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What is ROTC?


Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.


Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.

  • Cadets who are selected for Active Duty make a commitment for three years (four years for scholarship winners).
  • Cadets who serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career make a six year commitment (eight years for scholarship winners).

Army ROTC is an experience that you can’t get anywhere else. Army ROTC challenges cadets both physically and mentally to become better leaders and future officers.

Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course (freshman & sophomore years) does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC Scholarship. Once enrolled in the Advanced Course (junior and senior years) a commitment of service is made.


Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.

Learn more about: Becoming an Officer


If you’re considering an undergraduate Nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality.

Being a Nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army Nurse and Officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.