Lieutenant Colonel Eric S. Atherton (Department Chair), Major Frank Tortella, Major John Reilly, Master Sergeant Nicholas Martinelli, Sergeant First Class Nicholas Beatty, and Mr. Robert Familetti.
No major is offered in this field, however, Military Science can be an integral part of a student-designed major or minor and/or an elective for any major.
The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has been a part of McDaniel College since 1919 and is one of the oldest programs in the nation. Through this program, both men and women are commissioned as Army officers with the rank of Second Lieutenant upon graduation. Students can be guaranteed service as an officer with the Army Reserve, Army National Guard or serve fulltime with the Active Army.
The courses are designed to develop the leadership ability of each student. Freshman and sophomore students can enroll in the program without obligating themselves to military service. Freshman courses meet for one hour each week and sophomore courses for two hours. Junior and senior courses are designed for Cadets selected by the Professor of Military Science to advance forward to commissioning and meet for three hours each week. Cadets attend a one-hour leadership laboratory providing action and experiential learning in military and leadership skills such as rifle marksmanship, first aid, patrolling, radio communications, and water survival.
Other optional activities are available for Army Cadets. These include helicopter rappelling, mountaineering, parachuting, winter survival training in Alaska, and temporary assignments in active army units throughout Korea, Europe, and the United States. Cadets can attend the Leadership Training Course and National Advanced Leadership Camps. These are 4-week summer training opportunities designed to hone military and leadership skills. The Ranger Challenge Team is a Cadet-run organization open to all cadets that specializes in adventure training such as rappelling, patrolling, mountain operations, and river operations. Once each year they compete against 37 other ROTC programs in a two-day competition of physical and military events.
All students, freshman through seniors, can compete for Army ROTC scholarships worth over $40,000 per year. These competitive merit scholarships pay full tuition and a substantial book allowance of $1200 per year. Recipients receive a monthly stipend of $300 per month as a freshman, $350 as a sophomore, which rises to $450 as a junior and to $500 per month by the senior year during the academic school year. McDaniel College generously supplements the Army’s scholarship benefits for all students who are Army ROTC scholarship winners with an additional room and board grant that covers the majority of those costs.
Non-scholarship cadets entering the junior year and all scholarship recipients are obligated to military service as an Army officer. Nonscholarship cadets receive the book allowance of $1200 per year and the living expense stipend of $450 (juniors) or $500 (seniors). Officers serve in a variety of fields, including aviation, medical, personnel, armor, artillery, infantry, intelligence, cyber, communications, law enforcement, and engineering.