During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army.
Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and be commissioned into the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard and become a leader for life.
Benefits of ROTC
Army ROTC instruction provides leadership training that allows students to excel in any career field in the military, government, or civil sector. The training is conducted by specially selected Army sergeants and officers who are proven leaders. The class sizes are small, usually 8-15 students, and there is a great amount of individual attention for the students. The military cadre and the upperclassmen coach, guide, and mentor the more junior cadets. The training also leads to a career in the Active Army or in the Reserve Component as an officer.
The ROTC program is designed to train students of any major to be a leader in the military.
Upon completion of Officer branch training and a first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and postgraduate education opportunities. They will be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, they may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors.
Additionally, the leadership training associated with ROTC and the military is valued greatly by United States industry as well as for government service. Industry knows that the responsibility given to officers greatly exceeds that given to their civilian counterparts. Military service is almost a prerequisite for government civil service jobs and service as an officer is best.
Finally it goes without saying that the skills of leadership learned in ROTC and in the Army enable students to become leaders in their field of study or in their career, as well as in their community and service organizations.
The entire ROTC program is aimed towards producing college graduates who can lead from the front and get things done through others.
Every aspect of the program is designed to give cadets real world experiences in leading others. In the first year and sophomore year, ROTC cadets learn the value of teamwork and the strength of concentrated group effort on mission accomplishment. The students are given opportunities to begin developing their leadership skills. All cadets are given opportunities (voluntary) to strengthen their personal character by participating in weapons training, orienteering, rappelling, parachuting, and mountaineering. All cadets learn the value of honesty, integrity and ethics. In the junior year, cadets are given many leadership challenges. They teach classes, lead physical fitness sessions, undertake special projects and run training exercises. At the conclusion of each leadership opportunity the cadet is mentored and critiqued by professional military officers and sergeants. During the senior year the cadets form the staff that runs the cadet program and are personally mentored by the Professor of Military Science.
By the time a student completes the ROTC program he or she can speak well in public, can take charge when necessary, can get things done through others, and can be counted on to take care of subordinates.
In order to qualify for Army ROTC you must meet certain basic requirements.
To qualify you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be between the ages of 17 and 26
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
- Meet physical standards
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)
- Serve full time in the army for a minimum of 4 years
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career
The college Four-Year Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program.
Many students assume they have to start ROTC as a First-Year student. You can in fact enroll in ARMY ROTC all the way up to your junior year of college or you can enroll in ARMY ROTC for Graduate School.
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