Structured to parallel WPI’s normal undergraduate course of study, the four-year program offers flexibility for those with previous military experience and provides an accelerated learning option that allows later entry into the program. Monthly stipends, annual book allowances, and a paid summer leadership camp are available.
The four years of on-campus Army ROTC instruction are designated Military Science (MS) I, II, III, and IV and correspond to freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years. Basic Course comprises the MS I and II years and carries no future military obligation. Advanced Course covers the MS III and IV years. In order to complete the advance course students must sign a contract with the Army and will incur an eight-year military service obligation. Cadets are eligible to contract in the term that an awarded scholarship takes effect or no later than the end of the first semester of the MS3 year.
Upon contracting, all cadets (scholarship and non-scholarship) receive a monthly stipend of $420.00 per month. Basic course Cadets receive the stipend for the academic school year through the end of their sophomore year and advance course Cadets receive the stipend from the first day of their junior year through the last day of their senior year. Scholarship Cadets also receive a semester book allowance of $600.00 per semester for a total of $1200.00 annually.
For students not able to complete the four-year program before graduation, the two-year program offers two distinct options that accommodate students with and without prior military service.
Prior Service. Students with previous military service are exempt from the first two years and, if academic juniors, may enroll immediately in the Advanced Course. They must then complete the Advanced Course as full-time students for two academic years to receive a commission.
No Prior Service. It is not too late for students who have not taken Army ROTC during their first two years of college. Students may attend the Army ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY, during the summer before their junior year of college. Upon completion of the month-long course, graduates receive credit for the first two years (Basic Course) of the Army ROTC program and can then enroll in the Advanced Course. If federally approved basic camp Cadets could earn a $5000.00 dollar basic camp attendance bonus if they contract as a non-scholarship Cadet.
THE BASIC CAMP (BC) ALLOWS STUDENTS TO:
- Test-drive Army ROTC without any obligation. The decision to join Army ROTC is made only after Basic Camp is completed and the student returns to school in the fall.
- Earn money for Basic Camp (and be compensated for all Basic Camp related food, travel, and lodging).
- Compete for Army ROTC scholarships.
- Earn the Basic Camp attendance and completion bonus