Army ROTC is a unique college elective. It takes no more of your time than would most other college courses. The credits received from ROTC classes go toward your diploma. And when you graduate, you'll receive a diploma and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. ROTC also awards scholarships - based solely on your merit - to hundreds of students each year. The scholarship covers 100% of tuition and fees, $900 per year for books and fees, and a tax-free stipend from $300 to $500 dollars per year.
ROTC Training goes beyond the typical college classroom. You could be leading your classmates on a tactical "mission," or taking part in outdoor adventure training designed to improve your ability to solve problems under stress.
You'll learn skills you would expect to find in an Army officer including how to motivate co-workers, cope with the unexpected, and organize large, complex tasks. But you'll also learn skills in demand today in the civilian and business world such as teamwork, tact, and effective communication. You'll learn from experienced Army officers and noncommissioned officers and, in time, help pass on what you've learned to newer students as well. In other words, you'll learn how to take charge... take command... and take the LEAD!
Traditionally, Army ROTC is a four year program. The first two years of the program comprise the Basic Course. This includes classroom studies in such subjects as military history, leadership development, and national defense. You can enroll in the program for the first two years without incurring any future military obligation (if you don't have an ROTC scholarship).
As a Cadet in the Advanced Course, you'll spend the summer between your junior and senior years attending the Leadership Development and Assessment Course. In this course you'll be asked to handle the complex tasks of a unit leader.
Then, as a Cadet in the Advanced Course, your management skills will continue to be sharpened. You'll teach new ROTC students what you've learned. And when you graduate from college, you're ready to be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
The mission of the Military Science Department is to commission the future leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better Americans. Our mission is accomplished through recruiting, selecting, motivating, training and retaining students who possess leadership potential. In achieving our mission, we provide a unique opportunity for our students by providing both training and experience in leadership and management. Army ROTC develops self-discipline, responsibility and confidence - qualities basic to success in the Army or in a civilian career. ROTC gives students a valuable opportunity to build for the future by helping them earn both a college degree and officers' commission at the same time.
ROTC graduates are proven leaders, thinkers and decision-makers. They meet problems head on and solve them quickly. They learn how to adapt to situations and take charge. They will find that their background and experience in ROTC and the Army can be a valuable asset should they decide to pursue a civilian career. The practical experience they gain by leading people and managing money and equipment will place them far ahead of other graduates competing for jobs that lead to top management positions.
The Department of Military Science Program of Instruction is designed to develop within students:
- A strong personal integrity, honor, and duty ethic;
- A strong sense of individual responsibility and accountability;
- An understanding of the principles of military leadership, management and organization;
- The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
- A general knowledge of the historical development of the U.S. and its role in support of national objectives;
- An understanding of military life as a commissioned officer to include social and economic opportunities and leadership development; and,
- The ability to apply principles of leadership, management, and personal courage.