COLLEGE TO COMMISSION
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) prepares college students to become future officers. As a cadet, participation takes just a few hours per week, so you’ll maintain a normal collegiate schedule, where ROTC is an elective. In class, you’ll study leadership and have the opportunity to learn skills like rappelling, marksmanship and orienteering. Flat out: It’ll be one of your favorite college classes.
Best of all, on graduation, those who complete ROTC will receive a bachelor’s degree and commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant.
College Curriculum and Training
The four-year Army ROTC program is divided into two parts: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. The Basic Course is generally taken during the first two years of college and incurs no military obligation, unless you receive National Guard or scholarship funds. In the Basic Course, you'll experience leadership challenges, military tactics, weapon training and more.
*Those who have at least two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate) but have not taken the Basic Course can attend the Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET). This intense, four-week course, held each summer at Fort Knox, KY, is an accelerated version of the ROTC Basic Course. Attendance requires a commitment to commission as an officer following graduation.
The Advanced Course is offered the final two years of college to students with the interest and potential to become Guard officers—and who meet the physical, mental and academic standards. Completion of the Basic Course or CIET is a prerequisite. Those attending the Advanced Course also commit to serve as an officer in the National Guard or Army following graduation. In addition to regular physical training, studies generally include:
- Command and staff functions
- Team dynamics and peer leadership
- Military operations and tactics
- Training the force
- Law of war and military justice
- Ethical decision-making
- Cultural awareness
- Personnel management
Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Cadet Leadership Course. This five-week summer program at Fort Knox, KY, trains and evaluates all Army ROTC Cadets, normally between junior and senior years.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Getting your college education is expensive, but Army ROTC scholarships help keep your focus on getting your college degree. Two-, three- and four-year scholarships are available, as well as monthly stipends. Applications should to be submitted to your respective university’s Department of Military Science.
Current Guard members can get even more out of your ROTC experience with the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), meaning you can earn drill pay on top of your ROTC allowance. Those enrolled in SMP may also be eligible for the following National Guard scholarships:
- Dedicated Army National Guard (DEDNG) Scholarship
- Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship
If you’re a prior service enlisted Soldier, ROTC may be the best way for you to take full advantage of your military education benefits. Use your federal and/or state tuition assistance, and your GI Bill® benefits, to pay for school while you earn your degree and your commission.
Your Future as a Leader
After ROTC, you will be well trained to lead troops and plan missions, and your dynamic leadership skills will also be highly marketable to civilian employers.
Begin an adventure worthy of the men and women you will lead. Our Guard Soldiers are always ready—and so is the world.