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 Polytechnical 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 OSVCP director Karen McNeil. Students are also welcome to contact the partner units directly: