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ROTC/Military Science

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



To recruit, retain, develop and commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens through support of local JROTC programs.

Motto: “I Will Do My Duty — Train To Lead!”




ROTC 101. Introduction to the Army 
Cadets will learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions, attributes and core leader competencies while gaining an understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. 3 credits.
ROTC 102. Foundations of Agile and Adaptive Leadership 
Cadets will learn how Army ethics and values shape the Army and the specific ways that these ethics are inculcated into Army culture. Cadets can expect to explore the seven Army Values, Warrior Ethos, explore the Profession of Arms, Army Leadership and critical communication skills. 3 credits.
ROTC 201. Leadership and Decision Making
Cadets demonstrate Critical and Creative Thinking and the ability to apply Troop Leading Procedures (TLP). Comprehension of the officer‘s role in Leading Change by applying Innovative Solutions to Problems in concert with the Principles of Mission Command. The Army Profession is also stressed through leadership forums and a leadership self-assessment. 3 credits.
ROTC 202. Army Doctrine and Team Development
Begins the journey to understand and demonstrate Cross-Cultural Competencies as they relate to Army doctrine and how they apply in a combatant commander’s Engagement Strategies. Army Values, Teamwork, and Warrior Ethos and their relationship to the Law of Land Warfare and philosophy of military service are also stressed. The ability to lead and follow is also covered through Team Building exercises in small units up to squad level. 3 credits.
ROTC 301. Training Management and the Warfighting Functions
Challenges cadets to study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes values, and core leader competencies from instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSL IV Cadets using the Cadet Officer Evaluation System (OES). 3 credits.
ROTC 302. Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Builds on the lessons learned and leadership attributes gained and developed during MSL301. This is an academically challenging course were Cadets will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, Cadets will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Leader Training Exercise (LTX). 3 credits.
ROTC 401. The Army Officer
Develops cadet proficiency in planning, executing and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow Army ROTC cadets. They identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train and develop subordinates. 3 credits.
ROTC 402. Company Grade Leadership
Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in today’s operational environment. Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment. 3 credits.


Financial Aid

ROTC Scholarships

Eligible students can apply for Army ROTC scholarships worth up to $22,000 annually for two, three or four years. The scholarship pays full tuition and fees plus $1200 annually for books. Students also receive a tax-free stipend between $300 and $500 each month during the school year.

Students that apply for and receive a four year scholarship are also eligible for an on-campus housing scholarship equaling up to the University’s standard cost of room and board.  Please contact Student Financial Service’s ROTC Liaison for further information.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 from high school or college
  • 920 SAT (total for math and critical reading only)
  • Pass a medical exam
  • Pass a fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and 2 mile run
  • Desire to serve in the Active (4 years) or Reserve Army (8 years) after graduation

High school students can apply online for ROTC scholarships. Current college students may apply by contacting our office at (814) 871-7524.



Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Rempfer (814) 871-7523
Professor of Military Science
Military Science Level IV Instructor

Captain Anthony Aya (814) 871-7781
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Executive Officer
Military Science Level I & II Instructor Gannon University

Captain Brandon Utyanski 
Military Science Instructor

Master Sergeant Jason Dekaye (814) 871-7675
Senior Military Instructor
Military Science Level III Instructor

Sergeant First Class Jason Lopinto (814) 871-7381
Military Science Level I & II Instructor Penn State Erie: The Behrend College

Mr. Raymond Patterson 871-ROTC (7682)
Recruiting Operations Officer
Scholarships and Enrollment Officer

Mrs. Sharon Dugan (814) 871-7524
Human Resource Assistant

Mr. Joseph Burwell (814) 871-7529
Supply Technician

Mrs. Nancy Kelly (814) 871-5893
Administrative Secretary


Contact Us

Captain Nelson Muniz
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Military Science Level I & II Instructor Mercyhurst University (814) 824-3229 (Mercyhurst Office) (814) 871-7379 (Gannon Office)
Hammermill Library Room 403
Office Hours:
Monday: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday: By Appointment Only
Wednesday: By Appointment Only
Thursday: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday: By Appointment Only

Office Hours:
Monday: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday: By Appointment Only
Thursday: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mr. Raymond Patterson 871-ROTC (7682)
Recruiting Operations Officer
Scholarships and Enrollment Officer