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Valley Forge Military College is the only college in the northeastern United States that offers qualified freshmen the opportunity to participate in an Early Commissioning Program leading to a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves or Army National Guard at the end of their sophomore year.

Early Commissioning/ROTC

Thank you for your interest in the Army ROTC Program at Valley Forge Military College.

Upon graduation from Valley Forge, the newly-commissioned second lieutenants will serve in National Guard or Army Reserve units as platoon leaders while they complete their bachelor’s degrees at colleges and universities around the Nation. When cadets receive their bachelor’s degree, they will continue to serve in the National Guard or Reserves in units across the country, around the world, and, in some cases, in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ECP cadets at Valley Forge are, without a doubt, the best in the Corps of Cadets. Many hold leadership positions, including Regimental Executive Officer, Infantry Battalion Commander, and Regimental Sergeant Major. Academically, ECP cadets are out front, as well. ECP graduates can be found throughout the U.S. Army, leading American soldiers and representing Valley Forge.

Apply Today!

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming academic year.
ECP applications are due no later than 15 April.

Apply Here by Completing the Required ECP Application Forms

Required information and application forms for the program are now available for you on-line. These documents can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, click here.

Print all three forms below and fill them out, sign all three and send them back to VFMC – Army ROTC. Make sure all entries are clear and legible. Ensure that you fill them out honestly and completely. There is a lot of paperwork, but it is worth it!

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the program, prospective cadets must:

  • have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale,
  • must have a combined math and verbal score of at least 850 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT,
  • must pass a Department of Defense medical exam,
  • must be at least 17 years of age
  • must complete specific military training prior to entering the ECP at Valley Forge. (Most cadets attend the four-week Leaders Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky during the summer before they arrive at Valley Forge.) Soldiers who have completed Basic Combat Training are pre-qualified and need not attend LTC.
  • and must be a U.S. citizen of good moral character.

Additionally, prospective cadets interested in an Army scholarship must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and an SAT score of 920 or an ACT score of 19.

ECP cadets undergo a rigorous course of instruction during their two years at Valley Forge. In addition to their regular academic course schedule, cadets take a Military Science and Leadership (MSL) course each semester. The MSL curriculum consists of classroom instruction, a weekly leadership lab, physical training, and weekend training conducted three times per semester. Weekend training is focused on developing critical thinking adaptive leaders through situational experiences grounded in Army doctrine.

During the summer between their freshman and sophomore years at Valley Forge, cadets attend the five-week Cadet Leadership Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In addition, cadets may compete for and attend the Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Air Assault Course at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, may spend several weeks with an active duty Army unit in the Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) program, or travel to a foreign country to train foreign soldiers in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program (CULP). Following summer training, cadets return to Valley Forge where they prepare for leadership experiences as a platoon leader.

In addition to required training, cadets may participate in optional training. The Ranger Challenge team competes annually – and very successfully — against Military Junior and Senior Colleges and universities in the 1st Brigade.

In order to be eligible for commissioning, cadets must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and graduate with an associate’s degree, must pass all MSL courses with a cumulative MSL GPA of 2.0, must complete CLC, must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and the Combat Water Survival Test (CWST), and must pass a military history course.

Application Process

Applications for the upcoming Academic Year are now being accepted.

Applying to the Early Commissioning Program (ECP) at VFMC is a five step process:

  1. Determine if you meet the eligibility standards as stated above.
  2. Apply to gain acceptance into Valley Forge Military College (may apply online or via mail)
  3. Simultaneously, apply to the Early Commissioning Program. Download & print following required Forms for ECP Application Process.
  4. Make sure all entries are clear and legible. Pay attention to the manner in which you complete these application forms; in particular, consider the photograph you provide. Remember, this is our first look at you and you want to project a positive image. Please mail to:
    Valley Forge Military College
    ATTN: Army ROTC
    1001 Eagle Road
    Wayne, PA 19087
  5. Deadline for receipt of application is 15 April. After 15 April there is NO GUARANTEE there will be seats available for the Fall Class (1 August for applicants who have completed basic combat training). Upon receipt, your application will be screened to ensure that you meet eligibility standards. Once this has been completed, you will be scheduled for a personal interview with the Professor of Military Science.

If accepted into the ECP, you will be scheduled for a Department of Defense medical examination with a physician near your home and at no cost to you. Once physically qualified, you will be scheduled for training. Once accepted into the ECP program, students are required to attend the four-week Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)) at Fort Knox, KY, the summer prior to entering the program, for those who have not completed Basic Combat Training in one of the branches of the armed forces. All ECP scholarship and non-scholarship cadets who require this training are scheduled by the Army ROTC Recruiting Officer to attend. In addition, cadets must complete the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC), a 32 day training event designed to develop leadership competancies, the summer between the student’s freshman and sophomore years at VFMC.

ROTC Scholarships

Military Junior College (MJC) Scholarships – for ECP/SROTC

Military Junior College Scholarships are awarded by the Professor of Military Science to students participating in the Early Commissioning Program.  These scholarships require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and either a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 920 or an ACT composite score of 19.  Applicants for a Military Junior College Scholarship must have graduated from a regionally accredited high school or have completed the GED, must meet physical standards including height and weight standards, have security clearance, be a US citizen at least 17 years old, and be accepted into the VFMC Corps of Cadets.

Students interested in applying for ECP ROTC Scholarships should contact the VFMC ROTC Department at (610) 989-1445  or via email to Karen Fluck Recruiting Operations Officer for more information.

Army ROTC Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, rather than financial need, and pay full tuition and some fees at these levels:

  • 4 Year full tuition
  • 3 Year full tuition, effective sophomore year
  • 2 Year full tuition, effective junior year

Some colleges and universities offer scholarships and grants that can be used towards room and board costs if you receive an ROTC scholarship. Each college and university is different as are the amounts they may offer. Contact your school for more information.

Monthly Living Allowance

Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly subsistence allowance during the school year which begins when you sign your contract.

  • 1st year: $250 per month
  • 2nd year: $300 per month
  • 3rd year: $450 per month
  • 4th year: $500 per month

This allowance is also available to non-scholarship Cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (3rd and 4th year).

Eligibility

Minimum eligibility requirements for an Army ROTC scholarship are:

  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined math and reading score of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT
  • Pass a Department of Defense medical exam
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen of good moral character

Accepting a scholarship requires a service obligation and signed contract.

ROTC Partners

Students at Cabrini College, Eastern University, and Rosemont College may join the ROTC program at Valley Forge Military College.

Why Army ROTC?

College students enrolled in Army ROTC learn how to succeed in any competitive environment.

Cadets participating in the Military Science and Leadership curriculum enjoy many benefits, which may include help with college tuition, acquisition of professional military skills, practical experience in group leadership dynamics, and the respect of future employers.

Simply participating in the ROTC program does not commit a student to serve in the U.S. Army and there are several options available to Army ROTC cadets.

We suggest taking some classes to see if Army ROTC is something you are interested in. Students can take the first two years of Army ROTC without any service obligation or contract. Accepting a scholarship requires a service obligation and signed contract.

Contact the Valley Forge Army ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Officer for further information.

Army ROTC Time Commitment

In addition to classroom instruction, the ROTC Leadership Laboratory is a weekly 3-hour period of practical instruction integral to the Military Science and Leadership curriculum. It is conducted Thursday afternoons with the objective being to provide practical application of classroom instruction in a simulated leadership environment.

Contracted cadets are required to attend morning physical fitness training three times a week as well as field training exercises to perform basic and advanced skills training, such as small unit tactics, land navigation, and basic rifle marksmanship.

Program Eligibility, Scholarships, and Incentives

Minimum eligibility requirements for Army ROTC are:

  • Cumulative 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined math and reading score of 850 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT
  • Pass a Department of Defense medical exam
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen of good moral character

The Army ROTC department at Valley Forge Military College is located on the Valley Forge Military College campus in Shannon Hall. We serve Valley Forge Military College, Cabrini College, Eastern University, and Rosemont College.

The Recruiting and Enrollment Officer is Ms. Karen Fluck. Her email is kfluck@vfmac.edu and she can be reached by phone at (610) 989-1445.

Our address is:
Valley Forge Military College
ATTN: Army ROTC
Shannon Hall
1001 Eagle Road
Wayne, PA 19087

Our regular office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (0900 – 1700). We are closed most federal holidays, but can be available for prospective cadets on weekends and holidays if coordinated prior to your visit.

Early Commissioning

Cabrini, Eastern and Rosemont students do not qualify for the Early Commisioning Program (ECP), a unique program that allows students to earn a U.S. Army Officer’s Commission in just two years. For more information on this program open only to Valley Forge Military College cadets, click here.

Enrollment

Students from Cabrini College, Eastern University, and Rosemont College who wish to take ROTC at Valley Forge Military College must enroll with Sorley House on the Valley Forge Military College campus. If there are conflicts with class times for other mandatory education requirements or obligations you have, we may be able to create alternate classes specific to your situation.

Contact Information

The Army ROTC department at Valley Forge Military College is located on the Valley Forge Military College campus in Shannon Hall. We serve Valley Forge Military College, Cabrini College, Eastern University, and Rosemont College.

The Recruiting Operations Officer is Karen Fluck. Her email is kfluck@vfmac.edu and she can be reached by phone at (610) 989-1445.

Our address is:

Valley Forge Military College
ATTN: ARMY ROTC
1001 Eagle Road
Wayne, PA 19087

Our regular office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (0900 – 1700). We are closed most federal holidays, but can be available for prospective cadets on weekends and holidays if coordinated prior to your visit.

Contacting a VFMC ROTC Staff Member

Emailing an employee:

If you know a staff member’s name and would like to reach him/her via e-mail, the following format can be used to do so:
“first initial, last name” followed by “@vfmac.edu”

Therefore, if the individual’s name were John Public, it would translate into:
“JPublic@vfmac.edu”

Position

Name

Professor of Military Science/MSIV LTC Nathan Minami, USA
Senior Military Instructor/MSIV MSG Mark Hurning, USA
APMS/Executive Officer CPT Tim Kuppler, USA
APMS/S3 CPT Jake Drumheller, USA
APMS CPT Matthan Russell, USA
MSI Instructor SFC Johanna Beck, USA
MSI/MSIII Instructor VACANT
Recruiting Ops Officer Ms. Karen Fluck
Human Resource Assistant VACANT
Human Resource Assistant Mr. Jay Courtney
Logistics Tech Mr. George Nikolaou

Valley Forge Military Academy and College

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