Questions About Army ROTC

Joining Army ROTC can open doors and change your life, but you need to understand the commitments involved to ensure that this path is the best fit for you.

We've highlighted some of the most common questioins asked by prospective cadets and their families, and we recommend that you explore all of the GAQs available at

Choosing Army ROTC and Scholarships


Enrolling in Army ROTC is not, strictly speaking, "joining the Army." You will not be sent to "boot camp,” or as we call it in the Army, Basic Training. However, the primary purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce its Officers, so young adults must agree to serve as Officers in the Army after graduation to go through the entire program, or if they have received an ROTC scholarship. 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.


Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships, which pay full tuition and fees. They also include a separate allowance for books and a monthly stipend of up to $5,000 a year. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.

Scholarship winners must serve for four years; non-scholarship Cadets who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve for three years. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. 



Academics and Lifestyle


Army ROTC Cadets are allowed to major in nearly all academic areas.

Army ROTC classes normally involve one elective class and one lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork, as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. 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.

Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college students. They join fraternities and sororities. They participate in varsity team and individual sports. They take part in community service projects.

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 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 five-week summer course at Fort Lewis, WA, between their junior and senior years.


After Graduation


Yes. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.

Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants. They then receive specialized training in one of 17 different Army branches. During their Army careers, they'll receive regular professional training as they advance through the ranks, and they'll have many opportunities for advanced leadership positions and post-graduate education.


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