The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has been a part of McDaniel College since 1919 and is one of the oldest programs in the nation. Through this program, both men and women are commissioned as Army officers with the rank of Second Lieutenant upon graduation. Students can be guaranteed service as an officer with the Army Reserve, Army National Guard or serve fulltime with the Active Army. No major is offered in this field, however, Military Science can be an integral part of a student-designed major or minor and/or an elective for any major. The courses are designed to develop the leadership ability of each student.
Winslow Hall, upper level
LTC Eric S. Atherton
Majors & Courses
No major is offered in this discipline.
Freshman and sophomore students can enroll in the Military Science program without obligation. Junior and senior courses are designed for Cadets selected by the Professor of Military Science to advance forward to commissioning and meet for three hours each week. Cadets attend a one-hour leadership laboratory providing action and experiential learning in military and leadership skills such as rappelling, rifle marksmanship, first aid, patrolling, radio communications, and water survival.
The ROTC program offers two, three, and four year full-tuition scholarships and/or a monthly stipend with book allowance for qualifying cadets. To learn more about qualifying, go to www.armyrotc.com/edu/mcdanielcollege/index.htm.
McDaniel College generously supplements the Army’s scholarship benefits for all students who are Army ROTC scholarship winners. These additional benefits consist of room and board costs.
Following commissioning, new Army officers serve in a variety of fields, including aviation, medical services, personnel, finance, intelligence, communications, infantry, artillery, armor, law enforcement and engineering.
Lieutenant Colonel and Department Chair Eric S. Atherton
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Eric Atherton is a native of Bethesda, MD. He was commissioned and graduated from the University of Richmond, VA in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. LTC Atherton completed the Air Defense Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss Texas and then served as an Avenger and Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) platoon leader, BSFV/Stinger battery executive officer, and battalion assistant operations officer in 4-5 Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX from 1995-1998. He was an honor graduate from the Air Defense Officer Advanced Course in 1998 and was assigned to 4-3 ADA Battalion, 1st Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany, where he served as an assistant operations officer and Avenger battery commander. In 2002, LTC Atherton assumed command of B/3-13 Infantry (Basic Combat Training) at Fort Jackson, SC, then served as the Aide-de-camp to the Commanding General of Fort Jackson, and later became the primary instructor and training developer of the Company Commander and First Sergeant Course at the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Initial Entry Training Pre-Command Course.
In 2005, he was assigned to 3d Infantry Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY and deployed with them to Regional Command-East, Afghanistan from March 2006 to June 2007, serving as the BCT’s Air Defense and Airspace Management Cell Chief, Chief of Plans, and Knowledge Management Officer. Upon his graduation from the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS in 2008, LTC Atherton served in the Pentagon as Chief of Training Branch, Adaptive Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Solutions (ACES) Division in the Operations Directorate of the Department of the Army G3/5/7, where he was responsible for identifying and resourcing C-IED training solutions for deploying units.
In 2011, LTC Atherton was assigned as a Stability and Transition Team Chief with 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), 1st Cavalry Division, and deployed to Southern Iraq from July-December 2011 as a combat advisor to an Iraqi Army Brigade and Air Force Wing, and then to Arifjan, Kuwait from January-May 2012, serving as the HBCT LNO to US Army Central Command. Upon his re-deployment, LTC Atherton joined his Family at Fort Sill, OK and was assigned as the Deputy Commander of 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade from June 2012-June 2013. LTC Atherton assumed duties as the ROTC Professor of Military Science (PMS) at McDaniel College in August 2013. LTC Atherton earned his Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and is also a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, Joint Firepower, Space Operations, Instructor Training, and Military Assistance Security Advisor courses. He is married to LTC Betsy Atherton and they have a 9-year old daughter, Julia. His hobbies include playing and watching a variety of sports, travelling, and reading.
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) and Senior Military Science Instructor Mr. Familetti
(B.S., Lafayette College), Armor and Logistics officer in 2011. His assignments included tours in Germany, Korea, Afghanistan, and various stateside posts. His military education includes: Command and General Staff College, Combat Developers Course, Support Operations Officer Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Battalion Motor Officer Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course; Ordnance Officer Branch Qualification Course, Airborne School, and the Armor Officer Basic Course.
Master Sergeant and Senior Military Science Instructor Harvey Wilson III
Other optional activities are available for Army Cadets. These include helicopter rappelling, mountaineering, parachuting, winter survival training in Alaska, and temporary assignments in active army units throughout Korea, Europe, and the United States. Cadets can attend the Leadership Training Course and National Advanced Leadership Camps. These are 4-week summer camps designed to hone military and leadership skills.
The Ranger Platoon is a cadet-run organization open to all cadets that specializes in adventure training such as rappelling, patrolling, mountain operations, and river operations. Once each year they compete against 30 other schools in a two-day competition of physical and military events.
ROTC Enrollment Packet
The five documents listed below must be completed if the student wants to partake in the extra curricula activities associated with ROTC, such as: Physical fitness training, leadership labs, and Field Training Exercise (FTX) which include rifle ranges, land navigation training, obstacle courses, and leader reaction courses.
1. Proof of Citizenship - Students must provide official documentation demonstrating that they are a citizen of the United States. This can be completed by producing either a U.S. Birth Certificate or unexpired U.S. Passport.
2. CC 139-R (.xls) - This is a cadet enrollment record form. The form has 6 tabs/pages in the bottom left corner; however, only the first 2 tabs need to be completed for contracting purposes. The following is a list of items that may help you when filling out the form:
- Block # 9: DOB - Date of Birth
- Block # 10: POB – Place of Birth
- Block # 24: Next of Kin- who would we contact in an emergency
- Block # 25a / 26a: FICE code – do not fill this in
- Tab /page #2: Initial one box in each section (blocks #42-46) on the second tab.
- You must sign tab/page #2 where is states "All information given on this form is correct to the best of my knowledge."
3. CC 137 (.xls) - Authorization for access to student records.
- Fill out part 1 if you would want to authorize an ROTC instructor to speak with your parents about your performance, to include grades, should they contact us.
- Fill out part 2 if you do not want us to discuss your performance with your parents/legal guardian.
4. CC 136 (.pdf) - Government Sponsored Benefits for ROTC Cadets. Sign and date the bottom of the form. This indicates that you have read and understand the information on the form.
5. DA 3425-R (.pdf) - Medical fitness statement. Go to your physician and have that physician fill out this form saying you have no medical conditions or physical impairments that may hinder your participation in ROTC.