Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?
A: 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.
Q: Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?
A: Army ROTC Cadets are allowed to major in nearly all academic areas.
Q: What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help my young adult? Will ROTC classes interfere with his/her other studies?
A: Army ROTC classes normally involve one elective class or 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.
Q: Can my young adult go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?
A: Yes. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. For more details, see Active Duty and Army Reserve or the Army National Guard website.
Q: What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What career fields are available?
A: 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.
Q: My son/daughter wants to play sports in college. Will it be possible for them to do both?
A: Yes. In fact, we encourage all our cadets to play a sport whether it be intramural or for the school. We will work with your child if scheduling conflicts arise.