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Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

Lt. Col. C. William Gaylor, Chairperson

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) provides college students with the skills and leadership training to become officers in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. Cadets develop maturity, responsibility, leadership ability, self-confidence, and other qualities essential to success in any field. Upon successful completion of NYIT’s ROTC program, cadets receive commissions as second lieutenants in one of the Army’s specialized branches.

NOTE: If eligible, you can apply for an ROTC scholarship worth up to $16,000/year for tuition, $450 for books, and $150 for spending allowance while in school. Contact Major Mitch Hadad at 516.463.5648 or email

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: Military Science

Chairperson/Senior Professor: C. Henderson
Assistant Professors: G. Cleland, R. Callender, A. Herring, C. Murray, V. Rea, S. Rubenstein

NYIT’s ROTC program qualifies students for appointment as officers of the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Students attend military science classes during their regular course of studies. Students develop maturity, responsibility, and dependability while earning the gold bar of an Army second lieutenant.

Army ROTC offers two different programs to all qualified college and university students. The traditional four-year program gives students the opportunity to take ROTC courses in each of their four years of college.

Our four-year program consists of the basic (ROTC 103, 104, 203, 204) and advanced (ROTC 303, 304, 403, 404) courses. The basic course is open to all students. It consists of training in leadership, management, military skills, and physical fitness. Students learn to apply these skills inside and outside the classroom. In addition, a variety of outside social and professional enrichment activities are available. ROTC textbooks, uniforms, and other essential materials for the basic course are furnished to the students. Sophomores who did not take ROTC 103 and 104 may compress ROTC 103 and 104 and ROTC 203 and 204 to complete the basic course. There is no military obligation for enrolling in the basic ROTC course.

After they have completed the basic course, students who have demonstrated the potential to become officers and who have met physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the advanced course. The advanced course is usually taken during the final two years of college. It includes instruction in management, tactics, ethics, and further leadership development. Textbooks and uniforms in the advanced course are also furnished to students.

During the summer between their junior and senior years of college, advanced course cadets attend a paid six-week training session called advanced camp. Advanced camp gives cadets the chance to practice what they have learned in the classroom, and introduces them to Army life “in the field.”

The two-year program is designed for students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of school or students entering a two-year post-graduate course of study. To enter the two-year program, students must first attend a paid five-week basic camp, normally held during the summer in-between sophomore and junior years of college. After they have successfully completed basic camp, students who meet all the necessary enrollment requirements are enrolled in the advanced course.

To receive full semester credit for the advanced course and advanced camp (12 semester hours), a student must be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army upon course completion. Partial credit may be awarded at the chairperson’s discretion if the student fails to complete the advance course. NOTE: All basic military science courses include the appropriate number of class hours, plus a required leadership laboratory and additional classes in physical training each week. A field trip of approximately three days provides practical experience in small organization leadership. All students are expected to attend the leadership laboratory, physical training, and the field trip.

Army ROTC Scholarship Program
The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships offer assistance to meet the rising costs of school. Scholarships are awarded for two, three, and four years, strictly on merit, to the most outstanding students as follows:

  • Tuition and mandatory educational fees up to $16,000
  • A specific amount for miscellaneous fees such as laboratory, student activity, transcript, and graduation fees
  • A flat rate for textbooks, classroom supplies, and equipment (approximately $225 per semester)
  • An allowance of $150 a month each school year the award is in effect

Like other organizations, the Army is oriented toward technological advancement. Eligible students may apply for an Army ROTC scholarship worth up to $16,000 per year.

For further information, write or call the Hofstra University Military Science Department, 265 Physical Fitness Center, Hempstead, NY 11549-1300, 516.463.5648 or fax 516.463.4937, as per the NYIT/Hofstra cross-town agreement.

Credit Toward a Liberal Arts Degree
ROTC 103, 104 and 203, 204, totaling two semester hours of credit, are designated as non-liberal arts credit. These credits are acceptable toward a baccalaureate degree if they fall within the total non-liberal arts credits allowed for that degree. ROTC 303, 304, summer camp, and ROTC 403, 404 total 12 semester hours of credit. These credits are acceptable toward a degree as determined by advisement with the department chairperson.

Army Commissioning Requirements
In order to be commissioned as a second lieutenant, students must satisfactorily complete the basic course, advanced course, and advanced camp or their equivalents. Students must also receive their college degree and ensure they have taken an approved course in written composition, human behavior, military history, computer fundamentals, and mathematical reasoning. Cadets must be recommended for a commission by the department chairperson.

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: Program

Basic Course

  • ROTC 103: Introduction to the United States Army
    Fall. Course offers an in-depth look at the organization and mission of the United States Army. An introduction to the basic techniques of leadership in small organizations is provided, as well as an introduction to military skills. No liberal arts credit.

  • ROTC 104: Foundations of Leadership
    Spring. Course continues the discussion of effective leadership. Leadership and basic ethical principles are discussed. An introduction to military skills is provided by instruction in first aid and land navigation. No liberal arts credit.

  • ROTC 203: Leadership Principles
    Fall. Course continues the discussion of effective leadership through a study of personal skills and historical examples. Emphasizes the principles of war as a tool of analysis; continues instruction in the basic military skills of first aid, communications, and land navigation. No liberal arts credit.

  • ROTC 204: Requirements of the Junior Officer
    Spring. Course examines the fundamental requirements of the decision-making process as it relates to the Junior Officer. The ability to supervise and motivate the small organizations is examined. No liberal arts credit.

Basic Camp
Basic camp training is used to give students who were not enrolled in the basic course (ROTC 103, 104, 203 or 204) an opportunity to receive placement credit to enter the advanced course. This is a voluntary five-week camp conducted at Fort Knox, KY. The basic camp gives the student an in-depth look at the organization of the United States Army. Students receive instruction in basic military skills and leadership techniques. Successful completion of basic camp allows the student to enroll in the advanced course.

Advanced Course

  • ROTC 303: Advanced Camp Preparation
    Fall. Course examines in detail the leadership and military skills necessary to succeed at advanced camp. The leadership and military skills learned in the basic course are thoroughly reviewed. Emphasis is on planning and controlling a small organization. Leadership laboratories, field trips and a written essay in military history are required. Prerequisites: ROTC 103, 104, 203, 204, or basic camp or the approval of department chairperson.

  • ROTC 304: Advanced Camp Preparation II
    Spring. Course examines the problems associated with situational ethics and control of the small organization. Continues to develop the leadership and military skills necessary to succeed at advanced camp. Throughout the semester students are required to draft and develop correspondence, conduct oral presentations, and prepare management programs that they will develop, conduct, and evaluate. Leadership laboratories, field trips, and pre-camp are required. Prerequisites: ROTC 103, 104, 203, 204, or basic camp and ROTC 303, or approval of department chairperson.

Advanced Camp
Advanced camp training gives the student an understanding of the practical aspects of Army life and supplements the theoretical work given during the school year. This is a five-week camp conducted at Fort Bragg, N.C. Successful completion of the advanced camp is a commissioning prerequisite. Subjects covered include practical exercises in the following:

  • Leadership
  • Weapons familiarization
  • Land navigation
  • Infantry tactics and techniques
  • Drill, parades, and ceremonies
  • Physical training

Training is intensive and methods are the same as followed in training units under field conditions. Emphasis is on the development of leadership and individual confidence as may be required of any officer regardless of branch.

  • ROTC 403: Organizational Command
    Fall. Responsibilities of command at the organizational level. Provides detailed fundamentals of’ training, supply, and personnel management techniques within the large organizations. Emphasis on application and evaluation of command and staff relationships. Leadership laboratories and field trips are required. Prerequisites: ROTC 103, 104, 203, 204, or basic camp, ROTC 303, 304, and advanced camp, or the approval of department chairperson.

  • ROTC 404: Organizational Effectiveness
    Spring. Ethical standards are discussed as the guide for effective leadership. Applications of leadership dimensions are taught. They fall into six categories: communications (written, oral, oral presentation); personal motivational behavior, interpersonal behavior (influence); administrative skills (planning and organization, delegation); and decision-making skills (problem analysis, decisiveness, judgment). Leadership laboratories, field trips and a written essay on professional ethics are required. Prerequisites: ROTC 103, 104, 203, 204, or basic camp, ROTC 303, 304, 403 and advanced camp or the approval of department chairperson.