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ARMY ROTC FAQ

What is ROTC?
ROTC stands for Reserve Officers Training Corps. It is a program of study leading to a presidential appointment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Armed Forces.

What is Military Science?

Military Science is the name of the academic department that provides ROTC instruction at the university. The program includes a specified sequence of leadership, management and professional knowledge classes as well as hands-on leadership experience.  

Are there women in ROTC?
Women make up about one third of all our cadets.

Do I get college credit for Military Science classes?
Yes. Some classes are graded; others are credit/no credit. They all count for two elective credits at the Pitt-Bradford.

What kind of scholarships are available?  

Army ROTC offers four-, three- and two-year scholarships for those who qualify.  

Can I still get a scholarship if I'm not awarded a four-year one?

Yes. Almost all cadets who don't get a four-year scholarship receive either a two- or three-year scholarship.

What does a ROTC scholarship cover?  

A scholarship covers 100% of tuition, a yearly book stipend worth $1,200, and a monthly stipend ranging from $300 to $500 based on your status in the ROTC program.  

Do cadets who are not receiving a scholarship have a military obligation?  

No. Non-scholarship cadet can take basic course (freshman and sophomore years) military science classes without an obligation to serve. However, a cadet cannot enroll in the advanced course without making a service obligation.  

What if I want to join ROTC but have not taken any ROTC classes?  

Then the Leadership Training Course is what you are looking for. The course is designed to teach you the skills vital to your success in the Army. You can attend the course the summer before your junior year. Once you complete the training course, you will return to Pitt-Bradford, receive a two-year ROTC scholarship and enroll in ROTC advanced courses.

How long is the service obligation after graduation?  

It depends on many options you will have as a cadet. However, the standard obligation for cadets who choose to go on active duty is four years' active service and four years in the Inactive Reserve. If you choose to serve in the National Guard or Reserves, you will serve six years (consisting of monthly training weekends and a yearly two-week training event) and two years in the Inactive Reserve.

What do you have for active duty soldiers?
Green to Gold, two-, three- and four-year scholarships are available.
 

Is the training at ROTC like being in basic training?

Absolutely not. At ROTC you are an Army cadet. The ROTC program trains motivated, academically and physically qualified college students into becoming Army officers, which is entirely different from traditional basic training.

Will there be time to participate in sports or other non-ROTC activities?

Yes. We encourage our cadets to pursue activities outside of Army ROTC. We currently have cadets in our program who compete on a number of college-level varsity athletic teams. The Army ROTC program is centered on the concept of the Scholar-Athlete Leader. Academic success is the cadets' and our first priority.

Are there opportunities to work in the real Army?

Yes. Army schooling is offered to cadets. You may get the opportunity to attend Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA or Air Assault School. After completion of the MSIII (junior year), cadets often have the opportunity to serve as an acting lieutenant in any number of Army units around the world through a program called Cadet Troop Leadership Training.

Do cadets ever get hands-on weapons training?

Yes. Cadets will have the opportunity to familiar with the M16A2 rifle by firing, breaking, cleaning and performing function checks. Also, during the Annual ROTC Field Training Exercises, cadets deploy to the field with M16A2 rifles and fire blank rounds for training purposes.