Military Programs for Students

Military Programs for Students

John Jay students have the opportunity during their college careers to enroll in military officer commissioning programs that provide training and in some instances academic coursework.  These programs lead to commissions as a 2nd Lieutenant or an Ensign in the US Armed Forces.  Some of the programs currently available to John Jay students include:

CUNY Army ROTC:  Army ROTC provides college students the skills and leadership training to become officers in the United States Active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.  John Jay students normally enroll at the ROTC program hosted at nearby City College of New York (CCNY).

Cadets develop maturity, responsibility, leadership ability, self-confidence, and other qualities essential to success in any field. The program includes academic classes, physical fitness training, and off-site summer Army training.  Upon successful completion of ROTC, Cadets receive commissions as a 2nd Lieutenant in one of the Army's specialized branches.

To contact CUNY Army ROTC, phone: 212-650-6478 or email: 

Air Force ROTC: John Jay students have the opportunity to enroll in the Air Force ROTC program at Manhattan College.  Three and four-year programs are offered that provide academic studies and training that lead to a student’s commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.  All classes and training in the ROTC program are held 1-day each week on Fridays at Manhattan College.

For information on the Air Force ROTC program see: Air Force ROTC. To contact Manhattan College ROTC, phone: 718-862-7201 or email:

To apply for Air Force ROTC, see: Questionnaire for Prospective AFROTC Det 560 Cadets

Marine Corps Platoon Leader Class (PLC):  The Marine Corps offers an opportunity for John Jay students to receive summer training leading upon graduation to a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through its Platoon Leader Class (PLC) for college freshmen, sophomores and juniors.  The Officer Candidate Course also is available after graduation which leads to a commission upon completion.

For information on Marine Corps Officer programs see: Marine Corps Commissioning Programs

To contact the Manhattan Marine Corps Officer Selection Team: email Captain Chad Harper, USMC, or phone using cell: 917-346-5469 / office: 646-558-5701

Coast Guard College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative (CSPI): John Jay students are eligible to apply for the Coast Guard’s college completion and commissioning program, CSPI. Students who are accepted into this scholarship program will be enlisted into the United States Coast Guard, complete basic training during the summer, and receive full funding for up to two years of college.  Funding includes not only payment of tuition, books, and fees, but a full-time Coast Guard salary, housing allowance, and medical benefits. After graduation, CSPI members attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) and upon completion are commissioned as Ensigns. A CSPI Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) also is available for recent graduate (up to 2-years following undergraduate graduation). 

For more information on Coast Guard CSPI see: College Student Pre-Commissioning Program

To contact Coast Guard CSPI recruiter, OS1 Adrian Cohen, phone: 917-263-1065 or email: 

US Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (USCGAUP):  John Jay hosts a detachment of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Program which provides students the opportunity for academic instruction and training in Coast Guard-related specialties.  A high percentage of USCGAUP graduates who apply for commissioning training at the Officer Candidate School are accepted.  

For information on the John Jay USCGAUP see: Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program at John Jay

ASVAB Preparation Brochure for Students Interested in Military Careers:

Learn about resources to help you study for the ASVAB, minimum score requirements on the ASVAB for each branch, ASVAB tips, and other information.
Find the brochure PDF: HERE