Army ROTC - Military Science

Enrollment Officer:
Mr. Andy Mahoney
Spratt House, Bucknell University
570-577-1013 |

Army ROTC prepares college students for military service as commissioned officers in the active Army, or part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Scholarship first-year students and non-scholarship first and second-year students may enroll on a trial basis with no commitment to the military.
Students may leave the program or continue with advanced courses to earn a commission as an officer upon graduation. Although the program is designed to start with new first-year students each fall, it's possible to enter the program as late fall of the junior year.
Students with prior military service or those who complete a 28-day summer training camp may bypass the freshmen and sophomore level training. Various types and lengths of scholarships are available. Some of which guarantee duty in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Time Commitment

First- and second-year cadets commit approximately five hours a week during the school year, while third- and fourth-year students commit approximately ten hours a week. Time is spent on weekly classes, physical training, monthly leadership labs and a semester field training exercise.

Path to Success

Upon completion of the Army ROTC program, graduates will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and will embark on specialized training in their first Army branch. Following officer branch training and a first assignment, Army officers may pursue additional specialized training and postgraduate education opportunities. They will be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, they may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors.

Scholarships and Grants

Army ROTC offers competitive four-, three- and two-year scholarships of full tuition and fees, $1,200 for books and a stipend (paycheck) between $300 to $500 per month.

Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. And are offered in the following forms:

  • two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • full-tuition scholarships
  • options for room and board in place of tuition, if qualified
  • additional allowances for books and fees

Students can apply for a ROTC Scholarship online or for more information contact Andy Mahoney.

Non-scholarship Cadets

Non-scholarship contracted cadets receive a subsistence allowance of up to $500 a month. Non-scholarship and some types of scholarship cadets may also become part of Army Reserve or Army National Guard units while in ROTC to receive additional benefits. Program requirements include a 29-day summer training course between the junior and senior years. Opportunities exist for other specialized summer training such as airborne school, air assault school, internships with active duty Army units, or internships with federal government agencies.

For more information, please refer to the College Catalog.