Military Science

This is Where Leaders are Born - Bay State Leads the Way!

For the men and women enrolled in Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), becoming the best officers they can be is just the beginning. They also learn life skills that can help them succeed academically and gain an edge in their chosen careers.

ROTC is an educational program that teaches students to excel in small group leadership, and it instills strong moral values, a warrior and fitness ethos, and much more. Joining Army ROTC means a guaranteed job in the US Army after college. Upon completing their studies, cadets serve as officers in the Army, performing a variety of jobs and gaining hands-on managerial experience that’s simply nowhere else.

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Drawing Cadets from Throughout Central Massachusetts

Cadets from most of Worcester Consortium colleges and universities, as well as Fitchburg State University and UMass Lowell make up what is known as the Bay State Battalion. Headquartered at WPI, this unit prides itself on turning motivated and intelligent Cadets into educated and well-rounded officers.

The Bay State Battalion typically maintains an average enrollment of 80-100 cadets. Depending on their academic year, Cadets attend Military Science classes at WPI, UMass Lowell  and Fort Devens. Cadets conduct physical training three times a week on campus at WPI or UMASS Lowell. Battalion Leadership labs are conducted monthly at Fort Devens’ premier training facilities. 

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Cadets in the field at FT Devens

Click here to read about the Bay State Battalion Cadets training at Fort Devens. Our partnership with the Reserve Forces Training Area Devens allows our Cadets to regularly utilize their premier training facilities, giving them a competitive edge.  

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