The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) can be a near-perfect link between a student's college education and their military and civilian careers. The program allows college students to complete Basic Training and then earn an officer's rank, while receiving generous scholarship funds. If someone already in the National Guard combines these funds with Guard tuition payments, the sum could cover most college costs, including books and a monthly stipend.
The 411 on ROTC
The ROTC is an educational program combining college electives in military science and leadership with practical common tasks, and physical and management training. ROTC courses are designed to train officers for the Army. "We prepare men and women for success in college and for development in any career," First Lieutenant Ryan Schulz notes. "To help you succeed, we'll work with you to ensure you achieve your goals," he continues. "ROTC also instills strong moral values, and a warrior and fitness ethos, and [offers] many other benefits in order to ensure lifelong success. A significant reason for joining ROTC is a guaranteed job in the Army after college. Upon graduating, you will serve as an officer in the Army, performing a variety of jobs and gaining hands-on managerial experience that you can get nowhere else."
How ROTC Can Help You
Beyond military and educational benefits, you also get a leg up on life. At a time when many struggle to find work, ROTC graduates will have a college degree, marketable skills, leadership training and ongoing support from mentors in the Guard.
"The main goal of ROTC is to set you up for success," says Schulz. "The program makes sure that you graduate. So besides having a career in the military, you also have that degree as a backup."