Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Army Reserve Officer Training Corps is a unique college elective that teaches students leadership skills used in the Army, but also can be applied in any field. Students receive credit for ROTC classes, which are applied toward their diploma. Upon graduation, they receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In addition to the educational and military benefits, ROTC also awards scholarships based solely on merit to thousands of students each year. Qualifying students can get scholarships worth up to $80,000 at some schools, including a monthly allowance.
Whether you're in high school, college or already in the Army, there is a way you can become an Officer in today's Army.
High School Students
If you're still in high school and you're interested in enrolling in Army ROTC, you can find schools that carry an Army ROTC program or talk to your academic advisor.
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 the Leader's Training Course held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer.
Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to enroll in Army ROTC and the incentives available, including opportunities to compete for two-, three-, or four-year scholarships. Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships for college students.
Enlisted Soldiers – Green to Gold Program
If you're an enlisted Soldier, Army ROTC can help you continue to grow and learn. The Army Green to Gold program provides unique options for Soldiers interested in pursuing baccalaureate degrees and earning commissions as Army Officers.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as Officer trainees in the Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.