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Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?
Cadets must serve as Officers in the Army after graduation if they have received an ROTC scholarship, OR if they have enrolled in the ROTC Advanced Course. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate someone to serve unless they have also received a scholarship. A four year scholarship winner may withdraw from the program before their second year without acquiring any obligation to the Army.
Can I go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?
Yes. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my daily life? Do Cadets experience normal college life and activities?
Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college students. But there are two intensive Army ROTC courses that take place on Army Posts, usually during the summer:
• Leader's Training Course – this four-week summer course at Fort Knox, KY is ONLY for students who enroll in Army ROTC going into their junior years without having taken the first two years of military science classes.
• Leader Development and Assessment Course – all Cadets who enter the Advanced Course must attend this four-week summer course at Fort Lewis, WA between their junior and senior years.
What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help me? Will ROTC classes interfere with my other studies?
Army ROTC classes involve standard elective college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule and involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work. These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life, even before graduating and becoming Officers.
P: Do males have to get a short hair cut and do I wear a uniform?
The males hair must be neatly trimmed and meet minimum dress code standards established by the school. A fitted uniform is provided free and is worn once a week on a designated uniform day. It is an honor to wear the uniform and that honor is not treated lightly.
What benefits will I receive if I only want to be part of the ROTC program for only one or two years?
A: If you decide to be part of the ROTC program we will help you develop in diverse ways- no doubt about it. The ROTC will provide:
• Leadership and management skills of use in any career.
• Vast individual attention, motivation toward accomplishing better grades and promoting maturity.
• Encourage physical fitness and good health. There are physical aptitude requirements and you must not be over weight at the end the program.
• Opportunity to learn how the military functions- the role of the army and its soldiers. (Strategies, politics, technology, rules, specialties, ECT.)
• Diverse learning experience, providing the opportunity to build and grow ever lasting friendships in any university organization.