Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. What is Army ROTC?
A. Army ROTC is a program offered at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide, training college students to be officers in the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. It's a 4-year program, divided into two parts - a Basic Course and an Advanced Course. The Basic Course is normally taken in your freshman and sophomore years. The Advanced Course is usually taken during your final two years of college and includes a five-week Leadership Assessment Development Course that is normally attended in the summer, between your junior and senior years. LDAC will give you hands-on training and the confidence you can't learn in a classroom. The mission of Army ROTC is to "Commission the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army."
- Q. By enrolling in ROTC are you joining the Army?
A. 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.
- Q. Is ROTC like "boot camp?"
A. No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.
- Q. How much time does ROTC take up weekly?
A. ROTC cadets spend their time like typical college students. All that is required is a few hours a week.
- Q. What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?
A. Quite simply, the leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career. During the Basic Course, your studies will include basic leadership development, basic military skills, adventure training, and life skills. During the Advanced Course, your studies will include advanced leadership and management skills, advanced tactics and Army ethics.
- Q. What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?
A. Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, a ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through rough terrain in the woods, across swamps or up mountains.
- Q. Is there a military obligation during college?
A. During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners).
- Q. What is the military obligation after graduation from college?
A. Following graduation, ROTC cadets are required to serve in the active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserve. All graduates will be required to serve in the military for a period of eight years. This obligation may be fulfilled by serving three to four years on active duty, followed by four to six years service as citizen soldiers in the Army National Guard, Army Reserve or Individual Ready Reserve, or by serving six years drilling status and two years IRR in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve preceded by the period necessary to complete the active component resident officer basic course. If Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty is selected by a graduate he/she will serve a period of active duty necessary to complete the active component officer basic course, and spend the remaining eight-year obligation in the reserve components.
- Q. What is the ROTC course comprised of?
A. The ROTC program is divided into phases. The Basic Course teaches Army history, organization and structure. Techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout this phase. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership and command.
- Q. Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?
A. Yes. Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC scholarships. ROTC awards them to students studying nearly any major.
- Q. On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?
A. 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.
- Q. Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
A. 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 no cost to you.
- Q. How do students benefit from Army ROTC?
A. In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience they receive are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills cadets acquire in the ROTC program. ROTC experience looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.