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NMC Encourages SROTC Before Enlisting (February 18, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College continues to encourage individuals who express interest in the military to enroll in its Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (SROTC) program for improved military position status and added benefits.

NMC students currently enrolled under the program may be eligible for full-tuition and merit based scholarships to cover tuition, books and living allowances once they reach UOG. Individuals who are able to complete the full 4-Years of the program and graduate from UOG with a Bachelors degree will become commissioned officers, immediately creating an elite status in the U.S. Army.

Benefits of going through the SROTC program include higher base pay ($32,000 a year once in the military), a guaranteed bachelor’s degree in four years, various scholarship opportunities and a monthly allowance of up to $500 while in college. Students will not be obligated to the U.S. Army until three years after enrollment.

The SROTC program is facilitated by the Community Development Institute through the Extended Degrees and University Partnership Program and the University of Guam (UOG). Due to the growing number of military personnel and demand for improved education amongst military participants, NMC reestablished a previous relationship five years ago with UOG and the U.S. Army to deliver the first two years of SROTC military science courses that could be used to attain an officer career status in the U.S. Army.

Some of the SROTC course offerings through CDI include Foundations of Leadership (MSL101), Basic Leadership (MSL102), Individual Leadership Studies (MSL201) and Leadership and Teamwork (MSL202). The courses aimed at establishing a framework for understanding leadership development, Army values, military science and officership. Students are also taught to develop effective oral and writing skills, first aid, military tactics, navigation skills and teamwork. Students are also eligible to participate in Field Training Exercises in which they get a chance to practice their classroom training live on the training battlefields or either Saipan or Guam.

“We are very fortunate that we are able to offer military science courses to our SROTC students. The benefits of going through SROTC exceed enlisting directly into the military immediately after high school,” said NMC Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera.

NMC currently has 16 students enrolled under the SROTC program and an instructor from UOG that facilitates the military science courses.

In order for students to qualify for military science courses, they must be a full-time NMC student and meet other criteria.

For more information on NMC’s SROTC program, contact David Attao at 234-5498 ext. 1014 or John Manalo at ext. 1030 or visit the NMC website at

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