Military Science

The Hofstra Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program qualifies students for appointment as an officer of the United States 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 Army Second Lieutenant. Hofstra is a host university for the ROTC program on Long Island. Being a host university, several universities from Long Island fall under Hofstra's ROTC program to include students from:

Students from these universities are encouraged to join the ROTC program.

For information, please call 877-463-ROTC or visit us in Room 135 Oak Street Center. (Campus directions.)

If you are an alum who is a commissioned officer (active, reserve, or retired), please send us an email with your graduation information for historical purposes.

About the Department

Army ROTC provides college students the skills and leadership training to become officers in the United States Active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.

Cadets develop maturity, responsibility, leadership ability, self-confidence, and other qualities essential to success in any field. The program stresses written and oral communication, physical training, first aid, land navigation, and ethics.

Upon successful completion of ROTC, cadets receive commissions as second lieutenants in one of the Army's specialized branches.


  • Two, three, and four-year scholarships that cover full tuition and fees or room and board are available to qualified applicants and cadets
  • $1,200 annually for books and expenses
  • $300-$500 (per month) tax-exempt spending allowance for contracted cadets
  • Commission as a second lieutenant


First-years and sophomores enroll in a ½-credit course, which meets for 3 ½ hours for one day a week. In the classroom portion of instruction, they study subjects including leadership, team building, problem-solving, and oral communication. During the lab portion of the curriculum, they receive training on first aid, land navigation, tactics, marching, and marksmanship.

Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) three days a week in the morning. Cadets learn how to conduct PT to the Army standard while increasing their flexibility, endurance, muscular strength, and aerobic capacity.

In addition to the classroom, lab instruction, and PT, cadets participate in one Field Training Exercise (FTX) over a weekend per semester. Cadets receive more in-depth training on subjects covered in class and lab. In addition, they are given the opportunity to go to a rifle marksmanship range, to rappel, and to train with cadets from neighboring schools.

Juniors and seniors enroll in a 3-credit course that meets for 1 ½ hours for one day a week in addition to the 3 ½ hour course that first-years and sophomores attend. They study subjects including advanced leadership and management, small-unit tactics, and military ethics.


No obligation during first and sophomore years for non-scholarship cadets.

Commissioned second lieutenants serve on active, reserve or National Guard duty.

To join Army ROTC, you must be:

  • Age requirement: Maximum 30 years of age for scholarships
  • Age requirement: Maximum 34 years of age for non-scholarships (exceptions considered)
  • A U.S. citizen in good health
  • A first-year or sophomore
  • A full-time college student
  • To join you must be an undergraduate or graduate with two years remaining.

Partnership Program

Students enrolled at Adelphi University, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Stony Brook, Molloy College, C.W. Post, NYIT, Old Westbury, Nassau and Suffolk community colleges, and other colleges on Long Island may, and often do, enroll in ROTC at Hofstra. Cadets from the same or nearby schools often carpool to training.

Hofstra University was founded in 1935 as Long Island’s first coeducational and private non-affiliated liberal arts college. Hofstra is in Hempstead, Long Island, a large suburb east of New York City. The Task Force Havoc ROTC Battalion has been on campus since 1951. In 2000, the battalion moved from the densely populated academic area located at Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, near the Hofstra Law Library and Au Bon Pain, to the David S. Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus. Classes for first-years and sophomores are conducted on Thursdays from 2:20 to 3:45 p.m. Classes for juniors and seniors are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20 to 3:45 p.m. Leadership lab for all cadets is held once a week, usually on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Some leadership labs are held on Saturday mornings. Physical training is conducted three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Hofstra ROTC at SUNY Stony Brook

Task Force Havoc began teaching class at SUNY Stony Brook in 2006 supported by the SUNY Stony Brook ROTC Club. These classes support students at Stony Brook and the other schools on Eastern Long Island such as Suffolk Community College. Classes are taught in the Social and Behavioral Science Building from 10 a.m. to noon. Leadership lab is held on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Colleen Burgemaster

LTC Colleen Burgemaster
Professor of Military Science/Department Chair
Phone: 516-463-5648
Office: Room 109 Oak Street Center 

Robert Vetter

MSG Robert Vetter
Senior Military Instructor
Phone: 516-463-6031
Office: Room 020 Oak Street Center 

Ketric Wilson

CPT Ketric Wilson
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Phone: 516-463-6380

Jordan Puryear

CPT Jordan Puryear
Military Science Instructor
Phone: 516-463-7595

Dillion Dupre

SFC Dillon Dupre
Military Science Instructor
Phone: 516-452-6502
Office: Room 018 Oak Street Center 

Wilfred Massidas

Wilfred R. Massidas
Enrollment and Scholarship Officer
Phone: 516-463-7682
Office: Room 134 Oak Street Center 

Jennifer Wilkinson

Jennifer Wilkinson
Human Resource Specialist
Phone: 516-463-5311
Office: Room 022 Oak Street Center 

Shenelle Cummings-Johnson

Shenelle Cummings-Johnson
Supply Technician
Phone: 516-463-6501

Shari Greenberg

Shari Greenberg
Phone: 516-463-5648
Office: Room 135 Oak Street Center 

MAJ James Vaz

MAJ James Vaz
Phone: 516-463-5648

The United States Army has many opportunities in a wide array of career fields - check them out!


AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY (ADA) - Protects and defends the third dimension-AIRSPACE-against aircraft and missiles with systems such as the Patriot and Stinger. Click here to visit Fort Bliss - The Home of ADA.


AVIATION (AV) - The largest air force in our nation, including transport, utility, scout, and attack helicopters. Aviation officers serve in all aspects associated with flight operations. Click here to visit Fort Rucker - The Home of Aviation.

ARMOR (AR) - The heritage of the U.S. Horse Cavalry. This is the Mounted Arm of Decision and the proponent for Scouts and Reconnaissance. Click here to visit Fort Benning-The Home of the Armor.

INFANTRY (IN) - Forms the nucleus of the Army's fighting strength. The mission is to maintain a state of readiness in preparation for combat worldwide. Click here to visit Fort Benning - The Home of the Infantry.

FIELD ARTILLERY (FA) - This is the fire support branch of cannons, rockets, and missiles. This branch also coordinates all supporting fires of artillery, air power, and naval gunfire. Click here to visit Fort Sill - The Home of Field Artillery.

ENGINEERS (EN) - This area includes such fields as combat, construction, topographic, civil works, environmental engineering, and other specialties. Click here to visit Fort Leonard Wood - The Home of the Engineer Corps.

MILITARY POLICE (MP) - MP officers must be prepared to conduct wartime rear area operations as well as peacetime law enforcement, criminal investigation, counterterrorism, physical security, and corrections. Click here to visit Fort Leonard Wood - The Home of the Military Police.

MILITARY INTELLIGENCE (MI) One of the largest branches with specialties in tactical intelligence, counterintelligence, signals and electronic intelligence security, surveillance, and aerial reconnaissance. Click here to visit Fort Huachuca- The Home of the Military Intelligence.

SIGNAL (SC) To function, an Army must communicate. The Army uses all types of radio and cellular phone technology as well as satellites, lasers, and computer systems. Assignments range from the tactical level to the White House Communications Agency. Click here to visit Fort Gordon - The Home of Signal.

CHEMICAL (CM) - This area includes assignments in operations, logistics, training, intelligence, research, and analysis. Click here to visit Fort McClellan - The Home of Chemical.

ADJUTANT GENERAL (AG) These are the personnel people for the Army. AG officers manage all personnel systems within the Army that impact on unit readiness, morale, and career patterns. Click here to visit Fort Jackson-The Home of the Adjutant General Corps.

TRANSPORTATION (TC) - This includes all activities to move people, equipment, and supplies to include all land, sea, and air transport systems. Click here to visit Fort Eustis - The Home of the transportation Corps.

FINANCE (FC) These are the money and pay people for the soldiers. All aspects of pay, allowances, accounting, and contracting involve finance officers. (Role requires a degree in business, accounting, or computer science.) Click here to visit Fort Jackson-The Home of the Finance.

QUARTERMASTER (QM) - The "Sustainers of the Army" plan and direct all activities that provide food, water, petroleum, repair parts, weapon systems, and field services (laundry, telephone, parachute rigging, etc.) to soldiers. Click here to visit Fort Lee - The Home of Quartermaster.

ORDINANCE (OD) - The largest branch that develops, produces, acquires, and supports the Army's weapon systems, ammunition, missiles, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. Specialties are Tank/Automotive, Missile/Electronics, and Munitions material management as well as Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD). Click here to visit Fort Lee-The Home of the Ordinance Corps.

ARMY NURSE CORPS (ANC) A Bachelor of Science in Nursing also makes you an officer and a leader in the ANC. All ANC officers are trained in clinical specialties such as intensive care, operating room nursing, community health and environmental science, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatric nursing. Most Army nurses who choose to remain in the service after their initial obligation go on to earn advanced degrees in nurse anesthesia, nurse midwifery, healthcare administration, and other master's degree programs, as well as doctoral study in nursing science, education, or administration.

MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS (MEDSERVE) The supply and administration section includes positions at all medical facilities in supply and administration as well as tactical assignments. Medical Air Evacuation pilots are subcategory of this branch.

MEDICAL SPECIALIST CORPS (MSC) These are the Army's dietitians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

ADVANCED DEGREE BRANCHES MEDICAL CORPS These doctors of the Army come from medical schools across the nation including the military's own Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine.

DENTAL CORPS - Members must have a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine.

MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS - This area includes pharmacy, optometry, and podiatry.

VETERINARY CORPS - Management and care of laboratory animals, biomedical research, food hygiene and nutritional quality, and preventive medicine.

JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL (JAG) - This officer provides legal services for the Army and its soldiers. JAG officers serve as prosecutors and defense attorneys in military, state, and federal courts. Must be a graduate of an accredited law school.

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 coursework, cadets will take one ROTC academic class each semester. ROTC training should not interfere with any of the coursework that needs to be completed for other academic classes. Students and soldiers that are interested in the Army ROTC program are encouraged contact Enrollment and Scholarship Officer Wilfred Massidas at 516-463-7682 or via email to learn more about the program.

High School Students

High school students interested in money for school should fill out an Army ROTC application to compete for a four-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.

College Students

The recommended track for completing the ROTC commissioning program is to begin the first semester of the first year of college. 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.

Prior Service Soldiers

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 of the four years required of the 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 the program to allow time for application and medical processing.

Guard and Reserve Members

Army National Guard and Reserve members often find that Army ROTC is a great way to further their Army careers. Students attend all their classes for their major and include one Army ROTC course while continuing to drill with their units. Once students are contracted with ROTC, they will become part of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). As members of the SMP, soldiers will drill as cadets in their unit and shadow an officer. The SMP program is designed to give cadets the opportunity to gain hands-on leadership experiences while progressing through the ROTC program.

Nursing Students

The Army, like the civilian community, needs highly qualified nurses. Students that plan to receive a bachelor's degree 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 second lieutenant in the Army.

Once 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 master's 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 website.

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 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 and the advanced courses. 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 officers and who have met the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the advanced 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 advanced 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 Leader’s Training course held during the summer between their sophomore and junior years of college. Students who complete this training can then enroll in the advanced course.

Active Army veterans, members of the National Guard, and Army Reserves may qualify for credit for the basic course and be enrolled directly into the advanced 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.

Courses MS 1C and 1D, and 2C and 2D (totaling 2 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. The 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 chair.

Through the Ranger Challenge program, cadets participate in a tough mental and physical competition, enhance their leadership skills, develop team cohesion, and foster healthy competition among ROTC battalions. Each year, top cadets from around the country gather to compete against one another. Training for this intensive competition is six weeks long.

Work Out with the Ranger Challenge Team!

Even if you do not want to join the Ranger Challenge team, you are encouraged to work out and prepare with the team. These workouts will improve your leadership abilities, military skills, and physical fitness.
The events conducted during the competition are:

  • The Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Patrolling Written Examination
  • Orienteering (Land Navigation)
  • BRM (Basic Rifle Marksmanship)
  • M16 Disassembly and Assembly
  • One Rope Bridge Assembly and Crossing
  • Obstacle Course
  • 10K RUCK Run
  • Hand Grenade Assault Course


"To foster a spirit of friendship and cooperation among men in the military department and to maintain a highly efficient drill company." This is the purpose of the Pershing Rifles as propounded by its distinguished founder in the early 1890s.

In 1891, General Pershing, then a second lieutenant in the Sixth Cavalry, became professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Nebraska. Wishing to improve the morale of the ROTC unit, he formed a select company of men known as Company A.

In 1892, this company won the maiden competition at the Omaha Competition. In 1893, the special drill company became a fraternal organization bearing the name of "Varsity Rifles." In 1894, in appreciation of the initiative and cooperation of Lt. Pershing, the organization changed its name to "Pershing Rifles."

When Pershing left Nebraska in 1895, he, at the request of a committee, gave the company a pair of his cavalry breeches. These breeches were cut into small pieces and were worn on the uniform as a sign of membership. These "ribbons" were the first service ribbons ever worn in the United States.

During the Spanish-American War, 30 members of the (now powerful) Pershing Rifles enlisted in the first Nebraska volunteers. W. H. Oury, captain of the Pershing Rifles, now a full colonel in the regular Army, was placed in command. Another Pershing Rifles member by the name of Robbins was made the first sergeant. He later achieved a high position in the war department. Every one of the 30 members distinguished themselves in the ensuing battles.

From 1900 to 1911, Pershing Rifles reached the height of its existence prior to World War II. It was one of the most important features of Nebraska military and social life. Membership was a great military honor. Its influence in the military department continued strong until 1911.

After 1911, the organization suddenly lost prestige and declined deplorably. Its activity suddenly seemed to cease. The organization became a mere shadow of itself. Its military influence plummeted, and its social activities dropped.

In 1917, the conditions became so bad that the organization was disbanded, and its records were burned. Thus, in seven short years, this promising organization had passed from national renown to oblivion.

In 1920, Pershing Rifles was reborn. Out of the ashes of the organization, which had died of its own weight in 1917, there sprang a corps with new life and activity. But it was obvious the prestige of the early 1900s was missing.

As originally organized in 1920, Pershing Rifles was an organization for junior officers. However, it soon regained its status as a basic military society. The presence of Scabbard and Blade on the Nebraska campus probably prevented its growth as an officers' organization.

The growth of Pershing Rifles after its reorganization is as remarkable as its former decline. It stepped back into its old niche and strove to grow big enough to fill it again. By 1924, it had regained some of its lost prestige. Special drill companies all over the country began to seek admittance into Pershing Rifles.

The present National Honorary Society of Pershing Rifles owes its existence to Ohio State University. In the fall of 1922, a group of men in advanced courses got together and formed "The President's Guard." It was named in honor of William Oxely Thompson, president of Ohio State University. The President's Guard gave an exhibition drill on Military Field Day in the spring of 1923. After this exhibition, the company disbanded. In the fall of the same year, it was reorganized by the captain of the local Scabbard and Blade chapter and basic men were admitted.

This new organization was too loosely organized and too closely allied to the regular drill for the company to stand alone. In the spring of 1925, it applied for affiliation with Pershing Rifles. The Nebraska organization refused. The Ohio State group, seeing the need for a national organization for basic men, threatened to nationalize the President's Guard and leave Nebraska out of it if the two organizations could not work together. Finally, after a lapse in negotiations over a year, the Nebraska organization approved the formal application of the Ohio State organization. This application was dated May 13, 1925. The chapter was installed on May 22, 1925, by John A. Picker, colonel of Pershing Rifles. Thus, was inaugurated a new policy in Pershing Rifles.

In 1927, the University of Tennessee's crack drill unit was granted a charter by the national headquarters. This group was designated Company C and was established under the influence of Scabbard and Blade of that school. From this time until 1929, the Nebraska unit concentrated on the establishment of a strong local unit rather than a weak national organization, figuring that if the local unit was made strong, a national organization could be easily organized. Due to this program, Pershing Rifles at Nebraska even surpassed its Spanish-American War greatness.

In 1928, the national headquarters was established at the University of Nebraska. This laid the foundation for a strong national unit. In the summer of the same year, several circulars were sent to other universities, besides those already having Pershing Rifles units, inviting their crack units to apply for charters from the national headquarters. Those who knew of the relative value of Pershing Rifles as an organization that was capable of promoting interest in drill work for basic drill students heeded the circulars. During that summer, officers attached to the schools with Pershing Rifles chapters met with officers from other institutions, granting the organization good publicity.