How ROTC Fits Me...
The most important focus for our Cadets is their education. Unlike the service academies, Cadets in Army ROTC do not have highly regimented schedules. ROTC Cadets attend classes for their chosen major just like the rest of the student body. In addition to their major course work, Cadets will take one ROTC academic class each semester. ROTC training should not interfere with any of the course work that needs to be completed for other academic classes. Students and Soldiers that are interested in the Army ROTC program are encouraged contact the enrollment officer, Mr. Wil Massidas, at (516) 463-7682 or via email in order to learn more about the program.
High School Students interested in money for school should fill out an Army ROTC application to compete for a 4 year ROTC scholarship. Students are also encouraged to read the ROTC FAQ on High School Scholarships & Enrollment.
Once students arrive on campus they will take the Foundations of Officership (MS 1C) and Leadership Laboratory (MS 1D). This will introduce students to the Army ROTC Program and the basics of being an Army officer.
The recommended track for completing the ROTC commissioning program is to begin the first semester of the freshman year. However, there are several ways to condense the time frame for students that have less than four years remaining until graduation, including enlisting in the Army National Guard or Reserves, or attending the Leader’s Training Course.
The Army ROTC program is an excellent way for prior service soldiers to take the next step in their military career. Soldiers that have served in the enlisted ranks prior to joining the program find that their enlisted experience provides an excellent base to the leadership training they receive in ROTC.
Soldiers that have already completed Army Basic Training are only required to complete the last two years of the four year Army ROTC commissioning program. However, we encourage students to participate in the program as early as possible. It is also important to contact the ROTC enrollment officer well in advance of joining program to allow time for application and medical processing.
Army National Guard and Reserve members often find that Army ROTC is a great way to further their army careers. Students attend all of their classes for their major, to include one Army ROTC course, while continuing to drill with their units. Once students are contracted with ROTC, they will then become part of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). As a member of the SMP, soldiers will drill as a cadet in their unit and shadow an officer. The SMP program is designed to give cadets the opportunity to have some hands on leadership experiences while progressing through the ROTC program.
The Army, like the civilian community, needs highly qualified nurses. Students that plan to receive a Bachelor's in Nursing are encouraged to consider the outstanding opportunities available to Army Nurses. The Army ROTC program will teach you to be a strong leader while preparing you to accept a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army.
Once on you are on active duty, you will quickly be put in positions of responsibility. You will also receive specialty training after the first year in one of the following areas: Critical Care Nursing, Community Health Nurse, Emergency Nurse, OB/GYN Nursing, Preoperative Nursing, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.
Nurses that choose to remain in the military as a career are also eligible to apply for a fully funded Masters program in one of the following areas: Anesthesia Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care Nursing, Nursing Administration, and more.
Interested students should contact the Army ROTC to learn more about Army Nursing opportunities and nursing scholarships. To find out more, visit the Army ROTC Nursing Web Site.