Army ROTC is a college program that ultimately leads to a commission as a second lieutenant in the Active Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve. The first two years of Army ROTC, known as Military Science I and II, are normally taken during the freshman and sophomore college years, respectively, and incur no military obligation.
For those students who did not have the opportunity to take Army ROTC, such as transfer students from a junior college, or students who have completed two years of college without taking any ROTC courses, we offer the Army ROTC Leader's Training Course (LTC). The LTC is not the same as basic training; the emphasis is on instilling leadership skills in future officers rather than simply teaching basic soldier skills. Students who attend LTC rotate leadership positions and receive feedback on their performance. A high percentage of LTC graduates receive two-year Army ROTC scholarships.
Students who wish to continue the program sign a contract at the beginning of their junior year, when they enroll in Military Science III. These Advanced Course students attend a five-week ROTC Advanced Camp in the summer after their junior year, and then enroll in Military Science IV as seniors. Upon completion of Military Science IV and graduation with a baccalaureate degree, the students are commissioned as second lieutenants. Contracted cadets receive a monthly tax-free stipend ranging from $350 - $500.
Depending upon the needs of the Army and their own preferences, newly commissioned officers serve in the Active Army, or join National Guard or Army Reserve units in the area. Regardless of where you serve, you will be rewarded with the knowledge that you are a professional and are contributing to the security and welfare of the United States.
We say that "Army ROTC is the smartest course you can take", because it teaches skills that you need to be successful in college, the military, and in civilian employment. Employers know that ROTC teaches the leadership and management skills that make people an asset to the organization. Many personnel directors and business owners are former officers themselves. When you enter civilian employment, your ROTC training and officer commission will make impressive statements on your resume. In fact, ROTC will definitely give you an edge on the competition when you are looking for that "dream" job.
Remember, Army ROTC is an elective that takes only a few hours a week. You can take ROTC right on your college campus, and there is no military obligation for the first two years. After that, you can decide if you want to pursue a commission as a second lieutenant. We're betting that after you've checked us out, you'll definitely want to be part of the ROTC program!