U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) trains and develops future junior officers for leadership with instruction that complements a baccalaureate degree. Coursework in disciplines such as engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities is consistent with the goals of an officer’s military education.
The specific objectives of the U.S. Army ROTC curriculum, called Military Science and Leadership (MSL), include providing students with an understanding of the nature and operations of the U.S. Army, developing leadership skills, and developing the ability to think creatively. Mastering the art of communication is a key component in the leadership development process. Cadets learn how to speak and write effectively. Essential to an officer’s education is the ability to evaluate situations before making decisions, the ability to understand how to lead, the fundamentals of self-discipline, and the standards of performance and appearance, combined with the ability to recognize these standards in others. Above all, the program develops a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and responsibility.
Students enrolled in the Department of Military Science represent our nation’s best scholars, leaders, and athletes. ROTC challenges cadets to apply their academic learning to reflective thinking, goal setting, and problem-solving. These challenges form the leadership skills required of all commissioned officers.
Army ROTC is a college elective you can participate in for up to two years with no obligation, giving you a wide range of experiences while you work toward a degree. It combines classroom time with hands-on experience, teaching skills that give you an edge over your peers in planning your future. Graduates of ROTC serve full-time in the U.S. Army for four years upon graduation or part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or National Guard. As part of Army ROTC, you’ll be in the company of a diverse group of individuals with broad interests. These scholars, athletes, and leaders participate in student government, are captains of varsity teams, and serve as club presidents.