC scholarships incur no military obligations.

Army ROTC Basic Course

Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester Credits

MIL-211 Concepts of Leadership I

1

MIL-251 Leadership Laboratory

0

 

1

Second Semester

MIL-212 Concepts of Leadership II

1

MIL-252 Leadership Laboratory

0

 

1

Third Semester

MIL-221 Dynamics of Leadership I

2

MIL-251 Leadership Laboratory

0

 

2

Fourth Semester

MIL-222 Dynamics of Leadership II

2

MIL-252 Leadership Laboratory

0

 

2

Army ROTC is a flexible program and variations of this schedule are possible. Sophomores and second-semester freshmen with no prior military experience may enroll in more than one basic level class under the ROTC Compressions Program. Students who have not completed the basic courses and have at least two years remaining until graduation may still apply for entry into the Advanced Course, but must qualify for advanced placement credit. 

Advanced Course

Consists of two two-credit and six one-credit courses open to students who have three or four semesters of college remaining. Course credit values are shown with each course.

Army ROTC Advanced Course

Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

Fifth Semester

MIL-100 Physical Fitness Training

1

MIL-231 Military Leadership I

2

MIL-251 Leadership Laboratory

0

 

3

Sixth Semester

MIL-100 Physical Fitness Training

1

MIL-232 Military Leadership II

1

MIL-252 Leadership Laboratory

0

 

2

Seventh Semester

MIL-100 Physical Fitness Training

1

MIL-241 Advanced Military Leadership I

2

MIL-251 Leadership Laboratory

0

 

3

MIL 251 & 252 (Leadership Laboratory) and MIL 100 (Physical Fitness Training) are mandatory for all cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course as well as ROTC scholarship recipients and must be taken con-currently with each Military Leadership course.

Recommended Course Sequence

Military Science (Army ROTC)

MIL-100. Physical Fitness Training

Credits: 1

U.S. Army Master Fitness trainers supervise a modern fitness program based on the latest military fitness techniques and principles. The classes are conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the King's College Scandlon Fitness Center and are one hour each in duration.


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