Veterans Office: Student Organizations

    Air Force ROTC

    AFROTC is a professional training program for college students in any major. The classes are at no cost to the student and meet just 1 day per week (Thursdays). The program provides students the opportunity to develop and practice leadership & team-building skills, along with a wide range of professional qualities that will be beneficial no matter what career path they choose.

    The program is open to any full-time (12+ credit hours) college student attending a college in Northeastern PA, including:

    • Bloomsburg University                                    
    • Marywood University
    • East Stroudsburg University                          
    • Misericordia University
    • Kings College                                                       
    • PSU – Hazleton, Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Extensions
    • LCCC                                                                        
    • University of Scranton

    The AFROTC program consists of 2 classes and a group fitness session, all meeting weekly on Thursday evenings.

    • Academic Class (1 hour/week) 2:30 – 3:20PM
    • Leadership Laboratory (2 hours/week) 4 – 6PM
    • Group Fitness Session (1 hour immediately following Leadership Lab) 6 – 7PM

    During the program, students are afforded various opportunities and experiences at NO COST to create a unique & memorable college experience, develop and practice hands-on leadership skills, and receive expert mentoring from trained Air Force faculty in an environment that encourages students to develop and grow to their fullest potential. Students will make personal connections with peers from schools and make friendships outside of their major.  It's an excellent opportunity for peer mentoring and to be engaged in a welcoming and positive support network that strives for excellence.

    Air Force ROTC Can Help Pay for College and Jumpstart Your Career

    As a member of Air Force ROTC, you will enjoy college life just like any other student! There are a variety of paths available to students, with varying obligations, outcomes, and options.

    • You can wait until your junior year to decide if you want to commit to becoming an Air Force officer
    • AFROTC works closely with the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve should you decide you wish to continue your Air Force affiliation part-time or locally after graduation.
    • We offer a wide variety of AFROTC scholarships to both high school & college students (full & partial tuition)

    Should you choose to continue in the AFROTC program for active duty, students who apply and qualify will have a guaranteed, full-time professional career serving in a leadership role (not entry-level) as an Air Force Officer post-graduation in a career field based on their educational background and experience.

    Military Science Courses

    At the conclusion of the Military Science Program of study students should demonstrate a firm understanding of the following: 

    • Leadership Attributes, Skills, Actions
    • Army Values, Professional Ethics, Warrior Ethos, Ethical Decision Making
    • Military Law
    • Tactical Operations
    • Personal Development – Character, Intellectual Capacity, Adaptability, Physical Fitness
    • Officership – Military History, Military Heritage, Army Management and Administration, Customs, and Courtesies

    Military Science 401 & 402

    Military Science and Leadership 401 and 402 are designed to develop a student’s proficiency in leading, planning, executing and assessing complex operations, as well as functioning as a member of a staff and providing leadership-performance feedback to subordinates.  These courses provide students with situational opportunities to assess risk, analyze Military History, make ethical decisions and provide mentoring to fellow Military Science students.  Students are expected to analyze and evaluate their own leadership skills, as well as those of fellow cadets in order to further develop those leadership abilities.  In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 401/402 will participate in Army Physical Training four days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.  Additionally, all MS 401 Cadets will take part in a Military Staff Ride to a National Battlefield as part of the course and their professional development.

    Military Science 301 & 302

    The Military Science 301 and 302 courses challenge Cadets to study, practice and evaluate leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the R.O.T.C. Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  Students are presented with challenging scenarios related to small-unit tactical operations in order to develop self-awareness and critical-thinking skills.  Cadets are expected to apply effective oral and written communications skills to operations.  Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback from peers and instructors on their leadership values, attributes, skills and actions. In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 301/302 will participate in Army Physical Training four days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.

    Military Science 201 & 202

    The Military Science and Leadership 201 and 202 courses will highlight dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling and the operation orders.  Additional learning objectives of this course are to explore leadership in the operational environment incorporating tactical strategies, and team development. We will continue to explore theoretical foundations of the Army leadership framework and investigate adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. This course is designed to provide the student with a glimpse of future subjects and to provide the student with enough information to make an informed decision on their interest level for this course.  In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 201/202 will participate in Army Physical Training four days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.

    Military Science 101 & 102

    Military Science 101 and 102 courses introduce Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership.  Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness and stress management relate to leadership and officership.  The courses help students develop a basic knowledge and understanding of Army leader attributes, core leader competencies and understand the role of R.O.T.C. and its purpose in the Army. In addition to classroom instruction all students enrolled in Military Science 101/102 will participate in Army Physical Training four days a week, Military Leadership Labs once a week, and a Battalion Level Field Training Exercise each semester.

    Leadership Lab

    Every Cadet enrolled in a Military Science course will also enroll in and attend a weekly two-hour Leadership Lab conducted each Thursday afternoon.  Leadership Labs are designed to allow Cadets to practice the skills and leadership traits they have received in the classroom in a tactical and hands-on setting.  Cadets will be trained and tested on a wide-range of Military skills at Leadership Labs throughout the semester.  Cadets will receive training and instruction in areas such as Drill & Ceremony, First Aid, Small Unit Tactics/Patrolling, Land Navigation, Weapons assembly and disassembly and much more.  Leadership Labs are designed to prepare Cadets to be proficient in skills that they will be expected to demonstrate during the Leadership Develop and Assessment Course held between the MS III and MS IV year. 

    Physical Training

    The Royal Warrior Battalion executes a strenuous physical training program designed to test the physical stamina and endurance of Cadets.  Cadets will attend physical training four mornings a week from 0630-0730.  The physical training program uses a combination of exercises, routines and training to prepare Cadets to successfully pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, meet the physical demands of various summer training programs, to include the Leader Development and Assessment Course, as well as develop and maintain the mental and physical stamina demanded of leaders in the United States Army.

    Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)

    Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is the most important training event in the career progression of an Army ROTC Cadet. The 29-day course incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. LDAC tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations both in a tactical and garrison environment.  A student typically attends LDAC during the summer between his or her Junior and Senior year.  The course is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky.


    Contact the AFROTC department and we will take care of the registration. Check out the main AFROTC site for more info about AFROTC: We Welcome Visitors!  To schedule an in-person tour at our offices in Wilkes-Barre, PA, please contact us at 570-408-4860 or email at: to set up an appointment that fits with your schedule.

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    salute honor society induction members

    Salute Honor Society

    COL Lorraine Breen inducted 6 student veterans into Marywood University's SALUTE Chapter

    Pictured: Joseph Chrobak, Gold (2013), Jeffrey Decker, Gold (2014), Christopher Smith, Delta (2014)

    Not Pictured: Julia Casper, Alpha (2014), Sabastian Swika-Post, Delta (2014), Brian Cox, Gold (2014)

    Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence

    Apply to the Salute Honor Society

    Marywood University's Student Veteran Alliance

    The Marywood University Student Veteran Alliance (SVA) has been named an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

    Mission Statement 

    Marywood University Student Veteran Alliance strives to provide military, veterans and their families with advocacy and resources necessary to support their successful transition into, and through, Marywood University; with the ultimate goal of employment after graduation.

    The SVA has 2 main goals and 6 objectives.

    • Increase membership and maintain sustainability.
      • Increase club membership by 10% by Spring 2016.
      • Establish a veteran alumni network with at least 10 members by the end of spring 2016.
      • Maintain at least one-month overlap between incoming and outgoing officers every election.
    • Expand outreach to the campus and community.
      • Increase attendance for Veterans Day Activities by 50 people by November 11, 2016.
      • Increase money raised for Operation: Tails for Troops by 10% by April 2016.
      • Add partnership with 2 additional community organizations by spring 2016.

    For Information on how to join the Marywood University Student Veteran Alliance please email us at: or check us out on Facebook.