About Army ROTC
LEGACY & VALUE
WITH STRENGTH COMES RESPONSIBILITY
Officers in the Army possess the skills necessary to lead others through the most challenging of circumstances.
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was born when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half-million Officers. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military.
Army ROTC is a diverse group of men and women with more than 20,000 Cadets currently enrolled. Women have been an integral part of Army ROTC since the first group of women was commissioned in 1976. Today, women constitute 20 percent of the Cadets.
Army ROTC has a total of 273 host programs with more than 1,100 partnership and affiliate
schools across the country. It produces approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants
who join the active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. More than 40 percent
of current Active Duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC. Army
ROTC provides Cadets with the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined
civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.
WHAT DOES ROTC STAND FOR?
The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a way for young men and women to start strong in life. The college elective for undergraduate and graduate students that provides unrivaled leadership training for success in any career field. If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career.
Available at over 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide, it offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition and open educational opportunities.
Whether you’re in high school, college, or already in the Army, you can become an
officer in today’s Army through joining ROTC.
HOW DOES ROTC WORK? - ENROLLING IN ROTC
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
If you’re a high school junior or senior and are interested in enrolling in Army ROTC,
you can find more than 1,100 colleges and universities that carry an Army ROTC program
or talk to your academic advisor about the opportunity.
If you’re interested in enrolling in Army ROTC and you are in college, you can start
by talking to the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer on your campus about taking the Army
ROTC basic elective course and about the incentives available, including opportunities
to compete for two-, three-, or four-year merit-based scholarships.
JUNIOR COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
If you have two years remaining in a junior college or graduate school, you are still
eligible to enroll in Army ROTC. Talk to the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer on your
LATERAL ENTRY PROGRAMS
This course is for those college students who want to complete Army ROTC training
in two years. To qualify, you must complete a challenging and motivating 31-day training
program at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon completion of BASIC CAMP (CIET), graduates return
to campus prepared to enter the advanced course.
SIMULTANEOUS MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM (SMP)
The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the
U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity
for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as officer trainees in the Army
Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Army Reserve/National
Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.
HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO SERVE IN THE ARMY?
Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete an eight-year period of service with the Army.
- You can serve full time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners), with the balance in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
It's an experience that you can't get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Contact your campus Military Science department for more specific details on your Army ROTC service commitment.
Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC scholarship.
All scholarship students will be required to serve in the military for eight years.
This obligation may be fulfilled by serving four years on Active Duty, followed by
four years of service in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR).
NON-SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Non-scholarship graduates may serve three years on Active Duty and five years in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR).