Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC)
Military Science is designed to enhance a student's education by providing unique leadership and management experience while preparing individuals, who by their education, inherent qualities, aptitude and interest, indicate a desire to receive a commission in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Students incur absolutely no obligation for future program involvement or military duty by enrolling in ROTC and taking the introductory courses during their first year and sophomore year. ROTC offers students several options to complete the program ranging from a short two years to the full four years. In order to enter the Advanced Course (junior and senior years of the program), the student must satisfactorily complete the Basic Course, the summer Leader Training Course, or receive constructive credit for prior military service/training.
Advice to students new to the program
First-Year students: There is no obligation for students who enroll in ROTC and take the first year course. First-year students begin the program by selecting MISC 101 or MISC 102, Introduction to Military Science. A student may enter the program at any time prior to the end of the sophomore year. Given the various points at which entry into the program is possible, perhaps the best way to start is with a call (717-245-1221/1222) or a visit to the department, located at 450 West High Street to obtain details about the program. No appointment is necessary. MISC 101, and 102 meet once per week for a one-hour period and orient the student to the various roles of Army officers. Specifically, it stresses self-development: written and oral communication skills, leadership, bearing, and self-confidence. The Military Science program maximizes student participation in class and a "hands-on” approach to training.
Transfer students: Non-academic credit received for ROTC involvement at other institutions is transferable. The type of advice given to transfer students is dependent on their class status (first-year, sophomore, etc.) at the time of their transfer to Dickinson. For this reason, transfer students interested in ROTC are advised to visit the Military Science department for program information. No appointment is needed.
Credit for prior military training
At the discretion of the department chairperson (the Professor of Military Science), students who have had prior military training through active service, high school or college ROTC, or service academy attendance, may receive up to two years of ROTC credit.
Recommended Courses and Requirements for Minors and Programs
In addition to the Military Science courses described above, advance course students must also take one course in American military history. More detail is available at the department’s website.
Credits toward graduation for Military Science courses
MISC 301 and 401 each provide one academic course credit; MISC 201 provides one-half academic course credit. MISC 101 and 102 provide one-half academic course. Students completing requirements for the basic course receive credit for one physical education block. Students completing the advanced course will receive credit for one additional physical education block.Please consult the Academic Bulletin for details on credits.
Army career: For those seeking a career in the Army, there is no better way to begin than with ROTC. It is certainly one of the more attractive options to becoming an officer, and program involvement does not remove the student from the mainstream of everyday life, which can be the case with the service academies.
Graduate school or educational delay: Opportunities for the career officer to attend graduate school at Army expense exist from approximately the fourth year of active service on. There also exists the possibility of attending graduate school immediately following graduation from Dickinson. However, this would be at the Army’s convenience and at the individual’s expense. There is, however, one exception. Individuals may apply for medical school scholarships. Historically, Dickinson graduates who have requested an educational delay to attend graduate school have been allowed up to a two-year delay prior to entering active duty (three years for those accepted into medical or law school).
Pay and allowances: For the student’s benefit, it is worth mentioning that a newly-commissioned second lieutenant entering into active duty will make approximately $48,000 during his/her first year of service including a variety of other benefits, including 30 days paid vacation per year.
All students who receive an ROTC commission incur an eight-year service obligation. The majority of students choose to serve four years on active duty upon graduation, followed by four years in the inactive reserve. Students, scholarship and non-scholarship, who have lined up good jobs in the civilian community before graduating and would prefer not to go on active duty for four years may request reserve forces duty. If approved, the student would serve only 3-6 months on active duty and the remainder of his/her obligation (7 ½ years) in an Army Reserve or Army National Guard unit.
Army career: Many recent graduates are serving on active duty as junior officers in the U.S. Army in a variety of capacities and locations throughout the world (including Hawaii, Korea, Panama, and Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan). Some graduates who specifically requested reserve forces duty as opposed to active duty were commissioned in either the Army Reserve or National Guard. Also, all recent requests for an educational delay to pursue a professional or master's degree have been honored.
Departmental instructors: Military Science Instructors are seasoned active duty commissioned and non-commissioned officers who normally spend two to three years at Dickinson.
Army ROTC Global Preparedness Certificate
Students who meet the following requirements will receive notation on their transcript at graduation that they have completed a Global Preparedness Certificate:
- All current requirements of the U.S. Army ROTC curriculum;
- Study of a foreign language - preferably, but not limited to, the critical languages of Arabic, Chinese and Russian through the intermediate level;
- Study at a non-US, Dickinson approved site for at least a semester -preferably a year - and where feasible, housing with a host family;
- Complete all requirements for the Security Studies Certificate (note: students will not earn both certificates).