Are you a high school student interested in joining the Army? Would you rather attend college before serving your country? If you answered yes to both of these questions, it may be time to consider the Army ROTC program.
Once you learn more about the ROTC program, including how any why to enroll once being admitted to a college or university, it will be easier for you to decide if this is the best choice
Five ROTC FAQs for High School Students
Is enrolling in ROTC the same as enlisting in the Army?
In short, this is not the same as joining the Army. You are not being sent to boot camp. Instead, the primary goal of this program is to produce future officers. For this reason, upon joining the ROTC you are agreeing to serve as an Offer in the Army after graduation.
Note: even if you complete the ROTC Basic Course during your first two years of college, you are not required to enlist in the Army ? unless you received a scholarship.
What is my obligation to the Army in the future?
If you receive an ROTC scholarship, you are required to serve four years in the Army. Those who partake in the program, but do not receive financial aid, must serve three years. Regardless, if you graduate college and complete the entire ROTC training course, you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Will my participation in ROTC affect my other course work?
In short, ROTC classes usually include one lab per semester and one elective class. Although you will be involved with hands-on training, as well as classroom work, every course is intended to fit into your schedule.
Does joining the ROTC mean that my daily life is full of training? Can I still lead a normal life as a college student?
Outside of your training and educational requirements as an ROTC cadet, you can enjoy a normal college life. From joining fraternities and sororities to participating in sports and much more, you can and will act the same as every other college student.
Does Army ROTC prepare me for a career after the Army?
As a high school/college student you need to think about your future. From the moment you join the ROTC you will be learning what it means to become a leader. The training you receive will help you during your time in the Army as well as when you decide to apply for civilian employment.
From scholarships to a more secure future, there are many reasons why high school students should consider the ROTC program ? if they plan on attending college.