Mount Saint Mary College offers the Reserves Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. Students currently take the ROTC classes at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, though we expect to offer classes at the Mount in the future. 

What is ROTC?

It is a four-year leadership internship with guaranteed employment for all students/cadets that complete the program and meet the standards.

Starting pay for an active duty officer is $55,000. After five years it rises to $84,000. After 10 years it rises to $105,000. After 20 years, your annual retirement pay will be $45,000 with medical and dental benefits for you and your spouse for the rest of your lives, and for your children until they turn 23 years of age.

Scholar, Athlete and Leaders

A military officer must be a scholar, athlete and leader (SAL). We commission SALs, and only SALs. Cadets must have the “full package,” and be accomplished and competent in all three areas.

Cadets compete on their own merits and accomplishments against over 4,000 other cadets commissioning in that same “cohort” year group.

Grades, Leadership Evaluations and Physical Fitness scores determine the Order of Merit List (OML). This is how cadets compete for Branch, Post, Grad School, Component, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves. 

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