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Reserve Officer Training Corps

ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) enables students, while obtaining a college education, to take classes from regular military faculty, supplemented with hands-on training, sports programs and social activities.

Taken together, the academic and military instruction equips students with the qualities that will give them a competitive edge in life and enhance their personal success.

ROTC has a wide variety of scholarships available. Please consult the websites below for points-of-contact and other information.

Since Fairfield University does not have an ROTC program on campus, students enrolled in ROTC will take ROTC classes at nearby host institutions.

Feel free to request additional information here, or contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (203) 254-4211.

Air Force ROTC Main Site
Host institution (Yale University)

Army ROTC Main Site
Host institution (University of New Haven)

Student Profiles

Michael Durante

 
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What drew you to ROTC in general: I wanted to serve my country, I wanted to lead soldiers, and be a part of something bigger. There were actually some benefits to attending ROTC classes/activities at a different school - to step away, have the great experience of being a college student, and still get the ROTC experience was really rewarding. It required more responsibility and planning, but it was worth it. At the end of the day, the benefits far exceeded the hardships. You can be a college student and be a cadet, it just requires a little more sacrifice and discipline to uphold your obligations on both ends.

Journey since graduating: I graduated in late May, my commissioning ceremony was the next week, and then I reported to Fort Benning, Georgia on June 1 for active duty. I spent a year after that in each of Fort Benning's Airborne and Ranger School and then three years in Vicenza, Italy as a platoon leader. Next I traveled to Fort Huachuca, Arizona for 6 months and then to Fort Carson, Colorado as part of Battalion S2.

Advice you would give to a first-year ROTC student: You may have to struggle now and be disciplined now for the reward later; there is nothing better than getting your commission, doing your salute, and realizing your work in college is paying off - the flip side is, showing up to first assignment is always a learning experience - you'll get thrown into jobs where you might have no idea what you're doing at the beginning. This sets you up for success 10 fold because of the habits and adaptability skills you build.

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