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Requirements, Army ROTC

ROTC Commander

Lt. Col. Justin J. Shaffer

Lt. Col. Justin J. Shaffer

Shaffer took over command of the Widener Army ROTC in 2016. Since his commissioning, Shaffer has had a long, distinguished military career include international deployments to Iraq and Korea. He also served domestic assignments at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia, Fort Rucker in Alabama, and Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

Student Testimonial

samantha decapua '17

Samantha DeCapua '17

Samantha DeCapua '17 shares how Widener Army ROTC has taught her how to overcome situations when faced with adversity. She also explains the deep bond that is shared among the cadets during training. Watch a short video clip.

Army ROTC at Widener is split into two parts – a Basic Course and an Advanced Course. 

Cadets do not major in ROTC but instead take military science courses for elective credit. Cadets are free to major in any accepted academic discipline to coincide with their participation in the ROTC program. 

Program Requirements

Basic Course (Freshmen/Sophomores)

The basic course introduces students to self-development tools and basic military instruction. Sophomore students who did not participate in ROTC during their freshman year may enroll during their sophomore year. Students may enroll in the ROTC Basic Course without incurring any financial or military obligation.

Basic Course completion credit may be awarded for completion of the five-week summer Cadet Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, completion of another service's ROTC basic course, or completion of Army, Marine Corps, Air Force or Navy Basic Training. In rare cases, basic course credit may be given for completion of four years of Junior ROTC.

Advanced Course (Juniors/Seniors)

Upon acceptance, students are required to take one military science course each semester and participate in the full Leadership Development Program, which includes physical training, leadership labs, and off-site field training exercises. During this period, students are paid a $450-500 per month subsistence allowance for each month enrolled in school.  

In addition, students must attend a five-week ROTC Cadet Advanced Camp located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, usually the summer after the junior year. Students are paid approximately $1,000 plus travel expenses while attending this course.

Enrollment in the Advanced Course is dependent upon availability of positions and the ability to meet Army officership contracting standards.

Additional ROTC Programs

Army ROTC Two-Year Program

Widener University offers the Two-Year Army ROTC Program for those students transferring from junior colleges or other institutions at which ROTC was not offered or who were previously unable to enroll in an ROTC program. To participate in the two-year program, a student must receive credit for the Basic Course prior to the start of the junior year (or first year of graduate school). Students are paid approximately $750 plus travel expenses while attending Basic Camp.

Students interested in entering the two-year ROTC program are encouraged to apply before March 1 of their sophomore year. Students may compete for two-year Army ROTC scholarships, depending on availability of funds. Entry into the two-year program is also dependent upon availability of positions within each year group and ability to meet Army officer contracting standards.

Simultaneous Membership Program 

Students who are already members of or intend to join a U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) or Army National Guard (ARNG) unit may qualify for this program. If accepted, students become officer trainees and are paid as sergeants (E-5) during reserve training assemblies until they have completed ROTC and are commissioned.

During the years in ROTC, students are paid $300-$500 per month in addition to Army Reserve or National Guard pay. Students cannot have a scholarship and be in the Simultaneous Membership Program unless they have a Minuteman, Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty, or Dedicated USAR/ARNG Scholarship, in which case they are committed to serving in the Reserve Component upon commissioning. 

For more information about courses and requirements for Army ROTC, please refer to page 34 in our Widener Undergraduate Catalog