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Army ROTC at Mount Aloysius College

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, commonly known as ROTC, teaches students leadership and management skills that help prepare them for successful careers—in the US Army or in civilian life.

ROTC is considered a college elective; students are not joining the Army by enrolling. But upon graduation, students who have completed the ROTC course become commissioned officers in the Army.

The ROTC program has two phases: The Basic Course, usually taken during the freshman and sophomore years, involves the study of Army history, organization, structure and basic military skills, such as rifle marksmanship, first aid training and land navigation. The Advanced Course, taken in the junior and senior years, focuses on tactical operations and military instruction. Stressed throughout the courses are management, leadership and command techniques.

In addition to being useful in both military and civilian careers, skills gained through the ROTC program are highly sought after by a wide range of employers.


Army ROTC provides several scholarships each year to motivated students willing to serve their country as an Army officer.

The scholarships are granted on a competitive basis. Army ROTC scholarships are entirely merit based. Scholarships may be available in two-, three- and four-year packages. All scholarships used at Mount Aloysius College pay 100 percent tuition and fees, a book allowance ($1,200 per year), and a tax-free monthly stipend ($300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors and $500 for seniors for ten months per year). Two- and three-year, on-campus scholarships may be available. Any college freshman or sophomore may apply for one of these on-campus scholarships. Please contact the Enrollment and Scholarship Officer for availability and eligibility at Cadets eligible for post 9-11 GI Bill® benefits may use those benefits in conjunction with any of the stated scholarships.


Students must meet the general criteria listed below to be eligible for an Army ROTC two-, three- or four-year merit scholarship at Mount Aloysius College. Detailed criteria are prescribed in a number of Army publications.

Students may be offered scholarships conditionally while awaiting final determination of eligibility. (The most common reason for such conditional offers is the scheduling of medical examinations and the resolution of potential medical disqualifiers.)

Scholarship applications are also available on request. Four-year national scholarships can be filed on line.


  1. Be a citizen of the United States.
  2. Be at least seventeen years of age by October 1 of the year of enrollment as a scholarship cadet.
  3. Be under twenty-seven years of age on June 30 of the calendar year in which eligible for appointment as a second lieutenant.
  4. Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction (no felony convictions).
  5. Pass a medical exam reviewed by the DoD Medical Examination and Review Board.
  6. Pass an Army Physical Fitness Test.
  7. Have minimum qualifying SAT/ACT scores: SAT: 920 composite, ACT: 19 composite.
  8. Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate.
  9. Be accepted for enrollment by the Mount Aloysius Admissions Office.
  10. Have at least two academic years remaining at Mount Aloysius College. (These may include graduate study.)
  11. Two-year and three-year scholarship applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  12. Agree to accept a commission as an officer in the Regular Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve.
  13. Pursue a Department of the Army-approved academic discipline.
  14. Have no moral obligations or personal conviction that will prevent you from:
  15. Supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
  16. Conscientiously bearing arms.


Students have two opportunities to be considered for four-year scholarships. They may apply as high school seniors, submitting their applications to the national headquarters. Or, they may apply after arrival on campus.


High school students submit scholarship applications to the Army ROTC National Headquarters. These are screened for basic eligibility requirements and then forwarded electronically to the student’s preferred schools as indicated on the application.

Students who indicate Mount Aloysius College as one of their top choices will be considered by a board convened by our professor of Military Science. The processes of this board will include file reviews and phone or in-person interviews when possible. The results of the board, including the names of those selected for scholarships and an order of merit listing of alternates, will be forwarded to Army ROTC National Headquarters. Scholarships will then be offered based on the board results and within assigned allocations. Should any scholarship selectee decline the offer or be disqualified from eligibility prior to the beginning of the school year, the highest ranking alternate will be offered the scholarship.

Note: The scholarship application requires applicants to complete an on-line survey and face-to-face interview with an ROTC officer or noncommissioned officer on any campus. Applicants should contact the most convenient ROTC unit to coordinate this interview. Applicants should plan roughly two hours on site to complete this requirement.


Students who were not awarded four-year scholarships or did not apply for a scholarship while in high school may apply for three-year and two-year on-campus scholarships. Students must submit these applications directly to their enrollment and scholarship officer, rather than to the Army ROTC National Headquarters. On-campus applicants are screened locally by our enrollment and scholarship officer and then scheduled for DoD physicals. If we have remaining allocations, scholarship offers are made immediately. If not, we submit the applicant’s file to our regional headquarters with a request for additional funding.


Contact our enrollment and scholarship officer for information regarding special United States Army Reserve and Army National Guard scholarships. These scholarship programs include Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty–USAR; Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty–ARNG; Dedicated ARNG (three-year); and Dedicated ARNG (two-year). Cadets that receive a Dedicated or GRFD scholarship are obligated to serve in the National Guard or the United States Army Reserves upon graduation.

Cadets awarded a Dedicated or GRFD scholarship receive all of the following benefits:

  • 100 percent tuition: All tuition is paid for at Mount Aloysius as well as at our partner schools.
  • Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA): $4,500 annually
  • State Education Assistance Program: $5,554 annually (National Guard Scholarship only; must complete basic training)
  • Book stipend: $1,200 annually
  • Drill pay as an E-5: approximately $5,000 annually
  • Cadet stipend: Sophomore, $3,500; Junior, $4,500; Senior, $5,000 annually

Additionally, cadets awarded a GRFD scholarship and who have completed basic training and AIT are eligible the following:

  • Montgomery GI Bill®: $3,335 annually
  • Montgomery GI Bill Kicker®: $3,335 annually

*The Montgomery GI Bill® benefits are not available for Dedicated Scholarship winners.


Students may participate in Army ROTC without a scholarship. These students, upon contracting at the beginning of the junior year, will incur a three-year Active Duty Service Obligation, in lieu of the four-year obligation assumed by scholarship recipients. Non-scholarship contracted cadets receive the same monthly tax-free stipend. Cadets also receive pay, room and board, and reimbursement for travel expenses when participating in Advanced Camp and other summer leadership development programs.

Career Information
Army officers lead people, travel the world, and get things done, all while earning a professional salary, enjoying a great quality of life, and building a secure financial future for themselves and their families.

After entering the Army, you’ll be assigned to a branch of the Army based on your education and experiences, your stated preference, and the Army’s needs.

Combat Arms Branches


The Infantry encompasses positions concerned with the employment of the combined arms to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver in order to destroy or capture him, or repel his assault by fire, close combat, and counterattack. Infantry forces fight dismounted or mounted according to the mobility means provided. They form the nucleus of the Army’s fighting strength around which the other arms and services are grouped.

Air Defense Artillery

Air Defense Artillery encompasses positions concerned with the employment of a family of Air Defense Artillery weapons in support of military land combat operations and against enemy aircraft and missile attacks. Depending upon the mission, Air Defense Artillery units are found defending the ground-gaining combat arms units or critical units/areas against enemy air attack. When not in combat, Air Defense Artillery units maintain an around-the-clock state of readiness to respond immediately to hostile action.


The Armor encompasses positions concerned with the employment of the Armor/Cavalry maneuver forces and combined arms organizations during mobile combat operations. Armor’s mission is to close with and destroy the enemy using fire, maneuver, and shock action. The dynamism that distinguished the cavalry of yesteryear is now the hallmark of the Armor, the Combat Arm of Decision. Armor Officers command the World’s Best Main Battle Tank, The M1A1 Abrams!


Aviation is a combat arms branch which encompasses 80 percent of the commissioned officer operational flying positions within the Army (less those in Aviation Material Management and Medical Service Corps). Army Aviation is concerned with the accomplishment of the assigned mission to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations. Upon completion of flight training, the newly rated officer can expect leadership positions with aviation units which will be challenging.

Corps of Engineers

The Corps of Engineers is a Combat Arms Branch which also has combat support and combat service support roles. Engineer officers plan and execute missions relating to engineer support on the battlefield in light, heavy, airborne, and topographic missions. They coordinate and control all facilities and housing support at military installations. Additionally, the engineer officer serves as the Army’s component to the Department of Defense (DOD) team charged with mapping, charting, geodesy, and military geographic responsibilities.

Field Artillery

The Field Artillery is the King of Battle. They are sound leaders of soldiers as well as astute managers of the most deadly resources on the modern battlefield. They blend a knowledge of tactics and a technical expertise of many weapons systems to provide all types of fire support to the ground-gaining arms. They are experts in the capabilities of cannons, rockets, missiles, naval gunfire, and close air support.

Special Forces

Special Forces is a nonaccession branch (eligible after promotion to Captain) which encompasses positions concerned with the employment of highly specialized Army units and elements to accomplish specific missions throughout the levels of warfare. They conduct the missions of unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, strategic reconnaissance, and counterterrorism. Special Forces unit members are airborne qualified, language trained and area oriented. Since potential missions are worldwide, soldiers train in forest, desert, mountain, arctic, jungle, and urban environments.

Combat Support Branches

Chemical Corps

The Chemical Corps encompasses functions which are primarily oriented toward operations, training, scientific development, and acquisition activities in support of nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) defense program. The Chemical Corps provides the Army with a highly trained corps of NBC defense and operational experts.

Signal Corps

Signal Corps officers must blend together combat leadership skills and technical proficiency as they plan and manage information systems that support the command and control of the Army’s forces. Signal officer assignments and career opportunities are diverse and challenging. They direct and control the installation, operations, maintenance, and reconfiguration of networks of information systems for theater/tactical, strategic, and sustaining base operations and the operation of the Army portion of the global defense communications systems.

Military Intelligence Corps

Military Intelligence encompasses the application and integration of all Military Intelligence functions at both the tactical and strategic levels. Officers serving in this specialty plan, conduct, and supervise intelligence collection resources, analysis of the resultant raw intelligence information, and the production and dissemination of finished all-source intelligence in the form of briefings and written reports to the ultimate consumer, the commander.

Military Police Corps

The Military Police Corps encompasses positions concerned with Military Police (MP) support to combat operations, law enforcement, security of U.S. Government resources, criminal investigation, and corrections. The combat support role provides a vital link in our national defense, and the MPs provide the tactical commander with a force that is highly organized, trained, and responsive to the battlefield commander. Military Police also serve as peacekeeping forces in a low-intensity conflict and provide security in war and peace to critical Army facilities and resources.

Combat Service Support Branches

Adjutant General’s Corps

Officers in the Adjutant General’s Corps serve at all organization levels of the Army where they plan, develop, and operate the Army’s personnel management support systems: a vital responsibility in both peace and war. Personnel systems include all life cycle functions such as personnel requisitioning, reassignments, evaluations, promotions, awards and decorations, reenlistment, casualty reporting, strength accounting, and replacement operations. Administrative systems management includes courier and postal services. As a member of the Army band, officers coordinate band activities for the command and conduct technical inspections to evaluate the operational status, capability, and proficiency of command bands.

Finance Corps

All officers commissioned in the Finance Corps (FI) serve in a variety of financial management and leadership positions in today’s Army. The ultimate mission of the FI is to support the soldiers and commanders in the field and provide the Army with expertise concerning all aspects of financial management. Finance officers are required to be both technically and tactically proficient to perform their mission in wartime as well as peacetime. They must continuously develop their professional skills and knowledge in order to stay abreast of evolving doctrine and stay current in the finance and accounting profession.

Ordnance Corps

The purpose of the Ordnance Corps is to develop, produce, acquire, and support weapons systems, ammunition, missiles and ground mobility material during peace and war in order to provide combat power for the U.S. Army. The Ordnance Branch encompasses all functions related to the life cycle management of its three commodities: tank/automotive materiel, munitions materiel, and missile materiel.

Quartermaster Corps

The Quartermaster Corps offers a broad spectrum of opportunities. The Quartermaster Corps officer plans and directs the activities of Army units and organizations engaged in the acquisition, receipt, storage, preservation, and issue of equipment, repair parts, fortification/construction material, subsistence, petroleum products, water, and other general supplies.

Transportation Corps

Transportation Corps encompasses those positions related to the multi-modal movement of personnel and cargo over land, sea, and air.

Special Branches:

Judge Advocate Generals Corps

The Judge Advocate General’s Corps is a special branch of the Army whose officers are all lawyers. Their duties include all areas of legal practice including criminal law, administrative and civil law, contract law, and international law.

Chaplain Corps

The Chaplains Branch is a special branch which has the primary mission to perform or provide for comprehensive religious support for soldiers and their family members in war and peace. Chaplains assist commanders in facilitating the right to free exercise of religion for all personnel. Chaplains are commissioned officers and accredited clergy endorsed by a recognized denomination or faith group for the military ministry.

Medical Corps

The Medical Corps is a part of the Army Medical Department and is a special branch of the Army. There are three functional areas in the Army Medical Corps: Clinical Medicine, Staff and Command, and Research.

Medical Service Corps

The Medical Service Corps is a special branch of the Army and is one of the branches of the Army Medical Department. Officers of this branch provide administrative, operational, logistical, technical, and scientific support for the Army Medical Department in the accomplishment of its mission ” to conserve the fighting strength.” The Corps is organized into four sections: Pharmacy Supply and Administration (PS&A).

Dental Corps

The Dental Corps is a special branch of the Army. The Corps consists of commissioned officers who are doctors of dental surgery or dental medicine. Their mission is to conserve the fighting strength by preserving oral health, treating oral disease, and supporting the combat medical mission.

Veterinary Corps

The Veterinary Corps is a part of the Army Medical Department and is a special branch of the Army. The Corps directs its activities toward four areas: veterinary food inspection and hygiene, animal medical care, veterinary preventive medicine, and research and development.

Army Medical Specialist Corps

The Army Medical Specialist Corps is a part of the Army Medical Department and is a special branch of the Army. The Nutrition Care Section, Physical Therapist Section, and the Occupational Therapist Section make up the Medical Specialist Corps.

Army Nurse Corps

The Army Nurse Corps is a part of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and is a special branch of the Army. The mission of the Army Nurse Corps is to provide quality nursing support and nursing leadership. To fulfil its mission, the Army Nurse Corps officers specialize as nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists and serve as staff officers at all levels throughout the AMEDD.  Army ROTC has a program specially designed for Nursing Cadets that augments the curriculum of a standard nursing program.

No matter what branch you choose, you won’t find yourself spending twenty or thirty years doing one job behind a desk. The Army will give you the opportunity to perform different jobs every two or three years. The rotation process enables every Army officer to become qualified in his or her branch.

As your job assignments change, so will your job locations. It’s very possible that during the course of your career, you’ll live and work in several regions of the world. You’ll lead, and you’ll train young soldiers who joined the Army to learn a skill, continue their education, or simply grow as individuals. By helping them achieve their goals, you’ll be serving the country as you help them serve.

As you serve, the Army will give you many opportunities to continue your education, including earning your master’s or doctorate in your chosen fields.

Whether you serve three years or thirty, you’ll leave the Army proud of what you achieved and be ready for the next phase in your career.


By enrolling in MAC ROTC, are you joining the Army?

No. Students who enroll in ROTC don’t join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It’s considered a college elective.

Is MAC Army ROTC like “basic training” or “boot camp”?

No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree. Cadets are not required to attend basic training in order to complete the necessary requirements to earn a commission in the United States Army.

What can students expect to learn by taking MAC Army ROTC?

Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or to have a successful civilian career.

What makes MAC Army ROTC different from regular college leadership/management courses?

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and “practical” exercises.

Is there a military obligation during college?

During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation.

What is the ROTC course composed of?

The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) studies Army history, organization, structure, and basic military skills, such as basic rifle marksmanship, first aid training, and land navigation. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course (junior and senior years) concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

Does MAC Army ROTC offer scholarships?

Yes. ROTC awards scholarships to eligible cadets based on merit. Scholarships awarded can be four-, three-, or two-year scholarships.

How much money does MAC Army ROTC usually award, and what does the money go towards?

A MAC Army ROTC Scholarship pays full tuition and fees to include a monthly spending allowance of $420, and a semester book allowance of $600.

On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they’re awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government, or part-time work.

Can only scholarship winners enroll in MAC Army ROTC?

No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC, regardless of whether you’re a scholarship winner or not, and all equipment is furnished at no cost to you.

How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded once a year for high school students. Students apply by December 15, and selections are made continuously through May 15. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between March 1 and November 1. Also, if you are already on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships are often available.

How do students benefit from MAC Army ROTC?

  • Guaranteed management job after graduation
  • Average of $55,000 starting salary (Second Lieutenant salary with Housing Allowance and Subsistance Allowance)
  • $420 monthly stipend while in ROTC (Must be contracted)
  • Compete for 100% Tuition Scholarships (2, 3, or 4 year scholarships)
  • Compete for summer Army Specialty Schools (Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare, etc)
  • Compete for summer Cultural Understanding and Learning Proficiency (4 weeks training with a foreign military)
  • Compete for Nurse Summer Training Program (Nurse Majors Only)
  • Can simultaneously be a member of the Army National Guard or the Army Reserve while in ROTC
  • May elect to attend Basic Combat Training in the summer after Freshman or Sophomore year
  • Non-Deployable while in ROTC
  • Obtain a Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance (Must be Contracted)


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