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Reserve Officers’ Training Program (R.O.T.C.)

What is R.O.T.C.?

The United States Army partners with Fitchburg State University to instruct a leadership training program on the university campus that is designed to train, educate, and develop leaders who will be commissioned as officers in the United States Army. The leadership training program is the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) Program.

The R.O.T.C. program consists of classes on military science, leadership labs, physical fitness, teamwork, and practical exercises designed to teach both the theory and the practice of leadership.  R.O.T.C. events are integrated into the university schedule.

All who are interested in this program are welcome to interview. Enrollment and participation in R.O.T.C. is free. R.O.T.C. scholarships available for 2, 3, or 4 years. However, R.O.T.C. is not for everyone. Enrolling in R.O.T.C. means a commitment to academic excellence, a commitment to physical fitness, a commitment to teamwork and selfless service, and a commitment to defend our country.

R.O.T.C. is the gateway to future success as an officer and leader in careers such as cyber and network defense, learning to fly and being a leader in army aviation, medical and nursing, military police, military intelligence, learning to lead at ground level in the infantry, cavalry, artillery, and more.

You will learn to be an integral part of something greater than yourself. Learn to Lead, Develop, and Achieve. Make a commitment to Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness; and to defend our Country.


R.O.T.C. Can Lead to:

Army Cyber Command

  • Army Cyber Command is made up of elite warriors who defend Army networks and provide full-spectrum cyber capabilities to the United States Army and our Nation.
  • U.S. Army Cyber Command is the Army Cyber component of United States Cyber Command. We operate and defend Army networks and deliver cyberspace effects against adversaries to defend our Nation.
  • The Army’s cyber force is engaged in the real-world cyberspace fight today, against near-peer adversaries, Islamic State (ISIS), and other global cyber threats. We defend military networks, secure Army weapons platforms, and help protect critical U.S. infrastructure. Traditional boundaries no longer exist and anonymous attacks can occur at near-light speed over fiber optic networks.
  • Qualified Army Officers, with college degrees in technology, are wanted to lead in the United States Army Cyber Corps.

Location and Contact

Location: Thompson Building, Room 110
Assistant Professor of Military Science and university contact:
Arthur Elbthal
Office Number: 978.665.3126
Admissions Office: 978.665.3144 or
Scholarship and Enrollment Officer:​

Adam D. Heppe
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Professor of Military Science
Department Head
Department of Military Science
WPI Army ROTC, Bay State Battalion
508.831.5268 (O)
508.216.4408 (GC)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609

Enrollment Criteria and Scholarships

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