ABOUT ARMY ROTC
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
If you're still in high school and you're interested in enrolling in Army ROTC, you can find schools that carry an Army ROTC program or talk to your academic advisor.
Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships for high school students.
If you're interested in enrolling in Army ROTC and you are in college, you can start by taking an Army ROTC basic elective course. If you have at least two or more years remaining toward your undergraduate degree, but not enough time to complete the Basic Course, you can enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course by completing the Leader's Training Course (LTC) held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer.
Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to enroll in Army ROTC and the incentives available, including opportunities to compete for two-, three-, or four-year scholarships.
JUNIOR COLLEGE & GRADUATE STUDENTS
If you have two years remaining in junior college or graduate school, you are still eligible to enroll in Army ROTC.
LEADER'S TRAINING COURSE (LTC)
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 28-day training program at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon completion of the Leader's Training Course, graduates return to campus prepared to enter the Advanced Course. Ask your campus Military Science department.
Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships for college students.
If you are an Enlisted Soldier in the Army and interested in becoming an Officer, find out more about opportunities for Soldiers.
Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships for Enlisted Soldiers.
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 Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances. In addition, you must be a sophomore or higher to be eligible for SMP.
4, 3 AND 2 YEAR PROGRAMS
4 YEAR PLAN
The four-year program is ideal for incoming college freshmen. A student will take Army 101 and 102 their freshman year, sophomore year will be Army 201 and 202, Junior year Army 301 and 302 and Senior year Army 401 and 402. LDAC will usually take place in the summer between the Junior and Senior years.
3 YEAR PLAN
The three-year plan is for a college student who has three years remaining in their degree plan for graduation. This student will have to take Army 101 AND 201 in the Fall semester and Army 102 AND 202 in the Spring Semester inorder to fulfill ROTC commissioning requirements by the time they graduate.
2 YEAR PLAN
Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course incur 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 incur an eight-year service obligation. This obligation may be fulfilled by serving four years on Active Duty, followed by four years 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).
Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in any competitive environment. The leadership training and experiences that students have in Army ROTC will provide them with a foundation to become commissioned Army Officers upon graduation.
Upon completion of the Army ROTC program, graduates will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army and will embark on specialized training in their first Army branch.
Upon completion of Officer branch training and a first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and postgraduate education opportunities. They will be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, they may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors.
Cadets may also elect to commission into the Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Availability of positions vary within each unit.
Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. For years, Army ROTC has been creating leaders who go on to rewarding careers in the military and civilian worlds. Here are just a few benefits a student can gain by enrolling in Army ROTC:
- High-level leadership, management and communications training
- Problem-solving and strategic skills development
- Monthly living allowances
- Enter the U.S. Army as an Officer either on Active Duty or in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard
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