The Hofstra Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program qualifies students for appointments as officers in the United States Regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Students attend military science classes during their regular course of studies. Students develop maturity, responsibility and dependability while earning the Gold Bar of an Army Second Lieutenant.
Army ROTC offers two different programs to all qualified college and university students. The traditional four-year program gives students the opportunity to take ROTC courses in each of their four years of college. The two-year program is available for any qualified student who did not take ROTC during their first two years of college.
The four-year program consists of the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. The Basic Course is open to all Hofstra students. It consists of training in leadership, management, military skills and physical fitness. Students learn to apply these skills in and outside the classroom. In addition, a variety of outside social and professional enrichment activities are available. ROTC textbooks, uniforms, and other essential materials for the Basic Course are furnished to the students. Sophomores who did not take 1C and 1D may compress 1C and 2C and 1D and 2E to complete the Basic Course. There is no military obligation for enrolling in the Basic ROTC Course.
After they have completed the Basic Course, students who have demonstrated the potential to become an officer and who have met the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the Advance Course. The Advanced Course is usually taken during the last two years of college. It includes instruction in management, tactics, ethics and further leadership development. Textbooks and uniforms in the Advanced Course are also furnished to students.
During the summer between their junior and senior years of college, Advance Course cadets attend a paid five-week training session called the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). LDAC gives cadets the chance to practice what they have learned in the classroom, and introduces them to Army life "in the field".
The two-year program is designed for students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of school or students entering a two-year post-graduate course of study. To enter the two-year program, students must attend a paid four week course called the Leader’s Training Course held during the summer between their sophomore and junior years of college. Students who complete this training then enroll in the Advanced Course.
Active Army veterans, members of the National Guard, and the Reserves may qualify for credit for the Basic Course and be enrolled directly into the Advance Course.
Note: all basic Military Science courses include the appropriate number of class hours, plus a required leadership laboratory and additional classes in physical training each week. A field training exercise of approximately three days once a semester provides practical experience in small organization leadership. All students are expected to attend the leadership laboratory, physical training and field training exercise.
MS 1C, 1D and 2C, 2D, totaling two semester hours credit, are designated non-liberal arts credits. These credits are acceptable toward a baccalaureate degree if they fall within the total non-liberal arts credits allowed for that degree. MS 3A, 3B, Summer Camp, and MS 4C, 4D total 12 semester hours credit. These credits are acceptable toward a degree as determined by advisement with the department chairperson.