Army, Air Force, and Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Programs
Army ROTC Program
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Ferguson, MS
Professor and Chair, Department of Military Science
The Department of Military Science offers the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. The goal of the program is to develop leadership potential in men and women and to prepare them for an officer’s commission in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. The curriculum teaches principles of leadership and personnel management and seeks to develop leadership traits such as teamwork, responsibility, initiative, self-confidence, and discipline.
The Army ROTC program is conducted at Northeastern University. For more information, write:
Department of Military Science
335A Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
or call 617.373.2375
Completion of the Army ROTC program will lead to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard. The program consists of the basic course (freshman and sophomore years) and advanced course (junior and senior years). The program does not conflict with co-op schedules.
Enrollment in the basic course is voluntary and is open to all full-time students. However, only cadets formally enrolled in ROTC may participate in leadership labs, physical training, and practical field exercises. Students in the basic course do not incur a military obligation. Check with your academic department to ensure credits are accepted.
The advanced course is open to all qualified students who have basic course credit or equivalent military experience, as well as meet the Army’s physical, medical, and age requirements. Contracted students (advanced course and/or scholarship) receive a monthly cash stipend while in school. Scholarship students also receive full tuition and fees as well as $1,200 per year for books. Scholarships are merit based and are awarded as four-year, three-year, or two-year benefit packages.
Army Nurse Corps ROTC Program
ROTC provides an opportunity for college nursing students to receive practical, hands-on leadership experience. The courses provide a chance for students to develop management, communication, and decision-making skills. ROTC also provides nursing cadets an opportunity to participate in the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP). NSTP is a paid, three-to-four-week, hands-on clinical elective for Army ROTC nurse cadets. This elective is conducted at more than twenty Army hospitals in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Germany. During the NSTP clinical elective, the cadet receives experience under the direct supervision of a preceptor—an Army Nurse Corps officer who works with the cadet one-on-one. Scholarship nurse cadets receive a monthly cash stipend while in school as well as full tuition and fees and $1,200 per year for books.
Navy ROTC Program
The Boston Navy ROTC unit is a six-school consortium that includes students from Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Tufts, Harvard, and MIT. All Navy ROTC scholarships are for nursing only and cover full tuition, mandatory fees, a $375-per-semester book stipend, and a $250-per-month living stipend that increases by $50 each year up to $400. Room and board are not included in the scholarship. For students on Northeastern’s five-year program, the Navy grants “Fifth Year Benefits,” which mirror those of the fourth year. Upon graduation, there is a four-year active-duty commitment.
NROTC nursing students are required to take four naval science classes, in addition to their regular course work, and attend a leadership laboratory once a week. All classes, labs, and group workouts are conducted at Boston University. Students typically spend a total of six to eight hours per week participating in NROTC-related activities. Additionally, Navy nurses complete two summer cruises, or training sessions, prior to graduation, each of which lasts approximately four weeks. They spend one session with a medical unit at sea (on a Navy ship) and one session at a land-based Navy hospital. All lodging, transportation, meals, and uniforms are paid for by the Navy during summer training sessions. For more information, contact the recruiting officer at 617.358.3470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force ROTC Program
Air Force ROTC is an educational and leadership program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become an Air Force officer while completing a bachelor’s degree.
Through a cross-enrolled program with Boston University, interested Northeastern University students may participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. The requirements include aerospace studies classes, leadership laboratory classes, and physical fitness training. The mandatory weekly commitments range from five to seven hours per week.
In addition to the leadership and management training that cadets receive, they also benefit from several scholarship programs. High school seniors can apply for four-year scholarships. The scholarships range from full tuition, $18,000 per year, and $9,000 per year. Scholarship winners will also receive a monthly stipend, a book allowance, and uniforms. Applications for scholarships are due by December 1 of senior year. Apply at the Air Force ROTC website.
Freshmen and sophomores already in college can compete for three or three-and-a-half-year scholarships, some of which cover full tuition, while others cover $18,000 per academic year. All scholarship winners will receive a monthly stipend, a book allowance, and uniforms.
However, students do not need a scholarship to commission through Air Force ROTC. For more information, call 617.353.6316 or 617.353.4705.