ROTC/Military Science

ROTC cadets

The Military Science program at Mercyhurst is open to both male and female students who are interested in learning about the military and gaining leadership and team building experience from the premier leadership course in the nation.

Students may enroll in Military Science in their freshman or sophomore year. There is no obligation to the military to take the course. Students enrolled in the Military Science program receive instruction in the fundamentals of leadership with emphasis on self-discipline, integrity, confidence and responsibility. This enables the student to evaluate situations, make decisions, and develop those attributes considered essential to a leader in either the civilian or military community. Military science classes are free of charge to all full-time students who earn academic credits that may be applied toward graduation requirements. Up to six of the academic credits earned through military science courses may be applied to the 120 credits needed for graduation from Mercyhurst College. 

Students who desire to earn a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or Army National Guard upon graduation may contract on scholarship or non-scholarship through the military science program. Please contact our office at (814) 871-7524 or (814) 824-3229. 

ROTC Program

Mercyhurst University joined the “Pride of PA” Battalion in the 1990s to offer a central support system for our students interested in pursuing a career with the military. The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program trains cadets about the U.S. Army, incorporating physical training, outdoor activities and monthly labs over the course of a student’s academic career. By your sophomore year, most students choose to become contracted cadets who, upon graduation, will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. By your second year, you’ll be challenged academically by your studies, as well as introduced to several new activities, including Color Guard and Ranger Challenge. Your junior year is your most rigorous in terms of workload. During this time, you’ll learn how to lead anywhere from seven to 30 cadets, while also preparing for the summer evaluation camp: Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at the Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington state. Here you’ll be evaluated on your military education obtained during your first three years, as well as leadership skills, tactics and strategic thinking. Following LDAC, some cadets have the opportunity to attend Cadet Troop Leadership Training, which places a cadet in an active duty unit to shadow a lieutenant and learn about day-to-day operations. Since the battalion’s establishment in 1948, the Military Science program has graduated and commissioned more than 1,000 officers, with eight ascending to the rank of general.

To learn more about the “Pride of PA” Battalion, please visit