About ROTC

The Branches of the Army

The United States Army offers many opportunities to college students through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).  ROTC provides possibilities for prior service military personnel, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen, undergraduate students, and even graduate students to earn a commission at the rank of Second Lieutenant after completion of a college degree. The rank of Second Lieutenant, a Gold Bar, signifies a Leader and Officer in the United States Army, one of the most respected professions in America.

One may think of ROTC as simply a series of college classes beginning with 1000 level classes and ending with 4000 level classes. Generally, incoming freshman (termed MS I's) with no prior military experience enter the program by taking Introduction to Military Science (MILS 1101) and Military Science Lab (MILS 5000).  Assuming normal academic progression, the student will enter the MS II year as an academic sophomore, MS III as an academic junior, and MS IV as an academic senior. The MS I and MS II students are introduced to the Army Culture and principles therein, such as uniform wear, drill and ceremonies, basic land navigation skills, and rifle marksmanship. The MS III's, however, are found in local forests learning and applying small unit infantry tactics, refining land navigation skills and most importantly, practicing leadership--the foundation of Army ROTC.

Cadets in their MS III year, are the focal point of the Program as more time and resources are dedicated to these students. This is because the summer of the MS III year, Cadets participate in the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), a thirty-three-day-long course conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington. Completing LDAC is the pinnacle of an ROTC career and puts the Cadet closer to the ultimate goal—a commission. While at LDAC, Cadets receive assessments based on their leadership performance which, to some degree, determines which branch or specialty for which they serve. The result is a competitive atmosphere both for the Cadets and respective schools; every Army ROTC program in the nation, to include schools such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern University, compete for top honors at LDAC. Once returning from LDAC, Cadets are promoted to MS IVs and inherit the responsibility for the training of junior Cadets while under the supervision of professional Cadre.

The Army is composed of seventeen different branches, such as Infantry, Field Artillery, Finance, Military Police and many others to include Nursing. The Army recognizes the academic difficulty of Nursing Programs and the ROTC curriculum for Nurses to accommodate Army Nurse Requirements. In addition, Cadets in the Nursing Program may attend the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP), a clinical elective offered in the United States and Germany during the summer between their junior and senior years. It is also important to note that all Cadets receive college credits for all requisite summer training programs such as LDAC and NSTP.

Finally, once Cadets have completed their degree requirements and the ROTC program they have rightfully earned a commission in the Army the rank of Second Lieutenant. Their eight-year obligation to the Army can be served in different ways:

  • Four years Active Duty and four years Inactive Ready Reserves
  • Four Years Active Duty and four years Reserves or National Guard
  • Eight years of Reserve or National Guard

In any capacity, a new Second Lieutenant is an invaluable asset to the United States and the United States Army.

Scholarship/Financial Assistance Available for Students

ROTC Financial Benefits

  • 2, 3, and 4-year Campus Based Scholarships that pay for tuition and fees or room and board. Additionally, a 4-year National Scholarship is offered to high-school students who intend to enroll in ROTC.
  • Yearly book allowance of $1200 for scholarship winners
  • Monthly Stipend for all contracted Cadets:
    • $350 - Freshmen
    • $400 - Sophomore
    • $450 - Junior
    • $500 - Senior
  • Airborne/Air Assault training for selected students
  • Military Science Minor
  • National Guard Drill pay through the Simultaneous Membership Program if desired

Upon Graduation and Commissioning

Active Duty

  • Second Lieutenant / O-1 (grade upon commission after college):
    • Base Pay: $31,863.60
    • Allowances: $14,792.00
    • Total: $46,655.60
  • Additional Benefits:
    • 20-year retirement
    • 100% Medical Coverage
    • 100% Dental Coverage
    • Observe Federal Holidays
    • 30 paid vacation days per year
  • National Guard and Reserves
    • Tuition Assistance for Graduate School
    • Civilian Lifestyle
    • Drill Pay