ROTC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q. How much time does ROTC take?

First and Second Year (Basic Course) cadets take a two-hour Military Science class. Cadets also attend one weekend field training exercise (FTX) each semester. Third and Fourth Year (Advanced Course) cadets take a one-hour Military Science class and a three-hour Leadership Laboratory class each week. Cadets participate in three hours of physical training (PT) each week. Cadets also attend one weekend field training exercise (FTX) each semester. Cadets attend a five-week Advanced Camp, normally in the summer between their third and fourth year. Cadets hold the leadership positions within the Cadet Battalion and perform many of their duties outside normal class periods.

Q. What are my obligations?

Non-scholarship cadets incur no obligation during the first two years of Army ROTC.

At the beginning of their junior (Military Science III) year, non-scholarship cadets agree to accept a commission in the U.S. Army upon completion of the required academic and military courses.

Four-year scholarship cadets may withdraw from the program prior to their sophomore year and incur no military service obligation. They do not have to pay back their scholarship benefits. Four-year and three-year scholarship cadets incur a military service obligation beginning their sophomore year. Two-year scholarship cadets incur a military service obligation beginning their junior year.

All Army ROTC graduates incur an eight-year military service obligation. This may be accomplished by serving on active duty or reserve duty. Cadets who receive an active duty assignment normally serve four years followed by service in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or United States Army Reserve (USAR) or the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for the remainder of the eight-year obligation. Cadets who receive a reserve duty assignment normally serve eight years in an ARNG or USAR Troop Program Unit which includes a three- to six-month active duty period for initial training.

Q. Can I still participate in other activities?

Absolutely. ROTC does not interfere with regular college programs. It is not a major, but a series of elective courses. ROTC cadets participate in extracurricular activities, sports, and community service organizations. Some take second academic majors, academic minors, and participate in overseas exchange programs.

Q. If I win a scholarship, do I have to go on active duty?

No. Although most of our scholarship students go on active duty, it is possible to enter the Reserves or National Guard after graduation. Both the US Army Reserves and National Guard also have scholarships available.

Q. Do Military Science courses count toward graduation?


Q. I’m already a second-year. Is it too late for me to enroll?

Not at all. You have two options. First, you could “compress” the first two years of Military Science by taking both first and second-year classes in the second year. If you cannot complete all the courses, we can send you to ROTC Basic Camp in the summer between your second and third year. This is a five-week summer training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky that enables you to enter the Advanced Course.

Q. I want to get my master’s/professional degree before going on active duty. Can I do that?

Yes. During your fourth-year, you can request an educational delay so that you may continue your studies before going on active duty. This is a competitive program and is normally granted only to those students pursuing a technical or professional degree such as law school or medical school.

Q. Will I have to attend Basic Training (Boot Camp)?

No. ROTC cadets do not attend Basic Training. In fact, as an ROTC cadet you will not be “in the Army.” You can participate in ROTC as a non-scholarship cadet your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation. This means if ROTC isn’t for you, you can withdraw without incurring a military service obligation.

Q. How much money is an Army ROTC scholarship worth?

An Army ROTC scholarship is worth up to $16,000 towards your tuition. Scholarships also pay $510 a year for books, and a progressive stipend ranging from $250 to $400 a month.

Q. Do I have to get up early in the morning for Army ROTC?

During the first two years, you are responsible for maintaining your own level of physical fitness as you will take the Army Physical Fitness Test twice a year. During your Junior and Senior year, you will participate in organized physical training with the Cadre throughout the week.