What is ROTC

Leadership Skills That Last a Lifetime  

Army ROTC is a series of elective classes you take along with your other college classes. It gives you the leadership tools you need to succeed in any complex, demanding, and competitive environment--not just the military. ROTC graduates go on to not only serve as officers in the military, but are highly prized by Fortune 500 companies when they leave the service.

Along with unparalleled leadership training, Army ROTC can help pay your college tuition. If you selected, the Army ROTC Scholarship can cover 100% of your tuition and fees (including non-resident rates) plus a $1200 per year book allowance. There are also monthly allowances of $300-$500 available, as well as bonuses for foreign language studies and paid overseas summer internships.

ROTC cadets are involved in every activity college has to offer: fraternities, sororities, student government, clubs, church and volunteer groups, collegiate sports and intramural sports, etc.--with ROTC you will still have a full college experience. The difference is that when you graduate you will trained as a leader and be prepared to lead others in solving complex problems, building and motivating teams to accomplish challenging goals, and making decisions that others will depend on. Your will have options of making the Army a full-time job (with a starting salary of over $52,000 per year), or serving one weekend a month while you pursue a civilian career or further education.

Who We're Looking For

Students who excel in the Army ROTC program are students who want something more out of their college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically active, and leaders who aren't afraid of taking on ownership and responsibility. There are no prerequisites to begin the program, but to complete ROTC and earn a commission requires:

  • Full-time college enrollment pursuing a bachelors or masters degree
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • US citizenship
  • Pass a Department of Defense physical exam 
  • Not a single parent
  • Under age 34 when you graduate
  • No felonies or domestic violence convictions

Your Commitment

Enrolling in freshman or sophomore level ROTC classes does not involve a commitment to Army service. Students who continue ROTC in their junior year--or who receive an ROTC scholarship--must agree to complete a period of service with the Army after they graduate. There are a number of ways to complete this military obligation, including serving at least 3 years on Active Duty or serving as a part-time officer (one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer) in the Army Reserves or Army National Guard.