What is ROTC
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides college-trained officers for the Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. The mission of ROTC is to develop the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army, and to motivate young people to become better citizens. This includes recruiting, training, evaluating, selecting, and commissioning quality people for military service in the Army. Nearly 70 percent of the commissioned officers in the U.S. Army are products of ROTC. As the largest single source of Army officers, the ROTC program fulfills a vital role in providing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Army. In addition to their normal studies, students take prescribed military science courses, participate in scheduled leadership laboratories, and attend the five-week ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), normally in the summer between their third and fourth year of college (The Army also pays you $800 to attend). Upon successful completion of military science and baccalaureate degree requirements, the student will be commissioned as an officer in the United States Army.
Army ROTC is an elective course that provides a combination of academics and important hands-on training. You will be offered physical and mental challenges geared to help you succeed in college and beyond. You will learn teamwork and be given responsibilities like teaching younger cadets the same skills you have learned. You will also get paid while becoming a leader. All cadets contracted to become Army Officer earn $3,000 - $5,000 a year while enrolled in ROTC.
Army ROTC enhances your college experience by providing training that will make you motivated, confident, and ready, to lead. You will have practical instruction in such areas as organizational leadership, communication, and time management. The skills you learn will be ones that benefit you for entire life, whether you are a career military officer, or a business executive.
ROTC also offers opportunities and challenges that can put you on the fast track to success in life. You will develop the confidence, self-esteem, motivation and leadership skills you will need regardless of your career plans. The qualities that ROTC training instills will be vital to a productive and rewarding future.
Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.
- You can serve full time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners)
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career
It's an experience that you can't get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Contact your campus Military Science department for more specific details on your Army ROTC service commitment.
Who We Are Looking For:
Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn and lead others.
Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC Scholarship.