Army ROTC is committed to developing leadership and physical and academic excellence, as such the program will increasingly challenge you both physically and mentally each day. A student may elect to complete the program by earning a commission through the Regular Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. Enrollment, however, is not limited to students aspiring to be a military officer. Anyone interested in fine-tuning his or her leadership ability is able to participate in the program during his or her freshman and sophomore years without military commitment. Prospective Cadet Candidates can apply for admission to the Department of Military Science and ROTC as incoming first-year students and later in the academic careers with up to 2 years of school left. Eligible students can receive a full-tuition scholarship for up to 4 years and on top of that all committed students receive a monthly stipend and $1,200 to offset education and living expenses.
Students, who enter the program as sophomores or juniors, attend the Leader's Training Course for 28 days at Fort Knox, Kentucky in order to validate courses they would have taken during their freshman and sophomore years. Once enrolled in the program, they will participate in physical training, classes, classroom instruction, and field training. Pirate Battalion Army ROTC conducts intense conditioning sessions to improve health and physical fitness throughout the week. Professors, who are first and foremost military officers or senior NCO's, lead Cadets in the classroom by teaching the principles of leadership and military theory. Cadets will then have the opportunity to employ their skills in hands-on practical exercises. Field training provides opportunity for advanced skill set exercises and greater exposure to military tactics and techniques. All committed students will attend the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky for 4 weeks during the summer either between the junior and senior years or following graduation. Students considering ROTC should contact us to determine their eligibility and see how the program can accommodate their specific situation.
Leader's Training Course (LTC)
Cadets take part in the Leader's Training Course when they enter Army ROTC with 2-3 years of college left. It is a 28-day course held eachsummer at Fort Knox, KY. All expenses are paid and students even earn pay while there. This course allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who completed the Basic Course. The course has four phases. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises. This is a great option for entering graduate students or anyone that would complete LTC followed by 2 years at SHU or fellow Cross-Town colleges. 2-year scholarships are usually offered to cadets that contract after completing LTC, if they meet all other contracting requirements to include a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
These courses are offered to cadets on a voluntary and limited basis. Unlike LTC and LDAC which are specifically for ROTC cadets, these are regular US Army courses which cadets attend alongside current Army soldiers and officers. These courses are designed to challenge a cadet's mental and physical endurance and toughness.
Air Assault Training
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
The Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program (CULP)