Commissioning Programs

Same Flag, Different Paths 

There are several paths students can take to earn a military commission while at Brown, some of which also provide scholarships and financial assistance. Which path a student chooses will depend on which branch of the service they want to join, and how much of a commitment they're prepared to make concurrently with their school work.

Whichever path or branch you choose, the Office of Military-Affiliated Students is here to support you in your pursuit of a commission with the US military. 

Reserve Officers' Training Corps 

ROTC, or Reserve Officers' Training Corps, is a college leadership program sponsored by the U.S. Military.  Offered by the Army, Navy and Air Force (with the Naval ROTC including a Marine Corps commisioning track), ROTC awards qualified students full-tuition scholarships as well as monthly stipends.  ROTC students become commissioned officers upon graduation and must fulfill a service obligation in their chosen branch.

Brown offers ROTC through partnerships with other local institutions, and Brown cadets/midshipmen conduct their training at the host institution:

  • Army ROTC: Patriot Battalion at Providence College
  • Naval ROTC: College of the Holy Cross
  • Air Force ROTC: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

ROTC students receive curricular and field training in military science.  Programs vary slightly between the services, but typical requirements include one to three hours of classroom instruction and three hours of physical fitness training per week, a one-hour weekly leadership lab, and a one weekend field-training exercise per semester.  As of July 1, 2015, ROTC courses will be considered for Brown credit using the same criteria applied to other transfer courses, and all successfully-completed ROTC courses — credit or non — will be notated on a student's transcript. 

Students who would like more information about ROTC opportunities at Brown should contact [email protected]. Students are also welcome to contact the partner units directly:

 

Other Commissioning Programs

  • Officer Candidate School
    Officer Candidate School (OCS), run by each of the five branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) are open to civilians who hold at least a four-year college degree and meet age and security-clearance requirements.
  • Marine Corps PLC
    The Marine Corps Platoon Leadership Class (PLC) is an opportunity to fulfill your commissioning requirements during the summertime, allowing you to fully concentrate on your studies during the school year.
  • Health Professions Scholarship
    The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers Medical School scholarships (covering all direct educational costs and providing a monthly stipend) that result in commissions with any branch of the military.
  • Scholarships for STEM Students
    The Navy and Air Force offer specialty scholarships (including monthly stipends of around $3,000) for STEM students who commit to work in a specific field, such as nuclear propulsion or engineering.