Both Army and Navy ROTC programs are available to University of Maine students
who want to become commissioned officers. The Army program is headquartered on
campus, while the Navy program is offered in cooperation with Maine Maritime Academy.
Both programs have offices on campus and offer a variety of scholarships.
The Army ROTC program leads to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United
States Army, Army Reserves or Army National Guard. Students enrolled in ROTC classes
may pursue any university curriculum that leads to a baccalaureate or higher degree.
The Army ROTC program is designed around two levels: the Basic and Advanced courses
of military studies. The Basic Course of MSL 100 and MSL 200 level courses is
open to all university students with the exception of MSL 100 - Leadership laboratory,
which is only open to enrolled or contracted ROTC students. Students taking classes
in the Basic Course are not under any obligation to the Army.
Students may take MSL courses at the 300 and 400 levels only with the permission
of the Professor of Military Science. Students wishing to contract and pursue
a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army may do so in one
of four ways:
- Be selected and accept a ROTC Scholarship
- Complete MSL 101, 102, 201, and 202 classes with an average grade of “C” or better,
be accepted by the Professor of Military Science, and sign a contract at the end
of the sophomore year or during the first semester of the junior year
- Complete a five-week summer training session before the start of the junior year,
after which the student may contract
- Veterans of any branch of the military may be eligible to contract at the start
of their junior year.
The Department of the Army offers four, three and two-year Scholarships, a four
and a two-year Dedicated National Guard Scholarship, and two-year Guaranteed Reserve
Forces Duty Scholarships to selected students who have demonstrated outstanding
leadership and scholastic ability. These scholarships pay up to $17,000 per year
toward tuition and mandatory fees, $600 per year for textbooks, and $250 - $400
per month tax free stipend during the academic year for the duration of the scholarship.
Four-year scholarship winners (with 1100+ SAT scores) or three-year Advanced Designee
scholarship winners (with 1200+ SAT scores) who attend the University of Maine
will receive an additional $2,500 grant annually from the University of Maine.
Non-scholarship contracted students in the last two years of the program also
receive the tax-free $350 - $400 monthly stipend during the academic year.
Army ROTC at the University of Maine is an Army Partnership in Nursing Education
program, and has special, designated scholarships and programs for qualified UMaine
The program has administrative and medical requirements which must be met in
order to qualify for a scholarship, contract and commission.
Specific information regarding the program and Army ROTC classes may be obtained
by contacting a Military Science and Leadership advisor at (207) 581-1121, or
toll free at 1-888-942-ROTC.
Professional Military Education Courses:
All Army ROTC students must complete courses in each of the following areas in
order to qualify for a commission as an Army officer. See a Military Science faculty
member for which specific courses fulfill these requirements.
- Written communication skills
- Military history
- Computer literacy
- Management Skills
- National Security Studies
Most UMaine colleges accept some Military Science and Leadership courses toward
degree completion. Check with the individual college to determine credit awarded.
All Military Science and Leadership credits count toward a student’s overall GPA.
The Naval ROTC program is designed to train and educate qualified students for
commissioning and active service as officers in the United States Navy and United
States Marine Corps. Commissionees also receive a minor in Naval Science.
In order to be eligible for application to this program a student must:
- Be a US citizen
- Be at least 17 but less than 21 years of age
- Be physically qualified
- Possess satisfactory records of academic ability and moral integrity
- Demonstrate those characteristics desired of a Naval Officer and
- Have no moral obligation or personal conviction that will prevent the bearing
The Naval ROTC Scholarship Program offers the following benefits: all tuition
paid, up to $400 per month subsistence allowance during the school year and a
substantial uniform allowance. Eligible graduates of this program receive commissions
in the United States Navy or Marine Corps and serve on active duty a minimum of
four years. High school students may apply for the national scholarship program
between March 1 of their high school junior year to November 15 of their high
school senior year. Application forms are available from any Navy recruiter and
most guidance counselors. Early application is recommended as this program is
highly competitive. Students already enrolled at UMaine may also be eligible for
The Naval ROTC College Program offers students not on scholarship an opportunity
to participate in ROTC. The monetary benefits of the College Program include:
a substantial uniform allowance and up to $400 per month subsistence allowance
during the junior and senior years. Graduates of the College Program receive commissions
and are required to serve on active duty for three years. Students may apply for
the College Program from the beginning of their first year to the end of their
Students in the College Program may apply for 2 and 3-year scholarships. Selection
is based on academic and Naval ROTC performance. Scholarships are also available
for students in the technical majors (engineering, physics, etc.) who have successfully
completed at least one semester of college. Special Navy and Marine Corps scholarships
are available to Hispanic and African-American students.
Specific information regarding the program and Naval Science courses may be obtained
by calling (207) 581-1551.