What exactly does ROTC stand for?
ROTC stands for Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
Why is there ROTC?
ROTC commissions the majority of the U.S. Army's officers. Students who commit to military service may receive scholarships, monthly subsistence stipends, and other incentives to help them in college. Cadets who earn a commission may serve on active duty or may choose to serve in the National Guard or Army Reserve.
Is the training at ROTC like being in Basic Training?
Absolutely not. At ROTC you are an Army cadet. The ROTC program and the very name itself, Reserve Officer's Training Corps, train motivated, academically and physically qualified college students into becoming Army officers . The training methodology is entirely different then traditional Basic Training.
What is the ROTC training schedule?
The standard ROTC training schedule consists of three weekly PT sessions, one monthly lab, a 'field training exercise', FTX, each semester, and two social functions (Dining In and Military Ball). At the labs, cadets will learn and practice skills ranging from basic drill and ceremony to light infantry tactics. All of these skills play an important role at the semester's FTX. Finally, the social functions are a fun time to bond with peers and instructors in a formal, but relaxed, environment.
Will there be time to participate in sports or other non-ROTC activities?
Yes. Army ROTC looks at you as a student first. We encourage our cadets to pursue activities outside of Army ROTC. We currently have cadets in our program who compete on a number of college-level varsity athletic teams. The Army ROTC program is centered on the concept of the "Scholar-Athlete-Leader." Academic success is the cadets' and our first priority.
Do I get college credit for Military Science classes?
Yes. Some classes are graded; others are credit/no credit. They all count for elective credit at the college.
Are there women in ROTC?
Women make up about one third of all our cadets.
What scholarships are available to incoming freshmen or transfer students?
There may be 4-year, 3-year, and 2-year scholarships available to qualified students. As an incoming student, you may be eligible for any of the three scholarships. If you receive a 4-year scholarship, you begin receiving financial aid as a freshman.
Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
Anyone may enroll in ROTC. Even if you are not a scholarship winner, all supplies and equipment are furnished at no cost to you.
Can I still get a scholarship if I'm not awarded a 4-year one?
Yes! Almost all cadets who don't get a 4-year scholarship DO receive either a 2- or 3- year scholarship.
Army Training Questions
What is PT like?
PT should be rigorous, but developmental. Instructors understand that all cadets are always at different levels of physical fitness. As one progresses through the ROTC program, he/she will be expected to play a more important role in leading PT and developing PT plans. The Army evaluates physical fitness on one's ability to perform push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. Most training is consequently dedicated to improving those areas.
Are there opportunities to work in the real Army?
Yes, Army schooling is offered to cadets. You may get the opportunity to attend Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA or Air Assault School at Schofield Barracks, HI. After completion of the MSIII (junior year), cadets often have the opportunity to serve as an acting lieutenant in any number of Army units around the world through a program called Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT).
What is Airborne school like?
Airborne School is an intense 3 weeks taught at Ft. Benning GA. You'll learn how to successfully jump out of an airplane or jet while in flight, control your parachute, and most importantly land safely! Generally, you'll train Monday through Friday, and have the weekends to do what you want with the many friends you'll make there. It is not an easy time, but it is certainly do-able. The toughest thing for those of us from the cooler North, is definitely the intense Georgia heat. But an in-shape cadet who is motivated can certainly earn his/her Airborne wings and join the ranks of the proud United States paratroopers.
What is Air Assault School?
You'll learn a lot at Air Assault School! It is often called the 'ten toughest days in the Army.' From day 0 to day 10, you'll be challenged both physically and mentally. You'll learn about the general helicopter operations, slingload operations, and of course lots of rappelling. In the last 24 hours of this intense and rewarding school, you'll rappel twice from a helicopter and do a 12-mile roadmarch into a graduation ceremony.
Can I fly helicopters as an Army officer? How do I qualify for this?
Yes. Qualification for flight school is difficult, but selection is rewarding. Cadets must receive a qualifying score a flight-aptitude test. Aviation candidates must have a high GPA to demonstrate the dedication to academics required at flight school. Lastly, cadets must pass a physical exam, graduate from LDAC, and send their personnel file to the Aviation Review Board. When accepted into the Aviation Branch, they soon pack their bags for beautiful Ft. Rucker in Alabama for flight school as a Second Lieutenant.
What are some extracurricular ROTC activities that I could do?
You have the option of getting involved in the color-guard team, Gold Bar Club, or the high-speed Ranger Challenge team. These are all completely voluntary activities and are great ways to not only learn more but to meet and get to know other cadets.
Do cadets ever get hands on weapons training?
Yes. Cadets will have the opportunity to familiarize with the M16A2 rifle by firing, breakdown, cleaning and performing function checks. Also, during the AROTC Field Training Exercises, cadets deploy to the field with M16A2 rifles and fire blank rounds for training purposes.
The BIG question
What is the military obligation following college graduation?
If you are not a scholarship awardee, there is no military obligation until you enter your Junior year of ROTC . If you are a scholarship awardee you will become a Lieutenant and leave for your first assignment following graduation from college. Lieutenants may complete the service obligation in a number of ways. The most common term of service is to complete 4 years on active duty and 4 years in the inactive reserve. Options also exist for educational delays and reserve duty. A Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) contract offers cadets interested in serving in the Army Reserve or National Guard, guaranteed duty in the reserve components.