ROTC is open to both males and females who have an interest in serving as an officer in the United States Army. Virtually all degree programs are compatible with the ROTC curriculum. ROTC is sequential in nature and typically takes four years to complete; however, there are also two-year and three-year options. These options are for students who choose to either complete basic training or attend the Leader’s Training Course (LTC). LTC condenses the first two years of ROTC into a four-week paid summer camp at Fort Knox, Ky. Basic training is not required for those students who follow the four-year program. The basic course encompasses the freshman and sophomore classes, while the advanced course consists of the junior and senior classes. Eligibility criteria are listed below for the basic and advanced courses.
Commissioned officers are the leaders of the Army. The officer plans and directs the organization, assigns tasks to subordinates, and sees that the work is accomplished to the highest standard. Commissioned officers are also supporters and problem solvers. They make decisions quickly, always focusing on completing the mission successfully and showing respect for their subordinates. Commissioned officers lead from the front and adjust to environments that are always changing. To be a commissioned officer is to be respected as a soldier, an inspiring leader and a servant of the nation. In addition to exhibiting self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence, commissioned officers are physically fit and can perform under physical and mental pressures. They are judged by their ability to make decisions on their own and bear ultimate moral responsibility for those decisions.
Even the most junior officer routinely has forty or more soldiers working directly under his or her control. In the corporate world it could take years or decades for an individual to achieve that level of responsibility. Over the years, three words have become the hallmark of what it is to be an Army Officer. Those words are Duty, Honor and Country. No matter what their specific duties are, or where they serve, these three words embody what it is to be an Army officer.
Cadets must serve as Officers in the Army after graduation if they have received an ROTC scholarship, OR if they have enrolled in the ROTC Advanced Course. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate someone to serve unless they have also received a scholarship. A four-year scholarship winner may withdraw from the program before their second year without acquiring any obligation to the Army.
Army ROTC scholarships vary based on the length of time remaining for students to complete their degrees. There are two-, three- and four-year scholarships, which pay for tuition and fees or room and board. Scholarships also include annual book allowances and a monthly stipend. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.
Scholarship winners must serve four years; non-scholarship cadets who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve three years. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
Army ROTC provide college level courses that teach leadership. This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing and motivating people, or fostering teamwork. Young Army officers are typically responsible for hundreds of soldiers and millions of dollars in equipment; this kind of management experience can be very attractive for post-Army employers.
Yes. However, some majors may require a student to stay in college longer than four years.
Army ROTC classes involve standard elective college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule and involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work. These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life, even before graduating and becoming officers.
Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college students. But there are two intensive Army ROTC courses that take place on Army Posts, usually during the summer:
It depends on the Army branch the cadet chooses and the unit to which you are assigned. However, Army missions and challenges are always changing. There is no way to know in advance which specialties and units will be needed where. All soldiers in the Army, whether active or reserve, face the possibility of deployment at some point during their careers. But all soldiers are fully trained and proficient in the tasks and drills of their units. And officers are specifically trained to make the right decisions so that missions can be carried out safely and successfully.
Yes. Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants. They will receive specialized training in their assigned Army branch. During their Army careers, officers regularly attend professional training as they advance through the ranks. They will have many opportunities for advanced leadership positions and post-graduate education.
A second lieutenant earns around $46,000 per year when including both base pay and allowances (i.e. BAH, Substanance). The salary can vary with duty stations and adjustment for cost of living in locations around the United States and the world. In addition to pay and allowances, Army members do not pay for healthcare costs at on-post facilities.