About Army ROTC

Leadership That Lasts a Lifetime

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training, and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.  Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate in your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army.

Learn more about Branches and Specialties on ArmyROTC.com

Your Commitment

Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.

  • You will serve four years Active Duty if selected, and four years in the Inactive Ready Reserves.
  • Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the US Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.  Cadets who compete for Active Duty and do not receive an Active Duty assignment will be assigned to the Army Reserve or Army National Guard in the state of their choice (subject to availability).

Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have contracted or received an Army ROTC Scholarship.