Leadership Studies and Military Science

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Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

427 Normal Street


Career Path in Leadership

Participating in Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at ESU puts you in control of your future. Leadership instruction, experiential leadership development, and camaraderie coupled with academic and professional mentorship program will prepare you for service to your country and for a lifetime of successful leadership in any career. Army ROTC develops your physical, analytical and leadership skills while strengthening your sense of ethical responsibility. Upon graduation students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the United States Army Reserve.

Program Philosophy

The greatest focus of ROTC is on all cadets successfully completing their academic degree, competing in athletics and participating in student activities while continually developing as future leaders. Army ROTC leverages the education, values and principles of service in all students attending ESU reinforced with the best leadership development instruction in the nation. This unique combination produces leaders prepared and motivated to complete their officer training and lead elements of the most powerful Army in the world or be leaders in the civilian community. All cadets will be grounded and willing to live by the Army's values and the Warrior ethos.

The Local Program

The East Stroudsburg University Army ROTC is a primary partner in the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Army ROTC Battalion consisting of 13 colleges and universities in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Monroe counties. The NEPA Battalion was recently recognized as one of the top 15% of all ROTC programs in the country.

The battalion averages 145 students enrolled in ROTC each year, making it the second largest program in Pennsylvania. All classes, labs and physical training are conducted at ESU. The cadets are frequently seen around campus in uniform going to class, and participating in physical training.

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Upon graduation students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in either the

  • Active Army
  • Army National Guard
  • United States Army Reserve

Program Diversity

The NEPA Army ROTC Battalion is very diverse in its makeup. The men and women who comprise the battalion represent 97 different high schools with 43 different majors, from 14 states and two foreign countries. There are also students who have served in the active Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve, many who were deployed prior to joining Army ROTC. The wide range of the students' backgrounds enhances the diverse experience of ESU cadets enrolled in the Northeast Pennsylvania Army ROTC Battalion.

Leadership Development

Army ROTC develops confident leaders who will succeed in any endeavor. Army ROTC leadership training means spending time outside of the classroom, sometimes way outside of the classroom. You may find yourself leading your fellow classmates on a tactical training exercise, parachuting from a military aircraft, training with a foreign military organization, or serving as a staff officer at an Army installation.

Students regularly conduct briefings to university staff, mentor fellow students in military and civilian subjects and develop plans and training for the ROTC Battalion. Junior and senior students also have the opportunity to conduct military-sponsored internships related to their major as well as training with industry. Army ROTC also supports service learning and community support leadership.

Exceptional Scholarship Opportunities

Most of our military science students earn Army ROTC scholarships. Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four- year scholarships to qualified students interested in serving as officer leaders in the Army. East Stroudsburg University Army ROTC Scholarships pay full tuition, all academic fees, a yearly book allowance and a monthly stipend ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 per year. High school seniors majoring in certain medical concentrations may qualify for five- or six-year scholarships through Army ROTC. Special nursing, Army National Guard and Army Reserve scholarships are also available.

No Military Obligation for Non-Contracted Cadets

Until you accept an Army ROTC scholarship or sign a contract that you wish to accept a commission as a Second Lieutenant in some component of the Army, there is no military or financial obligation for taking ROTC. Army ROTC can be a college leadership program that allows you to gain valuable leadership skills and earn up to 15 elective credits toward your GPA and graduation.

You can be as involved in Army ROTC as you want to be. You may choose to take a one-hour leadership class each week or you may choose to add the military fitness class, add leadership labs or get involved in one of the Army ROTC clubs or special teams. Many students start by taking the class and gradually increase their activities as they experience first-hand the camaraderie, mentorship, adventure and professional leadership training that is Army ROTC.

Contact Information

ESU Department of Leadership Studies and Military Science

Phone: (570) 422-3872/3962

Email: rotc@po-box.esu.edu

Web sites: www.esu.edu/rotc or www.goarmy.com/rotc

Program Description

    • Active Army
    • U.S. Army Reserves
    • Pennsylvania (or other state) Army National Guard

    Whichever component you choose to serve in, there are more than 20 different specialty fields and career paths to choose from. With as little as seven hours a week you can earn as many as 21 elective credits in this extensive Leadership Development Program that concentrates on developing leaders through the demonstration and hands on practice of the seven Army Values and 16 Key Leadership Dimensions. Through this program each student will learn to lead by using a crawl, walk, and run hands-on progressions. They will plan, communicate, organize, and execute events such as marksmanship training, small unit tactics, land navigation, rappelling, paint ball, obstacle and confidence courses, and many other practical hands-on training opportunities.

    The NEPA Army ROTC Battalion continually ranks in the top 10 percent of all ROTC programs nationwide and was ranked third in the Eastern United States in 2006. The NEPA Battalion has recently celebrated 50 years of commissioning officers for the Army.

    The Army ROTC program can be tailored to fit any student's schedule, particularly in the freshman and sophomore years. Military Science instruction is offered at East Stroudsburg University with two-, three- and four-year programs leading to a commission as an officer in one of the three components of the U.S. Army. Any East Stroudsburg University student may participate in any basic Army ROTC course without cost or obligation.

    To be commissioned as a second lieutenant, students must pass a physical examination and complete at least the final two years of the ROTC program of Military Science courses. The commissioning track consists of three components that the student will typically take each semester; Physical Training (PT), Leadership Lab, and classroom instruction. All together, the program takes as much as seven hours each week and can earn the students as much as 21 elective credits towards graduation.

    The Army ROTC provides all uniforms, equipment, and textbooks required for the classes. Each semester there is a military social event and at least one optional weekend training session that includes such events as military marksmanship, cross country orienteering, military rappelling, leadership application courses and obstacle/confidence courses, even paint ball or rock climbing.

    Additional Training Opportunities

    During breaks and vacations students can volunteer for active army training such as military parachute operations, helicopter operations, military mountain climbing and training with active army units in the United States and overseas. There are also numerous opportunities for leadership internships with state and federal agencies through Army ROTC. All training is cost free to the student and, students are paid for some summer training courses. See the Department of Leadership Studies – Army ROTC to receive specific information about courses available

    Students who have completed basic training in any U.S. service may qualify for placement in the advanced course. Additionally students who have not completed the ROTC basic course may qualify for the advanced course by attending a paid four-week long Leadership Training Course conducted each summer at Fort Knox, Ky.

    Scholarships, Stipend, and Book Money Available

    Freshman and sophomore students can compete for two, two and one-half, and three year ROTC scholarships that pays full tuition and fees regardless of cost and up to $1,200 per year for books in addition to the monthly stipend The Army will commission successful graduates as a second lieutenant with a starting salary of more than $35,000 per year plus housing allowance, food allowance, medical and dental benefits as well as 30 days paid vacation per year.

    All students receiving ROTC scholarships, as well as sophomores, juniors and seniors who are contracted with the Army receive a monthly stipend. The stipend starts at $300 per month during the freshman year, increases to $350 during the sophomore year, $450 during the junior year and $500 during the senior year. The stipend is paid directly to the student each month that they are in school.

    For more information on the ROTC program at East Stroudsburg University contact the Department of Leadership Studies - ROTC at 570-422-3872 or visit www.esu.edu/rotc.


  • LTC Ryan Remley  


    Instructors of Military Science:

    LTC Philip Christensen  


    SFC Travis Griffith


    427 Normal Street 570-422-3872 www.esu.edu/rotc

Course Descriptions

  • MSL 101 Leadership and Personal Development (1)

    • This course will introduce the critical components of effective leadership. The focus is on comprehension of Army leadership dimensions, an understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

  • MSL 102 Introduction to Tactical Leadership (1)

    • This course covers leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Students will practice leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises.

  • MSL 201 Innovative Team Leadership (1)

    • This course examines innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics. Students practice aspects of personal motivation, team building, planning, executing, and assessment team exercises in the classroom and tactical environment. Prerequisites: MSL 101, 102 or Department approval.

  • MSL 202 Foundations of Tactical Leadership (2)

    • This course examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in a complex contemporary operating environment (COE). Continued study of the theoretical and practical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Prerequisites: MSL 101, 102, 201, or Department approval.

  • MSL 205 Army Physical Fitness Training (1)

    • U.S. Army Master Fitness trainers supervise a comprehensive fitness program based on the latest military fitness techniques and principles. The classes are conducted 3 days a week at Zimbar Gym and are one hour sessions.

  • MSL 301 Adaptive Team Leadership (2)

    • This course challenges the student to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive team leadership skills in preparation for the ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Over all objectives of the course are to integrate the principles and practices of effective leadership, military operations, and personal development in preparation for the summer LDAC program. Prerequisites: Advanced placement credit.

  • MSL 302 Leadership in Changing Environments (2)

    • This course challenges and evaluates the students' ability to develop a leadership style when faced with challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations and the changing environment of today's Army. Over all objectives of the course are to integrate the principles and practices of effective leadership, military operations, and personal development in preparation for the summer LDAC program. Prerequisites: MSL 301 and Advanced placement credit.

  • MSL 401 Developing Adaptive Leaders (2)

    • This course develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Students will identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use battalion operational situations to teach, train, and develop subordinates through a mentoring program. Prerequisites: MSL 301, 302, and Advanced placement credit.

  • MSL 402 Leadership in a Complex World (2)

    • This course explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations, such as interacting with non-government organizations, international terrorism, civilians on the battlefield, and host national support. This course puts significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first duty assignment, preparing cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned offices in the United States Army. Prerequisites: MSL 301, 302, 401, and Advanced placement credit.