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U.S. Army ROTC offers $5,000 bonus to qualified college sophomores

ROTC Dauntless Battalion

The ROTC Commissioning Ceremony is held each May outside Old Main.

The U.S. Army’s newly announced signing bonus for sophomore ROTC students is available through Widener University’s Dauntless Battalion.

The Army recently announced nationally that it has established a $5,000 signing bonus, to be awarded to current college sophomores who have the physical stamina and mental agility to be leaders in the U.S. Army. Sophomore students would attend basic camp at Fort Knox this summer. If they successfully complete the basic camp, the Army has announced it will contract with them and pay the signing bonus.

Upon graduation, ROTC cadets who have successfully completed the military science requirements will receive positions as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. Cadets may elect to be part of the regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. The wide range of jobs and occupations within the Army requires it to recruit officers from all degree fields.

Widener’s ROTC program is one of the oldest in the northeast region. Its military roots in Chester, Pa. date back to the turn of the 20th century when the university was known as Pennsylvania Military College. While the military academy disbanded in 1972, and the institution was later renamed Widener University, the university is home today to a thriving ROTC program. The Dauntless Battalion comprises cadets from Widener University, Villanova University, West Chester University, Neumann University, Penn State Abington, Penn State Brandywine, Cheyney University and Immaculata University.

College sophomores who are interested in learning more about the signing bonus should contact their campus Army ROTC department for details. The Army ROTC department at Widener University is located at the rear of Hanna Hall, 610.499.7035 or More information is also available by texting ROTCBONUS to 462769 or at  

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,