Elizabeth Miller

Staff Writer

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is an elective for college students; we provide leadership training for success in any career field. No matter what you are interested in, there is always a place for it in the Army as an officer. We train physically and mentally tough cadets who have a long-term goal to commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

What do we do?

Millersville University ROTC is a part of the Blue Mountain Battalion out of Dickinson College.

We attend regular Military Science classes based on the core curriculum Cadet Command puts in place. Three times a week cadets are up before the sun to follow a planned physical training schedule created by our upper classmen. Usually, once a semester we are given the opportunity to train as a Battalion at Fort Indiantown Gap to test our knowledge in a tactical environment. Summer training differs for each year group, however, there are numerous opportunities to travel and receive hands on experience.

Personal Experience

Receiving a full scholarship for Army ROTC out of high school, I knew Millersville would be my home away from home for the next four years. I was a fresh face in the military world and was only cultured to their ways based on conversations with my two older brothers (one being enlisted and the other an officer). Finding my way through freshman year came from the help of my peers. My first summer training was a cultural immersion trip to Spain, which taught me more than any classroom environment ever, could. Soon, my abilities and knowledge grew and the summer next I attended a new training to introduce younger cadets to the basics of the Army.

Now, I am a junior in college and a third year cadet. This summer I will be graded and sorted into my branch based on the competencies I bring to the table. As a hopeful active duty Army officer I can honestly say joining ROTC has been my best decision I have ever made.