Towson offers degree-seeking, full-time undergraduate students who are interested in officer training for the military several opportunities to pursue that training.
Towson University offers Army ROTC to its students through a cooperative agreement among Loyola College, TU, and the U.S. Army. The primary objective of the ROTC Program is to prepare selected students with potential to serve as commissioned officers in one of the three components of the U.S. Army—Active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve. The program is totally voluntary and is conducted in two phases— the basic course and the advanced course.
The basic course is taken in the freshman and sophomore years. No military commitment is incurred during this time, and students may withdraw, as with any other course, through the end of the second year. The basic course is available as an elective to all qualified students. TU students who decide after either their freshman or sophomore years that they are interested in the ROTC Program may attend a special ROTC Basic Camp. This camp will fully substitute for the first two years of on campus study. This camp is held for six weeks during the summer, and all participants receive pay and allowances.
Normally, students must have a minimum of two years of college remaining before graduation in order to join ROTC. Except for veterans, the basic course or a basic camp must be successfully completed prior to entering the advanced course.
The advanced course is normally taken in the final two years of college. A paid, six-week advanced camp is held during the summer between the junior and senior years. Army ROTC graduates may serve three or four years, or an entire career on active duty, or request Reserve Forces Duty (RFD) and serve as little duty as three months on active duty. The remainder of their obligation is spent in the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard where they assume roles equally important to those of their active duty counterparts. Specialized branch assignments are made in the students’ senior year, which will determine the nature of their duties once they are commissioned. These specialized assignments are based largely upon students’ majors and personal preferences. Prior to graduation and commissioning, the senior student will make known personal preferences regarding the geographical area of the world in which he or she desires to serve his or her first tour upon entering the active Army.
The Army awards scholarships on a competitive basis to outstanding young men and women who are interested in serving in the active or reserve components of the U.S. Army. Details of the ROTC scholarship program are available from the Office of Financial Aid. All TU students are eligible to apply.
Enrollment for ROTC is done through the Military Science Department at Loyola College. Contact the Military Science Department at 410-617-2387 or 410-617-2276 for class days and times. Generally, freshmen and sophomores have classes on Monday and Wednesday afternoons either at Loyola or at Towson. Juniors and seniors attend classes at Loyola on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Air Force ROTC is available to students at Towson University through an agreement with the University of Maryland, College Park. Air Force courses are scheduled so that students from Towson University may complete most AFROTC requirements during one morning per week at the College Park campus. In addition, students at Towson are eligible to compete for all AFROTC scholarships; four-, three-, and two-year scholarships pay for total tuition and fees at both the University of Maryland and Towson University, for all required books, and provide a $100 per month subsidy for both pilot and navigator training programs. Upon graduation from Towson University and completion of the AFROTC curriculum at the University of Maryland, students will be commissioned second lieutenants in the Air Force. Students who are interested in the Air Force ROTC can contact: Air Force ROTC, Det. 330, Cole Field House, Room 2126, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742; telephone: 301-314-3242/7649/7644.
TU will accept transfer credit hours earned from a recognized ROTC Program sponsored by an accredited college or university. Such credits will be considered upper- or lower-level credits as defined by the transferring school, and are applicable as elective units toward a TU degree. ROTC units are considered to be non-traditional units and are part of a maximum of 45 non-traditional units allowed by academic policy.