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  • By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?

    No. Students who enroll in ROTC don't join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It's considered a college elective.

  • Is ROTC like “Boot Camp?"

    No. ROTC Cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.

  • What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?

    Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.

  • What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

    Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, an ROTC Cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, down a river in a raft, or up a mountain wall.

  • Is there a military obligation during college?

    During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners).

  • What is the ROTC course comprised of?

    The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course studies Army history, organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

  • Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?

    Yes. Each year thousands of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC scholarships.

  • How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?

    Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels. At some schools an ROTC scholarship is worth up to $80,000, which goes towards tuition and educational fees. Also, scholarship winners receive an allowance of up to $1,500 a year.

  • On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

    ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.

  • Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?

    No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. And regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC books, supplies and equipment are furnished at not cost to you.

  • How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

    Scholarships are awarded once a year. Students apply by November 15 and selections are made continuously thru May 15. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between March 1 and November 1. Also, once cadets are on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships become available.

  • How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

    In college and after graduation, Cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete ROTC, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

  • If I enroll in Army ROTC, won't I have a service obligation?

    No. You can enroll in all ROTC classes with no service obligation. The obligation comes when you decide to contract into the ROTC program to become an Army Officer.

  • If I do eventually contract and become a Second Lieutenant, I will have to serve on Active Duty, right?

    At least two-thirds of the upcoming graduating Cadets will receive an active duty tour. Cadets who alternatively receive Reserve Duty will serve in local Reserve or National Guard units, one weekend a month, or serve in the Ready Reserves with no "drilling" requirement if a suitable unit is not available where you reside.

  • Won't ROTC interfere with my academic or athletic pursuits?

    No. Our current Cadet corps has an average cumulative GPA above the general university average. Yes, there are some time demands and some voluntary extracurricular activities in ROTC. But, simply put, ROTC Cadets are more mature and prioritize better than many students. Your academic and athletic success is the highest priority and we stress that. You must do well academically and athletically to succeed in ROTC. Army ROTC provides the best leader development program in the world. No corporation or leadership institute can provide the combined classroom and hands-on leadership training, education and practice as Army ROTC. During the academic year, your focus is on academics getting your degree -- with ROTC classroom instruction and labs complimenting that education. What's best about Army ROTC is that while learning to become an Army officer, you are interacting, socializing and learning with students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, political ideologies and goals. This dynamic on campus develops the team-building, negotiating and consensus-building skills that Army officers need in helping the people of the world establish democratic systems, govern & secure themselves and institutionalize freedom and human rights.

  • I see ROTC as a potential interference to my career field. How can you get around that one?

    Well, there are surely some career tracks where ROTC may not help you, but the exceptional record of graduating cadets getting jobs in their fields is well above average. In the Reserves, there are also a lot of job networking and contacts, and most employees view Reservists or officers leaving active duty in very positive terms. Further, students that emphasize their ROTC enrollment are generally viewed as desirable to most employers because of their competitive leadership and managerial abilities, maturity, and time management skills.

  • What about haircuts, wearing uniforms, and harassment?

    Well, you have to be well-groomed; hair off your ears and not down your shoulders (crewcut not required). You will learn how to wear a uniform properly, but the uniform is only required to be worn during class times and training. Finally, harassment of any type went out years ago; it is not acceptable. We emphasize proper decorum, respect, military courtesies, ethics and standards of conduct; all of which apply equally well to non-military, professional careers.

  • What can Army ROTC do for me even if I only want to enroll for a year or two?

    If you enroll in Army ROTC, we will help you become a better person in manifold ways - no doubt about that. ROTC will: Give you better leadership and managerial skills applicable to any field. Provide you a lot of personal attention, encouraging you to get good grades and further mature. Class sizes are small and everyone is given personal counseling. We compel you to stay in shape and improve your physical fitness. Yes, there are some progressive physical fitness requirements and you cannot be overweight and complete the program. We give you the opportunity to learn what the military is all about these days - the role of the Army and its soldiers, (strategy, politics, technology, standards, career fields, etc.) We provide additional fun and learning activities, and opportunities for you to make more friends than virtually any other organization on campus. Cadets consistently relate that one of the best aspects of the ROTC program is the camaraderie students find among each other.

  • Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?

    Young adults must serve as Officers in the Army after graduation if they have received an ROTC scholarship, OR if they have enrolled in the ROTC Advanced Course. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate someone to serve unless they have also received a scholarship.

  • What kinds of scholarships are available in Army ROTC? Are any of the scholarships retroactive?

    Army ROTC scholarships vary based on the length of time remaining for students to complete their degrees. There are two-, three- and four-year merit-based scholarships providing full tuition. Scholarships also include annual book allowances and a monthly stipend. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.

  • What are some career opportunities that the United States Army can provide?

    The Army does not only consist of combat forces like the Infantry and Armor branches. The Army consists of 24 different branches that include medical, logistics, finance, and aviation. Aspiring Army Officers can find their role in almost every specialty imagined to serve their country and make an impact.

  • What is it like serving as an Army Officer?

    Army Officers are charged with the responsibility of training and caring for the nation’s Soldiers and leading them through challenging environments. Being placed in a role with such immense responsibility is extremely rewarding. First and foremost, Army Officers are leaders; by definition, an Army Officer should be able to influence people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. Army Officers are expected to maintain a sense of accountability; they are responsible for everything their Soldiers do or fail to do.

  • Do I have to do Platoon leader/Executive Officer time as a Lieutenant to get promoted to Captain?

    No. DA PAM 600-3 lays out the basic foundation of a career track for all Army Officers. Platoon Leader and Executive Officer positions are key to development of young officers and are highly encouraged to build confidence in one’s self, but not all branches have this requirement to advance to the next rank.

  • How do I balance a life as an Army Officer who also has a family?

    There is no simple way to do this and everyone’s path they take in the Army is different. The leaders who are successful at this have balance in their personal and work life. For example, take time when you are off to enjoy things not connected with the Army. You will spend enough time away from your family and countless hours at work. Talk to your spouse/significant other and ensure they are on the same page as you.

  • What is a description of Education and Cadet Life?

    Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. The training a student receives in Army ROTC provides leadership development, military skills and career training. Courses take place both in the classroom and in the field, and are mixed with normal academic studies.

    As an incoming Cadet you will be immersed into the army lifestyle and the values that come with it. We conduct physical training three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 0600-0700. Besides physical training, we hold labs on Thursday afternoon where you will begin to learn basic soldier tasks, individual movement techniques, basic officership, land navigation, and military customs and courtesies. During this year the requirements of ROTC are minimal for students.

    As a sophomore Cadet you will return and continue with your education. This is the year where you will become progressively more engaged with the program and begin to take on a leadership role. Your curriculum will continue with land navigation, small unit level tactics, battle drills, rules of war, and the principles of war.

    As a junior Cadet you will enter into your most important year and will be leading the Cadets. This year will culminate with Advanced Camp, located at Fort Knox, KY which lasts five weeks. This year you will lead small groups in physical training and combat training with the oversight of seniors and cadre members. Throughout the year you will begin teaching classes to sophomore and freshman Cadets. The classroom instruction includes in depth analysis of the principles of war, platoon sized tactics, and the troop leading procedures.

    As a senior Cadet in your final year, you will prepare to commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. This is the year that you will be planning all the events for the battalion. You will also be developing the junior (MSIII) Cadets in their leadership roles. This is the final year you will spend in ROTC and it is more involved than the previous years. During classroom instruction you will learn the administrative side of leadership which includes planning, operations, and training.