Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

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 Army ROTC students conduct their training as part of the Patriot Battalion at Providence College, through a cross-town partnership agreement between PC and Brown. In addition, the University is currently in talks to forge similar partnerships with the Naval ROTC unit at the College of the Holy Cross, and Air Force ROTC unit at 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:

  • Army ROTC
    Patriot Battalion, Providence College
    (401) 865-2025
  • Naval ROTC (includes Navy and Marine Corps)
    Midshipmen Battalion, Holy Cross
    (508) 793-2434
  • Air Force ROTC
    Detachment 340, Worcester Polytech Institute
    (508) 831-5747