To enroll in the Army ROTC program with no obligation for the first two years a student must:
- Be enrolled full-time at a college or university
- Be of good moral character
To contract and commission through the Army ROTC program a student must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be enrolled full-time at a college or university
- Obtain and maintain 2.5 GPA
- Pass a medical examination administered by the Department of Defense
- Be under the age of 33 by the time of graduation and commissioning
- Be able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet height/weight standards
- Highly competitive merit-based scholarships available to those who qualify
- Scholarships pay full-tuition and fees for 2, 3, or 4 years and $1200/year for books
- Tax free subsistence allowance of $420/monthly while in school
- Graduates from the program receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and will lead Soldiers as an Officer in the Active Duty force, the Army National Guard, or the Army Reserves.
- Military Science and Leadership classes are elective courses taught on the host campus and all course materials are provided free of charge.
- Participation in varsity athletics is compatible with the Army ROTC program as physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are key components of an Army Officer’s life.
Uniforms & Equipment
- All required uniforms and equipment for the program are provided free of charge.
Summer Training - Internships & Professional Development
- In addition to a required summer internship between junior and senior years, the program offers additional fully funded internships and training opportunities at a variety of locations across the globe.
- Opportunities to attend Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare and other schools are available to those who qualify.
What is Army ROTC?
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the gold bar of a Second Lieutenant and be commissioned into the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard and become a leader for life.
Freshman and Sophomore Years (The Basic Course)
The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class and lab each semester along with the requisite physical training and field training exercises. You will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership and start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. The basic course may also include the summer training course, Basic Camp. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.
Junior and Senior Years (The Advanced Course)
The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and lab each semester in addition to the requisite physical training and field training exercises, plus Advanced Camp during your junior summer. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning, and decision-making. To benefit from the leadership training in the Advanced Course, all Cadets must have completed either the Basic Course or have attended Basic Camp.
Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.
Commitment after College
Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advance Course must agree to complete a period of 4 or 6 years of service with the Army.
- Cadets may choose to serve full time in the Army for 4 years with 4 years in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
- Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career for 6 years with the remaining 2 in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
It's an experience that you can't get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Contact your campus representative 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.
How to Apply
High school students
To enroll, contact your Military Science department representative. Scholarship applications are completed on-line at www.goarmy.com/rotc. The deadline is January 10th of your senior year. After January 10th of your senior year or for more information, contact the Military Science department contact below.
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 Basic Camp held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer.
To talk about how to enroll in Army ROTC and the incentives available, including opportunities to compete for scholarships contact: John Bautch, Scholarship Enrollment Officer Vanderbilt University Army ROTC,
Office (615) 343-7616, or cell (615) 389-3247 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org