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Become a Leader in the Army — and in Life

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.

Find out why it has been called, “The Best Leadership Course in America!”

Interested in joining? Complete this form for more information.


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Three newly commissioned Second Lieutenants give a hug to one another.

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 trains 90-120 cadets each year. All Cadets attend their Military Science classes and Battalion labs at WPI, though Fitchburg State University and UMass Lowell Cadets conduct their own physical training with approximately 20-40 Cadets each. The 50-60 students of the Worcester Consortium schools do their physical training at WPI.

Meet Our Students

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Kellie Bushe '24

BS Biomedical Engineering on a Pre-Medicine track

As a pre-med and ROTC student, Kellie meets any challenge that comes her way, both inside and outside the classroom.  

Photo of Luka Christanson

Luka Christianson ‘24

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Luka’s dedication to his studies, ROTC, and athletics has helped him develop his leadership and teamwork skills, both on and off the field.

Portrait of Edward Flanagan

Edward Flanagan ‘24

BS in Mechanical Engineering

For ROTC student Eddie, teamwork and interacting with a variety of people have made him a better student and athlete.  


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ROTC cadets are sworn in as 2nd lieutenants in the U.S. Army and Air Force
June 01, 2021


November 17, 2021
December 20, 2018
Military Science
December 20, 2018
Military Science

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If you would like to subscribe to the Bay State Battalion Summer, Fall, and Spring Newsletters, please click on the subscribe button below.  To submit an article, please email armyrotc@wpi.eduAll commissioned class graduate submissions are welcome.