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
Q. What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?
A. Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to
become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.
Q. What makes ROTC different from regular college management
A. Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves
both classroom and "live" situations. For instance,
an ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure
training, down a river in a raft, or up a mountain wall.
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 ROTC course comprised of?
A. The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course
studies Army history, organization and structure. The techniques
and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout.
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 science,
engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other
Q. How much money does ROTC usually award and what does
the money go towards?
A. Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels.
At some schools an ROTC scholarship is worth up to $80,000,
which goes towards tuition and educational fees. Also, scholarship
winners receive an allowance of up to $1,500 a year.
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. No. 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 not cost to you.
Q. How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?
A. Scholarships are awarded once a year. Students apply by
November 15 and selections are made continuously thru May
15. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between
March 1 and November 1. Also, once cadets are on campus, two-year
and three-year scholarships become available.
Q. How do students benefit from Army ROTC?
A. In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training
and experience that they have received are assets - whether
pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high
regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors
stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete
the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned
officers in the U.S. Army.