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Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

Army ROTC

Westfield students have the opportunity to participate in ROTC through the University of Massachusetts and Western New England University. The Department of Military Leadership at the University of Massachusetts manages the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (Army ROTC) program throughout Western Massachusetts for students desiring to earn a commission in United States Army.  Upon earning a college degree and satisfactorily completing all ROTC requirements, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve. Army ROTC graduates may pursue careers in the active Army or in the civilian sector of their choice. ROTC courses are open to all students.  Students do not incur a military obligation by taking any Military Leadership course.

Army ROTC enhances a student’s education by providing unique leadership and management training coupled with practical experience. It helps a student develop many of the qualities basic to success in any career. In or out of the Army, ROTC graduates are leaders, thinkers, and decision-makers. They meet problems head-on and solve them quickly. They know how to adapt to situations and take charge. Army ROTC graduates will find that their background and experience can be a valuable asset in any career field they choose.

The ROTC curriculum consists of eight semesters of course work comprising the traditional pre-commissioning requirements. The focus in the first two years is on leadership principles and techniques applicable to all vocations. The first four semesters of the program are offered on the Westfield campus; the last four are offered at WNEU through the CCGS program.

Contact:

Westfield State University Army ROTC Instructor
Captain Zachary McAdams
(781) 635-2305

Army ROTC Recruiting Officer  
Mr. Travis Wright
(413) 242-4714
Hours: Monday - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hours by appointment

Westfield State University ROTC Liaison
(413) 572-5310
For additional information, contact the Army ROTC liaison at Western New England University, (413) 782-1345/1332, or visit the ROTC website for more information.


Air Force ROTC

The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) does not have its own program at Westfield State University; however, students can take the program while attending Westfield State University through the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS) agreement. The agreement allows students to take AFROTC courses at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Freshman and sophomore courses can be taken without any commitment to the Air Force, and a 2 year program is available for any interested sophomore who decides to pursue the program during the spring of that year.

Upon successful completion of the program (and receipt of a bachelor’s degree), graduating students will receive commissions as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force.  Scholarships from 2 to 3 years will pay full tuition, fees, labs, up to $900.00 per year for books, and up to $550.00 per month stipend during school are available to participating students.

Contact:

Commander, Air Force ROTC Recruiting Flight
University of Massachusetts Air Force ROTC Detachment 370
(413) 545-2437
afrotc@umass.edu