The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University is an educational program that combines college electives in military science with practical leadership training to prepare men and women to become Army officers. Upon successful completion of the Army ROTC program and graduation from VCU, cadets receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants in the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
How can Army ROTC benefit me?
Army ROTC at VCU will help you be more successful during college and upon graduation. You will gain a high degree of confidence and self-discipline, and acquire leadership skills and credentials that will impress employers when you graduate. In addition, you will earn opportunities for service-to-country as an officer, full-time on active duty, or part-time in the reserves as you pursue your civilian career.
Who participates in Army ROTC?
At VCU more than 100 students enroll in Army ROTC courses yearly. They include students from nearly every academic field. Approximately 10 VCU students complete the program each year, earning presidential appointments as Army officers.
How do I get into the program?
VCU students enroll in ROTC classes when they register for military science classes. Any student may take an introductory basic course without obligation to the program. Students may qualify to enter advanced courses by completing either the basic courses on campus or a six-week summer leadership training program (Leader’s Training Course). Veterans, reservists and guardsmen may qualify to enter directly into advanced courses.
How does Army ROTC courses fit in?
Military science courses are accepted as electives in your major. Getting involved or enrolling in the program (primarily for juniors and seniors and scholarship freshman and sophomores) includes the following activities during the semester: one Saturday for a cadet orientation day, a monthly physical training test and one weekend for a battalion field training exercise.
The ROTC program sponsors a Ranger Challenge team, an elite group of cadets who train in Ranger tactics and compete in “Ranger Challenge” events against ROTC cadets from other universities. The Color Guard also offers cadets the opportunity to perform in various university events, formal ceremonies and parades.
How about financial aid?
Army ROTC offers you several opportunities for scholarships worth up to $28,000 at VCU. As a high school student, you may compete for a three-year award. Once on campus, you may apply for a three-year or two-year scholarship. All scholarships cover VCU tuition, most books and lab fees, plus provide monthly stipends ranging
from $300 – $500 per month to cover living expenses for the school year.
All cadets receive the monthly allowance during their two years of advanced ROTC, in addition to pay for all summer training. While enrolled in the ROTC program, many cadets choose to serve as officer trainees in the Army Reserve or National Guard to earn more money.
What is the obligation?
Introductory basic courses let you take a look at officer opportunities without obligation. Once you accept a scholarship or enter advanced course, you make a commitment to serve as an officer on active or reserve duty when you graduate. The initial duty obligation is three or four years.
What else does the program offer?
During the summer of their junior year, cadets attend a six-week advanced leadership camp where their leadership skills are evaluated.
Students also have opportunities to attend special training during the summer at the Army’s Airborne School, Air Assault School or CTLT (Internship).
Points of Contact:
CW3 Roger Farina – Harris Hall; Room 3126