The Army and Air Force offer the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program to all qualified students. The purpose of ROTC is to educate selected men and women for positions of responsibility and afford them the opportunity to be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army or Air Force. The Army also offers the option for duty in the National Guard or Reserves.
The first two years of both programs have no military obligation. Each offers a competitive scholarship program and depending on the scholarship amount pays the student's tuition, buys all books, and provides $200 a month. Students involved in the Advanced (Army) or contracted in the Professional Officer (Air Force) course also receive $200 a month during the school year.
Both programs are available to students with only two or three years remaining in their degree program. Two-year and compression programs have been established to make the ROTC program available to freshmen and sophomores or to juniors and seniors who will be enrolling in graduate study. Through a special program, advanced placement credit may be given to veterans, JROTC students, and sophomore students who attend a five-week AROTC Basic Camp. Graduate students with two years of school remaining are eligible for both ROTC programs.
The Army program is administered in two parts. The basic course emphasizes practical leadership and management skills that are equally applicable to both military organizations and private industry. The advanced course is designed to prepare students to be commissioned officers by including practical study in tactics, training, management, leadership techniques, and the exercise of command. During the summer quarter between the junior and senior years, students attend a five-week ROTC Advanced Camp that provides them with the opportunity to apply the leadership and technical training received in the classroom. While at camp, cadets are paid half of the salary of a second lieutenant.
The Air Force ROTC programs are the General Military Course (GMC) and Professional Officer Course (POC). The GMC introduces students to the Air Force and its history through one hour of class and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. The POC consists of courses in management, leadership, American defense policy, and introduction to command. Six courses, involving three hours of class and two hours of leadership laboratory each week, are required. Summer field training, which emphasizes leadership development and experience in the military environment, is four or five weeks long and is normally attended between the sophomore and junior years.
Further information about the Department of Military Science (Army) is available in its office (328 Fawcett) and on its Web site: http://goto.wright. edu/academics/armyrotc/. Information about the Department of Aerospace Studies (Air Force) is available in its office (118 Millett) and on its Web site http://goto.wright.edu/academics/prog/rotc/ home.htm.
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