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. Contracting to pursue a commission in the U.S. Army is done at the beginning of the Advanced Course or upon receiving an Army ROTC scholarship.
Upon contracting in their junior year, all cadets (scholarship and non-scholarship) receive a monthly stipend of $450 for up to ten months in the MS III year, and $500 in the MS IV year. Scholarship Cadets also receive an annual $1200 book allotment and attend the paid five-week Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, KY.
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 Leader’s Training Course 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.