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Benefits and Support

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West Chester ROTC
809 Roslyn Avenue
West Chester, PA 19382

Widener University (Host)
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

CPT Matthew Pochak
Phone: 610-430-4403

Benefits and Support


Army ROTC is called "the smartest college course you can take" because it teaches skills you'll need in order to do well in college and beyond. You'll learn how to lead and work with others, write and speak effectively, manage your time and become a more disciplined student. It enhances your education by providing both training and experience in leadership and management. It develops self-discipline, responsibility, and confidence–qualities basic to success in the Army or in a civilian career.

Great Americans such as former Secretary of State General Colin Powell are ROTC graduates. It is a challenging program which can lead to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard. But whether you try ROTC for all four years or for only a single semester, the leadership and management skills developed will remain for a lifetime. Bottom line...if you think you are a leader, Army ROTC will make you better!


Following graduation, most Cadets who are commissioned will serve on active duty for a minimum of four years at a starting salary of over $33,000 per year (not including their Basic Allowance for Housing and Basic Allowance for Subsistence). Those leaving the service after their obligation is fulfilled might be heavily recruited for their management experience by leading companies in industry. Employers know that Army ROTC teaches the leadership and management skills they're looking for in the people they hire and promote. In today’s highly competitive job market, ROTC training can provide a critical edge over your contemporaries.

Scholarship Cadets

Scholarship Cadets receive a monthly while actively participating in the ROTC program. The stipend varies depending on the Military Science Class Year:

  • First-Year: $300/month
  • Sophomores: $350/month
  • Juniors: $450/month
  • Seniors: $500/month

Additionally, they are paid for advanced training. Scholarship Cadets also receive $1,200 for books per academic year.

Other Benefits

  • A free comprehensive physical examination
  • Free travel, room, and food for all authorized ROTC training
  • Free air travel on Air Mobility Command (AMC) flights on a space available basis (for contracted Cadets)
  • Opportunity to attend military schools (Airborne, Air Assault, etc.)
  • Academic credit for MS courses
  • Social organizations and club teams
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