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The Military Science Program is open to both male and female students who desire to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Students in the first two years of the four-year program incur no military obligation by enrollment in the ROTC Program. Additionally, these freshman and sophomore level Military Sciences courses (maximum of 6 academic credit hours at Edinboro) are offered without cost to full-time students and may be applied toward graduation requirements. Necessary books and equipment are also furnished with no cost to the student.

The primary objective of the ROTC program is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army. In peace or war, this is one of the most important missions that can be undertaken. Students commissioned as Second Lieutenants will have an impact on the Armed Forces for the next twenty to thirty years.

Students enrolled in the program receive instruction in the fundamentals of leadership with emphasis on self-discipline, integrity, confidence, and responsibility. This instruction is given in the classroom, on practical field training exercises, and during the summer Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) and Leaders Training Course (LTC), Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT), Northern Warfare Training Course (NWTC), and the Airborne and Air Assault schools. These training experiences enable the student to evaluate situations, make decisions, and develop those attributes considered essential to a leader in both the civilian and military environment.