What is ROTC?

  • The U.S. Army ROTC -- or Reserve Officer Training Corps -- prepares officers for service in the Army by building their leadership ability and tactical know how.

    ROTC provides you the opportunity to study at a traditional college or university and receive a degree in a field you choose, while preparing you to lead the greatest Army in the world as a commissioned officer.

    Military Science or ROTC is an elective based program that consists of two parts: basic and advanced.

    The Basic Course

    You can enroll in the basic courses during your freshman and sophomore years. You earn two credits for each semester you enroll in the basic course program. There is no future commitment to the U.S. Army while you participate in the Basic Course program, unless you are a scholarship award recipient.  

    The Advanced Course

    The Advanced Course takes the knowledge and skills you developed during your Basic Course and challenges you to use them. The advanced course is designed to push your leadership ability to the next level, while preparing you mentally and physically for life after college, when you are second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  

    How will ROTC Benefit Me?

    As you progress through the program you will gain self-confidence, become more motivated and have more self-discipline. These characteristics will help you succeed in college and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

    You also will gain the honor of serving the United States as a commissioned officer -- either full time or part time -- as you pursue a civil career after graduation.

    Plus, do not forget that there are four- three- and two-year scholarships available to ROTC Cadets. These scholarships pay 100% tuition, provide a generous stipend for books and a monthly tax free stipend ranging from $300 to $500.

    What is my commitment to the Army?

    You are under no obligation (classroom supplies and books are FREE) if you are enrolled in the Basic Course unless you receive an ROTC scholarship.

    Basic Course classes allow you to take a look at the opportunities that becoming an officer offer without any obligation. However, once you become a junior and enter into the Advanced Course or you decide to take an ROTC scholarship you will have to serve time as an officer in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard, or on active duty.

    What is an Army Officer? 

    An officer in the United States Army means that you are a strategist, a counselor, a motivator and a leader. An officer is fully responsible for the welfare, training, and leading of the men and women they are appointed over. Officers are problem-solvers, key influences, and planners. They are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission. The role of an Officer is comparable to that of a vital manager of a corporation.

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