Coordinator: Brig. Gen. Terry Djuric, USAF, Retired
Reserve Officer Training Corps programs are available to Mary Baldwin students through the programs at the Virginia Military Institute. Students are accepted into the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) then register for ROTC classes at Mary Baldwin using normal registration procedures. Classes are conducted by active duty military personnel in either the ROTC facilities on the VMI campus or the Mary Baldwin campus. Transportation is provided by VWIL for VWIL cadets enrolled in ROTC courses at VMI. Mary Baldwin students enrolled in Army ROTC not participating in the VWIL Corps of Cadets must wear an Army ROTC uniform, find their own means of transportation to VMI for ROTC class, physical training and field training exercises.
Students may start ROTC instruction during either the freshman or sophomore years. In addition, ROTC participation can start during the summer after the sophomore year by attending a “Basic” summer camp.
Selection criteria, regulations and procedures vary for each of the Armed Services. For more information, contact Brig. Gen. Terry Djuric, USAF, Retired at 540-887-7243.
For more information on VWIL, refer to the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership section of this website.
For students committed to pursuing a commission and serving their country, Army ROTC offers a challenging opportunity. The mission of Army ROTC is to commission the future officer leadership of the U. S. Army. The four-year program is divided into basic and advanced courses. The basic course during the first two years consists of instruction in general military skills and foundations of leadership. The advanced course during the last two years emphasizes leadership and advanced military skills training. The Army program is centered on leadership development with individual counseling and feedback provided to each cadet. Army ROTC sponsors a wide variety of extracurricular activities such as the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), Ranger Company, Tanker Platoon, Cadet Battery, Ranger Challenge and Field Training Exercises. Students pursuing a commission are strongly encouraged to participate in these activities.
At the beginning of the junior year, qualified students are encouraged to contract as the first step toward a commission as a second lieutenant. In addition to eight semesters of ROTC, students pursing a commission must complete other professional military education requirements such as courses in military history, English and computer science. On a competitive basis, students may attend Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) summer training at Airborne and Air Assault Schools. An intent to be commissioned is a prerequisite for attending CPDT.
Completion of the VWIL Army ROTC program, and graduation from Mary Baldwin University allows you to compete for a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
More information about Army ROTC at Mary Baldwin University
The Naval ROTC program is a four-year course of instruction designed to provide cadets with commissions in either the Navy or the Marine Corps. Cadets who enroll in the Naval Science courses receive instruction leading to possible careers on the sea, in the air and on land. Navy ROTC courses for the first year are the same for all cadets. They provide familiarization with Navy surface, subsurface, nuclear, aviation and special warfare forces. Additionally, the classes acquaint cadets with the Marine Corps and all elements of Marine Air Ground Task Forces. Navy-option cadets will subsequently receive instruction in naval ship systems, navigation, ship operations, leadership and management. Marine-option cadets will study the evolution of warfare, leadership management and command. A cadet may become a Navy ROTC Midshipman either by selection before matriculation for a national Navy ROTC scholarship, or by nomination and selection after matriculation for either the scholarship or Navy ROTC College Program. Completion of VWIL, the Naval Science program and graduation from Mary Baldwin University allows you to compete for a commission and service as a Navy unrestricted line officer or a Marine Corps ground or aviation officer eligible for a wide range of duties at sea and ashore.
The Air Force ROTC Program provides college-level education that qualifies eligible cadets for commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force. The four-year program is divided into two distinct two-year courses: the General Military Course (GMC) and the Professional Officer Course (POC). In the GMC, cadets are evaluated for a commission based on their performance, aptitude and motivation. If qualified, cadets may enter the POC by signing a contract for commissioned service following graduation from Mary Baldwin University. The POC is designed to build leadership and professional qualities new commissionees will need once on active duty. Cadets may apply for the career fields of their choice, however, entry into the field of choice depends on individual qualifications and the needs of the Air Force. A continuing need for officers with technical backgrounds results in attractive scholarship opportunities for students in the engineering and sciences curricula. Acceptance of an Air Force ROTC scholarship incurs no additional service obligation for the recipient.
Scholarships are either two, three or four years in length.
Cadets who are qualified may volunteer to attend parachute training and an advanced training program, for which they are paid. Qualified cadets have the opportunity to participate in a flight orientation program consisting of eight hours in a light aircraft flown by the Virginia Civil Air Patrol.
Successful completion of the Air Force ROTC program and commissioning in the U.S. Air Force results in a four-year active duty assignment for those graduates not entering pilot or navigator training. Successful completion of the pilot/navigator training program after commission results in an eight-year/six-year respective assignment at the completion of such training.
If you have any questions about the program, or would like us to send you more information, please feel free to contact our department. We look forward to hearing from you.
Phone: (540) 887-7144
Fax: (540) 887-9132
215 Market St.
Staunton, VA. 24401
How to visit our offices
If you are at Mary Baldwin and would like to visit our offices, we are located
in the second floor of the VWIL office on Market St.
Q. How much time does ROTC take?
First and Second Year (Basic Course) cadets take a two-hour Military Science class. Cadets also attend one weekend field training exercise (FTX) each semester. Third and Fourth Year (Advanced Course) cadets take a one-hour Military Science class and a three-hour Leadership Laboratory class each week. Cadets participate in three hours of physical training (PT) each week. Cadets also attend one weekend field training exercise (FTX) each semester. Cadets attend a five-week Advanced Camp, normally in the summer between their third and fourth year. Cadets hold the leadership positions within the Cadet Battalion and perform many of their duties outside normal class periods.
Q. What are my obligations?
Non-scholarship cadets incur no obligation during the first two years of Army ROTC.
At the beginning of their junior (Military Science III) year, non-scholarship cadets agree to accept a commission in the U.S. Army upon completion of the required academic and military courses.
Four-year scholarship cadets may withdraw from the program prior to their sophomore year and incur no military service obligation. They do not have to pay back their scholarship benefits. Four-year and three-year scholarship cadets incur a military service obligation beginning their sophomore year. Two-year scholarship cadets incur a military service obligation beginning their junior year.
All Army ROTC graduates incur an eight-year military service obligation. This may be accomplished by serving on active duty or reserve duty. Cadets who receive an active duty assignment normally serve four years followed by service in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or United States Army Reserve (USAR) or the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for the remainder of the eight-year obligation. Cadets who receive a reserve duty assignment normally serve eight years in an ARNG or USAR Troop Program Unit which includes a three- to six-month active duty period for initial training.
Q. Can I still participate in other activities?
Absolutely. ROTC does not interfere with regular college programs. It is not a major, but a series of elective courses. ROTC cadets participate in extracurricular activities, sports, and community service organizations. Some take second academic majors, academic minors, and participate in overseas exchange programs.
Q. If I win a scholarship, do I have to go on active duty?
No. Although most of our scholarship students go on active duty, it is possible to enter the Reserves or National Guard after graduation. Both the US Army Reserves and National Guard also have scholarships available.
Q. Do Military Science courses count toward graduation?
Q. I’m already a second-year. Is it too late for me to enroll?
Not at all. You have two options. First, you could “compress” the first two years of Military Science by taking both first and second-year classes in the second year. If you cannot complete all the courses, we can send you to ROTC Basic Camp in the summer between your second and third year. This is a five-week summer training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky that enables you to enter the Advanced Course.
Q. I want to get my master’s/professional degree before going on active duty. Can I do that?
Yes. During your fourth-year, you can request an educational delay so that you may continue your studies before going on active duty. This is a competitive program and is normally granted only to those students pursuing a technical or professional degree such as law school or medical school.
Q. Will I have to attend Basic Training (Boot Camp)?
No. ROTC cadets do not attend Basic Training. In fact, as an ROTC cadet you will not be “in the Army.” You can participate in ROTC as a non-scholarship cadet your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation. This means if ROTC isn’t for you, you can withdraw without incurring a military service obligation.
Q. How much money is an Army ROTC scholarship worth?
An Army ROTC scholarship is worth up to $16,000 towards your tuition. Scholarships also pay $510 a year for books, and a progressive stipend ranging from $250 to $400 a month.
Q. Do I have to get up early in the morning for Army ROTC?
During the first two years, you are responsible for maintaining your own level of physical fitness as you will take the Army Physical Fitness Test twice a year. During your Junior and Senior year, you will participate in organized physical training with the Cadre throughout the week.
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The links on this page are selected to help current cadets in preparing for ROTC Advanced Camp and life as a Second Lieutenant. Cadets are reminded that this is for their on-campus use and not to be taken to Advanced Camp.