Northeastern University
The leadership and management skills learned while in ROTC will enable cadets to succeed in whatever career they pursue. Northeastern University ROTC currently has cadets who major in everything from Fine Arts and Political Science to Physical Therapy and Mechanical Engineering. • In addition to the national scholarship program, on-campus scholarships are also available to qualified university applicants. • ROTC cadets are not

ROTC Cadets are often in the top in their class.

The leadership and management skills learned while in ROTC will enable cadets to succeed in whatever career they pursue. Northeastern University ROTC currently has cadets who major in everything from Fine Arts and Political Science to Physical Therapy and Mechanical Engineering. • In addition to the national scholarship program, on-campus scholarships are also available to qualified university applicants. • ROTC cadets are not "in the Army." Non-scholarship MSI and MSII cadets (typically freshman and sophomores, respectively) may withdraw without incurring any military service-obligation. • ROTC does not interfere with cadets' regular college program, but in fact it complements campus life. Many cadets in the Liberty Battalion choose to participate in other on-campus programs, such as varsity and club sports, student government, and other student organizations of the many available at NU. • ROTC is not a major, but a series of elective courses.

“ When cadets aren’t doing school/ROTC related activities we usually all hang out socially and go to dinner, walk around Boston, play basketball, see movies and just generally hang out together. ”

Cadet Sarah Beecy,Chester, New Hampshire

See how interesting college can be when you're a part of Army ROTC. You'll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there's a key difference: you'll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

In addition, each battalion has its own unique calendar of events and activities.

Learn more about Events and Activities

Why should I join ROTC?

For students looking for a chance to serve their country, pay for college,and find a rewarding job after graduation, ROTC is the smartest college course you can take. ROTC offers you leadership training you cannot find anywhere else. While you're in school, you have the opportunity to compete for merit scholarships, and take part in activities that are both challenging and fun. After graduation, you will have an exciting part-time or full-time job and an Army leader, supervising as many as forty soldiers. Whether you plan to serve a few years, or make the military career, ROTC will set you up for success.

 

How much of a time commitment is ROTC?

  • Physical Training: Three one-hour sessions each week (does not conflict with any classes)
  • Classes: One one-hour class each week (normally scheduled not to conflict with any classes)
  • Field Training: One weekend each semester

In addition, cadets attend a one-month summer training exercise at Fort Lewis, Washington, between Junior and Senior years.

What are the requirements for joining ROTC?

  • US Citizenship
  • Under 27 years old at the time of commissioning (30 years of age for cadets with prior military experience)
  • Ability to pass a physical test
  • Medically qualified (contact our office for details on specific conditions)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (college) or 1000 combined SAT scores (19 ACT)
  • No moral obligation or personal conviction that will prevent them from supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States, and conscientiously bearing arms.

 

How much is the scholarship? What does it cover?

  • Boston College: Full tuition, full board
  • Northeastern University: Full tuition
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology: Full tuition, full room
  • All others: Full tuition
  • Stipends: $300-$500 per month for contracted cadets.
  • $450 per academic semester toward books.

 

How long will I have to serve after graduation?

  • Active Duty, scholarship: 4 years Active Duty + 4 years Reserves
  • Active Duty, non-scholarship: 3 years Active Duty + 5 years Reserves
  • Reserve/National Guard, scholarship: 8 years
  • Reserve/National Guard, non-scholarship: 8 years

 

If I join ROTC, am I joining the Army?

No, Military Science is an academic department on campus, and ROTC training is like another elective. ROTC cadets who are not contracted have no obligationto be in the military, and can leave the program at any time. Additionally, cadets do not attend Basic Training, and cannot be deployed. (Note: SMP cadetscan be mobilized for state-level emergencies only)

Do I wear uniforms to class?

Cadets wear BDUs (camouflage) to classes one day each week. It's a way fo rROTC cadets to show their pride in being part of the Army, practice wearing the uniform, and increase campus awareness of the program.

 

Can I attend airborne school?

Yes. Each year, the Liberty Battalion sends 5-7 cadets to Army Airborne school, and another 1-2 to Air Assault school or Northern Warfare school. These schools are voluntary, and very competitive.

 

Can I stay in my reserve unit?

Yes. Cadets in the Simultaneous Membership Program can take part in ROTC and receive E-5 drill pay with their unit. Contact our office for details.

I’m a sophomore. Can I still join?

Yes. Sophomores, and Middlers at Northeastern, can still join ROTC, compete for scholarships, and graduate on schedule. These cadets may need to attend the Leader's Training Course to catch-up on the first two years of training and information.

I’m a varsity athlete. Can I join?

Yes. In fact, you may be able to get a waiver from taking part in ROTC physical training.

 

Can I still go on CO-OP? Can I do Study Abroad?

Yes to both. Most Northeastern cadets take part in at least one co-op, just like any other student. While on co-op, you do not have to attend ROTC classes or go to PT, although you may if you want. Study Abroad is also still possible for cadets. However, discuss specific details with an ROTC cadre member; periods abroad may make more sense Sophomore or Senior year, due to Junior training.

How do I join ROTC?

Contact the Enrollment Officer at:

617-373-2375 orb.randazzo@neu.edu.

After an initial interview, you will be assigned to a squad for physical training, and put in a Military Science class. If you decide not to stay with the program, you can walk away at any point. If you decide stay in ROTC, talk with the ROO or your chain of command about receiving a scholarship and contracting. It's that easy!