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Military Leadership

Military Leadership | Courses | Faculty

Contact: Captain James Laudato
Office: Army ROTC Building
Phone: (413) 545-2321
Email: jlaudato@acad.umass.edu

Head of Department: (Lieutenant Colonel) Andre Hinson. Assistant Professors (Major) Keith Underwood, (Captain) James Laudato, (Captain) Andrew Oh, (Captain) Gregory Santorsola, (Major) Dani Williams.

The Department of Military Leadership conducts the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program (Army ROTC) for students desiring to earn commissions as United States Army Officers. Upon completion of University degree and departmental requirements, students are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in either the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve. Army ROTC graduates may pursue caree rs in the active army or in the civilian sector of their choice. The courses are open to all students at the University of Massachusetts. Cadets are defined as students seeking a commission. They must possess University-sponsored health insurance or equivalent coverage and meet Army standards for commissioning. In addition, contracted cadets are required to participate in a weekly Leadership Laboratory.

Advantages of Army ROTC
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 in ROTC and the Army can be a valuable asset if they decide to pursue a civilian career. The practical experience they gain by leading people, as well as managing money and equipment, and making things happen, can place them far ahead of other college graduates competing for jobs leading to top management positions.

The Four-Year Program
The Four-Year Army ROTC program is divided into two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. The Basic Course is taken during the first two years of college and covers introductory subjects on Army customs, traditions, and organizations; national defense, military theory, and management simulation. In addition, a variety of outside social and professional enrichment activities are offered. Students learn the fundamentals of rapelling, participate in overnight training exercises, and tour famous battle sites. ROTC textbooks, uniforms, and other essential materials for the Basic Course are furnished to students at no cost. After completing the Basic Course, students who have demonstrated the potential to become an officer and who have met the physical and scholastic standards are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Course.

The Advanced Course is taken during the final two years of college. It includes instruction in military leadership and management, tactics, ethics, and professionalism. Uniforms in the Advanced Course are furnished to students at no cost. During the summer between their junior and senior years of college, Advanced Course cadets attend a paid five-week training session called the Leadership Development Assessment Course, which 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
The Two-Year Program is designed for students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of school and students entering a two-year postgraduate course of study. To enter the Two-Year Program, students must have prior active duty or have attended basic training or must attend a paid five-week Leaders Training Course, normally held during the summer between their sophomore and junior years of college. Students who have prior service or have attended the Leader’s Training Course, and who meet all the necessary enrollment requirements, are enrolled in the Adanced Course.

ROTC for Veterans
Veterans may apply their military experience as credit towards the ROTC Basic Course. If credit is granted, a veteran may skip the freshman and sophomore years of the program, enroll directly in the Advanced Course during their junior year of college, and begin receiving the allowance. Veterans may be eligible to compete for ROTC scholarships and, if eligible, may also receive any VA benefits to which they would normally be entitled. In addition, veterans who return to active duty as officers may count their prior active duty enlisted time towards longevity pay and retirement.

Army ROTC Scholarships
Army ROTC scholarships are offered for two, three, and four years and are awarded on merit to the most outstanding students who apply. Four-year scholarships are awarded to students who will be entering college as freshmen. Two- and three-year scholarships are awarded to students already enrolled in college. Students who attend the Leader’s Training Course or the Two-Year Program may also compete for two-year scholarships.

Each scholarship pays the combined total of tuition and mandatory fees which are required of all students. Each scholarship student is also paid $600 per semester for textbooks, supplies, and equipment. Each scholarship also includes a monthly stipend. Students who receive a scholarship will be required to attain an undergraduate degree in the field in which the scholarship was awarded.

Note: Special consideration for an Army ROTC scholarship is given to students pursuing degrees in nursing, engineering, the physical sciences, and other technical skills currently in demand by the Army.

Financial Assistance/Tuition Waiver
Non-scholarship cadets in the Advanced Course also receive a monthly stipend, as well as pay for attending the Leadership Development Assessment Course. Students are also paid for attending the Leader’s Training Course of the Two-Year Program. Members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard may qualify for a full tuition waiver under the provisions of the Massachusetts Education Assistance Bill. The non-scholarship and scholarship monthly stipends are: freshman year—$300 per month; sophomore year—$350 per month; junior year—$450 per month continuously until senior year—$500.

The Minor in Military Leadership
The Department of Military Leadership also offers a minor in Military Leadership available to all students wishing to complete at least 15 credit hours of military leadership instruction. Students do not incur any type of military obligation. The minor is designed to give students the leadership tools necessary to succeed in the military or any number of civilian professions that require leadership skills. The program and all military leadership classes focus on a variety of leadership skills including decision making, counseling, time management, nutrition, leader attributes, and a host of Army-specific leader skills that translate exceedingly well into business and other non-military applications. The minor can enhance those students interested in government or defense-related careers, with possible employment in the F.B.I., C.I.A. or the defense industry.

Military Leadership | Courses | Faculty