Frequently Asked Questions
By enrolling in ROTC, am I joining the Army?
Students who enroll in ROTC do not join the Army. They take a ROTC class for which they receive credit. The class is considered a college elective.
Is ROTC like “boot camp”?
No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.
What can I expect to learn by taking ROTC?
Students learn 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, a ROTC cadet might lead classmates through adventure training, down a river in a raft, or up a mountain wall.
Will I have a military obligation during college?
During the first two years—or the first year for scholarship recipients—ROTC cadets have no military obligation.
What comprises the ROTC program?
The Basic Course, taken during the freshman and sophomore years, focuses on Army history, organization, and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course, limited to contracted cadets and taken during the junior and senior years, concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.
Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?
Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC scholarships. ROTC awards scholarships to students studying science, engineering, nursing, and business, as well as a variety of other majors.
How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?
Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels. At some schools, a ROTC scholarship is worth up to $180,000, which goes towards tuition and educational fees.
On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?
ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they are awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited by academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government, or part-time work. Enrolling in ROTC does not guarantee a scholarship. National scholarships awarded to high school students are awarded by the U.S. Army Cadet Command rather than the host ROTC program.
Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. And regardless of whether a student is a scholarship winner, all ROTC books, supplies, and equipment are furnished at no cost to the student.
How do students benefit from Army ROTC?
Cadets find that their training and experience are assets—during college and after graduation, and 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 the ROTC program upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.
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