Welcome to Salem State Army ROTC!

The Army ROTC program of instruction is designed to enhance a student's college education by providing unique leadership and management training along with practical experience. Upon graduation, ROTC cadets will commission as Second Lieutenants and serve as officers in the United States Army. 

What is ROTC?

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.

Hear it from ROTC Cadets

Exciting Adventure Training

"Army ROTC has given me a lot of opportunities that I couldn't get anywhere else -- I've jumped out of planes, repelled down buildings and flown helicopters. However, my development as a leader is what I value the most."  Cadet: Greg W., Chelmsford, Mass.


"Army ROTC has been invaluable in challenging me to become a more competent leader. It has funded an education that would otherwise be out of reach, and given me rare opportunities like Airborne and Air Assault training, as well as overseas travel. But most importantly, it has helped me mature -  from a naive freshman to a senior confident in leading his peers. Without question, it has given me a key advantage over my peers in all aspects of professional development." Cadet: Clarke B., St. Louis, MO

"No matter what your background, ROTC is full of benefits. The program works to build your physical, mental and emotional strength. I've developed great military skills, but more importantly I've developed a disciplined and responsible character through ROTC class work and field training. The opportunity to use those skills to help improve the largest volunteer organization is more exciting than any extracurricular could offer." Cadet: Josh B., Centreville, VA

Lifestyle and Training

"Army ROTC has trained me for so much more than being a cadet or being an Army officer, it's taught me to become a better person. My training, particularly in combination with academic and various other commitments on and off campus, has shown me strength that I didn't know I had, and skills I didn't know I could apply. It has also provided me with a sense of direction and the knowledge that I will be doing something of great value immediately after graduation." Cadet: Andrea H., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Stand Out from the Rest

See how interesting college can be when you're a part of Army ROTC. You'll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there's a key difference: you'll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

"The training encountered in Army ROTC develops character, leadership and teamwork in unparalleled fashion. Whether it's the opportunity to jump out of airplanes, lead squad level tactical simulations, or delve into the history and tradition of our nation's armed forces, each cadet will learn that they're capable of more they ever thought before. The result is the confidence and integrity that prepares one to meet future challenges in of both the public service and corporate worlds." Cadet: Karl K., Newport, RI

Salem State University Scholarships

Scholarships pay full tuition and mandatory fees at Salem State University or full room and board. In addition, stipends of $300-$500 a month as well as an annual book allotment of $1,200 are awarded to scholarship cadets. For more information, contact Sean P. McDonough, Recruiting Officer/Scholarship Officer or email to: or 617.324.1427.