Clarion University, in partnership with the Military Science Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), offers qualified students the opportunity to earn a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Students who complete both the Basic Course program and the Advanced Course program receive a minor in Leadership-Military Science Track from Clarion University. Students who complete the Basic Course program (or have validated it), the Advanced Course program, and the ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course receive a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army.The ROTC program and the minor provide leadership training that students can apply throughout their careers, be they in business, industry, technology, education, the physical sciences, or the humanities.
The ROTC program and the minor are divided into two phases: the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) and the Advanced Course (junior and senior years).
Students who enroll in the ROTC program have the following benefits:
ROTC offers a comprehensive academic program in military leadership and teaches practical skills such as self-defense, adventure training, rappelling, marksmanship, orienteering, and first aid techniques.
The end-state of completing both the Basic Course ROTC Program (MS 110, MS 112, MS 201, and MS 202) and the Advanced Course ROTC program (MS 301, MS 302, MS 401, and MS 402) results in receiving a minor in leadership-military science track.
Equipment, ROTC textbooks, and uniforms are issued, without cost, to enrolled students.
Students enrolled in the Basic Course (MS 110, MS 112, MS 201, and MS 202) may become eligible for full-tuition scholarships and enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Course.
Students formally enrolled in the Advanced Course (MS 301, MS 302, MS 401, and MS 402) receive a cash stipend ($300-$500) each month for 10 months during the academic year and receive $900 each year for books.
Students who complete the advanced course and graduate from the university receive commissions as second lieutenants and serve in one of the three army components: Active Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve.
The first two years of military science (MS 110, 112, 201 and 202) provide a background of the historical role of military forces as well as current national military objectives. In addition, students develop basic leadership skills in problem solving and decision making and learn survival techniques, map reading, self-defense, rappelling, and marksmanship. Participants of the basic course incur no commitment to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course and incur no obligation for military service. Students may enroll or withdraw from any of the four courses in the ROTC Basic Course under the same provisions and in the same manner as the other academic courses at Clarion. Veterans of armed forces, junior ROTC and civil air patrol graduates, and students who complete the ROTC Basic Camp at Ft. Knox, Ky., may receive exemption from the ROTC Basic Course if approved by the professor of military science but they will not automatically receive academic credit for the course.
Required courses: Four (all courses include concurrent labs)
MS 110: Introduction to Military Science
MS 112: Fundamentals of Military Science
MS 201: Fundamental Tactical Operations and Leadership Techniques
MS 202: National Security and Fundamentals of Military Topography
To validate the ROTC Basic Course, a student must meet one of the following criteria:
Complete MS 110, 112, 201, and 202
Have served previously on active duty in the armed forces and received an honorable discharge
Currently serve in the National Guard or Reserve and have completed basic training
Have completed three or four continuous years of an accredited Junior ROTC or Civil Air Patrol program
Complete the ROTC Leader's Training Course during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. This option makes the ROTC program available to students with no previous military experience.
Qualified students complete the ROTC Advanced Course as they fulfill the requirements for their undergraduate degree from Clarion University. Enrollment occurs in the Fall of the junior year and, in addition to attending physical fitness training three times a week, students attend one seminar and one lab per week at the Clarion Campus. Students who pursue graduate degrees at Clarion can also apply for the program as long as the graduate program is at least four semesters long. Students who complete the ROTC program can earn a commission as a second lieutenant and receive placement in one of 17 professional officer specialties in the U.S. Army, including military intelligence, military police, signal, medical service, and the corps of engineers. To learn more about the program, go to the Clarion Army ROTC Website.
Four military science courses taken over two years (MSLC 301, 302, 401, and 402) plus attendance at the ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course comprise the ROTC Advanced Course and lead to a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. To be eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must validate the ROTC Basic Course and meet these criteria: be a citizen of the United States, be physically fit and pass a physical examination, be an enrolled academic junior with at least a 2.0 QPA, be not less than 17 years of age but less than 30 by the anticipated graduation date, and be accepted by the professor of military science.
Required courses: Five (4 include concurrent labs)
MS 301: Leadership and Modern Learning
MS 302: Study of Advanced Leadership Planning and Execution of Modern Combat Operations
MS 401: Management of the Military Complex
MS 402: Seminar in Military Management and Analysis
Summer: ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) five weeks in summer
ROTC offers a comprehensive academic program in military leadership, adventure training, rappelling, marksmanship, land navigation, and first aid techniques. The Military Science Department provides equipment, ROTC textbooks, and uniforms without cost to enrolled students. Students enrolled in the Advanced Course receive a cash stipend ($300-$500 each month) for 10 months during the academic year and receive $900 each year for books. Students who complete the Advanced Course and graduate from the university receive commissions as second lieutenants in the active army, national guard, or army reserve.
All students, to include those who have completed the ROTC Leader's Training Course and graduate students, may apply for one- to four-year scholarships through ROTC. To be fully eligible, applicants must meet these criteria: 2.5 QPA, full-time student, U.S. citizen, physically qualified, and administratively qualified. ROTC scholarships provide these benefits for each year the scholarship is in effect: full tuition, $900 for books, and $300-$500 per month for 10 months of the school year. Call 814-393-2527 for application instructions.