As a high school student, you may already know that you want to become part of the Army ROTC. That being said, you probably have a few questions on your mind before you make a final decision.
Is enrolling in the Army ROTC equivalent to enlisting in the United States Army?
Generally speaking, this is not the same as enlisting in the Army. However, the main purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce officers that are willing to serve in the future.
You must agree to serve as an officer in the Army once your time in college and the ROTC program is complete.
If you only enroll in the ROTC Basic Course, you are not required to serve unless you have received a scholarship.
Do I qualify for a scholarship?
The Army ROTC program offers two, three, and four year scholarships. These scholarships pay for tuition and fees while also offering an allowance for books as well as a monthly stipend.
Do I have to pay back any of my scholarship money?
If you receive an Army ROTC scholarship you are not required to pay back the money. On the other hand, you are required to serve for four years. If you did not receive a scholarship but enrolled in the ROTC Advanced Course, your obligation is only three years.
Those who complete Army ROTC training and graduate from college are commissioned as second lieutenants.
Will my Army ROTC training help me later in life?
If nothing else, the completion of the Army ROTC program will show you what it takes to be a great leader. This training will help you during your time in college, while serving, and of course, as you begin to work in the civilian world.
Why should I choose the Army ROTC?
There are other ROTC programs to consider, such as those associated with the Navy. While they all have something unique to offer, the Army is among the best because it offers the most career opportunities throughout the world.
What will my college major be if I join the Army ROTC program?
Typically, Army ROTC cadets are able to choose any major that suits him or her. Remember, you will go through your college life much the same as those who are not in the ROTC. This means choosing your own major and graduating with a degree in your primary field of interest.
Final Word on the Army ROTC Program
Now that you know more, there is one last question you have to answer: which college or university are you going to attend? This is an important question because not all schools have an Army ROTC program.
As you compare schools, make sure you learn more about the ROTC program as well as other important details such as available programs.
With answers to some of the most common questions, you are in position to make a decision regarding whether the Army ROTC program is right for you.
For more information on ROTC programs for all the military branches go to ROTC.COM.