• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities
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Military Leadership

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The U.S. Army and Ripon College offer Army ROTC courses that can lead to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Excellent opportunities, benefits and a variety of careers in the military service are available as a commissioned officer in the Active Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard.

ROTC provides continuous development of leadership, time management and decision-making skills along with programs to refine abilities in public speaking, management, evaluation criteria, and behavior and ethics. You’ll need all of these skills to be successful, whether you are a student, involved in civic affairs, or serve as a commissioned officer. Army ROTC provides the fundamentals to deal with the problems in any work environment.

A student who does not complete the basic ROTC courses — normally taken in the first year and sophomore years — may enter the military science program in the junior year, but must seek approval from the military science faculty.

Program Spotlight


Israel Schaeffer

Captain, Military Science Department

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Kyle Cordas

Captain, Assistant Professor of Military Science

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Michael Lieske

Recruiting/Scholarship Officer, Fox Valley ROTC Department

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21 credits including MIL 151, 152, 251 and 252, or for students who have completed basic training or the Leaders Training Course, MIL 301 and 302; CMM 215; one of the following courses: HIS 242, HIS 282, HIS 351, or another history course with department approval; one of the following courses: ANT 110, SOC 110, ECO 211, GLB 112, POL 280, PSC 110, or a third semester foreign languages course; one of the following courses: HIS 362, POL 343 or POL 385.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty advisor based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty advisor throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in any competitive environment. The leadership training and experiences that students have in Army ROTC will provide them with a foundation to become commissioned Army Officers upon graduation.

Upon completion of the Army ROTC program, graduates will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and will embark on specialized training in their first Army branch.

Upon completion of officer branch training and a first assignment, Army officers may pursue additional specialized training and postgraduate education opportunities. They will be assigned to advanced leadership job positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, they may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

ROTC Leader’s Training Course

A student who does not complete the basic ROTC courses (normally taken in the first-year and sophomore years) may enter the military science program in the junior year by completing 28 days of leadership development instruction in the Leader Development Course (LDC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Participants receive military pay and travel allowances.

Qualified students generally are offered a two-year ROTC scholarship covering full tuition, room and board, and book expenses upon completion of LTC. Further information may be obtained from the Department of Military Science.

Length of program: Please consult with the Department of Military Science regarding eligibility, credits and the application deadline.

Unique Opportunities

  • A variety of scholarships from Ripon College and the U.S. Army are available to cover up to the full cost of college tuition, books and fees. The Army gives special consideration for an Army ROTC scholarship to students pursuing degrees in nursing, engineering, the physical sciences and other technical skills currently in demand.
  • Students also may apply for graduate study and professional studies such as law, medicine or dentistry prior to commissioning.