Become an Army Officer in Two Years
Through Valley Forge Military College’s Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program, you will become a second lieutenant at the end of your sophomore year. This is a rare and prestigious opportunity, and Valley Forge Military College is the only college in the northeastern United States that can make it possible for you.
Early Commissioning Program (ECP) cadets at Valley Forge are, without a doubt, the top of 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.
If you are accepted to this program, your opportunities upon graduation are best-in-class. As graduates, newly-commissioned second lieutenants 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. During their senior year at their follow-on university, lieutenants who are eligible may compete for active duty with ROTC students in their cohort. When cadets receive their bachelor’s degree, they will continue to serve in the National Guard, in the Reserves, or as active duty in units across the country, around the world, and, in some cases, in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thank you for considering Valley Forge Military College Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program.
The Fall 2022 application process will run: July 1, 2022 through April 15, 2023.
Please note: Valley Forge Military College is a private school with a separate application. The Army ROTC ECP application is an application to the Army to become an officer. Make sure to also apply to Valley Forge Military College through the admissions office or online.
If Accepted, the following paperwork is required:
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 Basic Camp 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 Advanced Camp, a five-week training event designed to develop leadership competencies, the summer between the student’s freshman and sophomore years at VFMC.
Students interested in applying for Army ROTC ECP Scholarships should contact the VFMC Army ROTC Department at (610) 989-1445 or via email to Karen Fluck, Recruiting Operations Officer, for more information. You can also apply to ECP by going to goarmy.com and listing Valley Forge Military College as one of your choices.
Army ROTC ECP Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, rather than financial need.
The Scholarship includes:
In addition, Valley Forge Military College will provide a grant to cover Room & Board while attending VFMC.
In order to be eligible for the program, prospective cadets must:
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 one to two 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 Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY. 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. Last year our team placed first among Military Junior Colleges.
In order to be eligible for commissioning, cadets must maintain a 2.0 term and cumulative GPA and graduate with an associate’s degree, must pass all MSL courses with a term and cumulative MSL GPA of 2.0, must complete Advanced Camp, must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)/height and weight, and the Combat Water Survival Test (CWST), and must pass an American military history course.
Financially, VFMC is a great choice because the school grants a room and board scholarship to all students that contract with an Ike Skelton scholarship. That means that you will be able to pocket most, if not all, of your $420 per month stipend, $1200 per year book allowance and approximately $300 per month drill pay as a college student.
VFMC is also located in one of the premier locations in the country to go to school with at least 13 colleges and universities also located in the surrounding area in a suburban region just 15 miles west of Philadelphia.
Our cadets have a record of excellence at VFMC. This year one of our MS IV cadets received the coveted RECONDO badge at Advanced camp, and one of our MS III cadets received Honor Grad from Basic Camp while at Fort Knox summer training. This summer, we also had two cadets complete Air Assault School and four cadets earned their Airborne wings. Upon graduation, many of our cadets go on to complete their Bachelor’s degree at top tier universities to include: Cornell, Columbia, William and Mary, Baylor, Syracuse, Villanova, Penn State, Norwich, Ohio State, Pitt, and many others.
If you would like more information, contact the Senior ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-989-1445.
Congratulations on receiving a National Board ECP scholarship offer! The following paperwork is necessary for us to have on file in order to slot you for Basic Camp this summer and for you to contract into the Army in the fall.
Mail to: VFMC ROTC, 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, PA 19087
*This paperwork is for the Army. Valley Forge Military College is a private school with a separate application. Make sure to also apply to Valley Forge Military College through the admissions office or apply to the school on-line here.
The Army covers a cadet’s full tuition while the school, Valley Forge Military College, grants an additional scholarship covering room and board to our ECP scholarship cadets.
Cadets receive a stipend of $420/month freshman year and $420/month sophomore year. They also receive a book allowance of $600 each semester.
Cadets graduate from VFMC with an associate’s degree and simultaneously commission as a 2LT into the U.S. Army. They will have a service obligation of either 8 years in the Reserves or National Guard, or 4 years of active duty. The service obligation begins at graduation from VFMC, so the 2LT will begin serving those years in a non-deployable status in the Reserves or National Guard while they attend their 4 year university.
Yes. Second Lieutenants that graduate from an ECP have the option to use Army funds (called EAP) to pay full tuition for their follow on school for up to two years. EAP will pay either full tuition (no cap) or room and board (capped at $10,000). *There is an additional service obligation of one year Reserves or National Guard for each year that a Lieutenant uses EAP. (There is no additional service obligation if the officer goes active duty).
Any of the 1000+ Army ROTC affiliated schools. You can attend any school that is affiliated with Army ROTC to include the Ivy Schools, private institutions or state schools.
Yes. All ECP cadets commission into the Reserve component after completing their associate’s degree at VFMC and serve in the Reserves or National Guard while they complete their bachelor’s degree at a follow on four year school. If an ECP cadet wishes to compete for active duty, they must request to revoke their reserve status during their sophomore year at VFMC. If that gets approved, they will then compete for active duty during their senior year along with all the other ROTC cadets for that year’s cohort.
Incoming freshman to VFMC attend a four day mini-camp at VFMC and then go to Basic Camp held at Ft. Knox (approximately 30 days) the summer before beginning ECP. This training counts as credit for Military Science 100 and 200 level classes, which they would otherwise be taking during their freshman and sophomore years at a traditional four year program. That training enables them to be Military Science 300 level as freshman. We call them MS III’s. They will attend Advanced Camp after freshman year at Ft. Knox and return as MS IV’s while they are sophomores. After graduating from VFMC with an associate’s degree, they commission as officers and start serving in the reserves. They must complete their bachelor’s degree as part of their contract within 36 months.
Yes. Your status will change from enlisted to cadet.
Yes. Cadets have the opportunity to attend additional training after attending the required ROTC Advanced Camp the summer after their freshman year. Every summer we have cadets attend Airborne and Air Assault schools, as well as Cadet Troop Leader Training and Drill Cadet Leader Training (CTLT/DCLT) shadowing either a 2nd Lieutenant Platoon Leader or a Drill Sergeant during their daily duties and training. Cadets also can apply to the Cultural Understanding Language Program (CULP) where they travel with a team of Cadets to a foreign country and partner with local universities or militaries to conduct language and other training and service projects. We have several cadets accepted to participate in CULP every year.
|Professor of Military Science||LTC Josh Meyer, USAemail@example.com||610-989-1440|
|Senior Military Instructor||MSG Joshua S. Newton, USAfirstname.lastname@example.org||610-989-1387|
|Recruiting Ops Officer||Ms. Karen Fluckemail@example.com||610-989-1445|
|APMS/Executive Officer||CPT Otto Tesson, USAfirstname.lastname@example.org||610-989-1219|
|Assistant S3||Mr. Josh Westemail@example.com||610-989-1217|
|MS I & II Instructor||SFC John Rutherfordfirstname.lastname@example.org||610-989-1218|
|APMS/MSIII Instructor/S3||CPT CPT Hugh Pearce, USAemail@example.com||610-989-1220|
|MS III Instructor||SFC Stephen Douglassfirstname.lastname@example.org||610-989-1447|
|MS IV Instructor||Mr. Tom Rafteremail@example.com||610-989-1446|
|Supply Technician||Mr. Juan Anicofirstname.lastname@example.org||610-989-1562|
|Logistics||Mr. Harry Goboraemail@example.com||610-989-1439|
|Human Resource Assistant||Mr. Jay Courtneyfirstname.lastname@example.org||610-989-1443|
|Human Resource Assistant||Mr. Michael Pachellaemail@example.com||610-989-1449|