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What is The Reserve Officers’ Training Program (ROTC)

What is The Reserve Officers’ Training Program (ROTC)

What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a college program that trains students to become officers in the United States armed forces.  ROTC officers serve in all branches of the U.S. armed forces.  Civilian colleges, military colleges and junior colleges all offer ROTC programs.  Students complete academic programs as well as receive military training.  The focus is on promoting leadership, encouraging honorable conduct, and preparing students to take an officer rank in the military once he or she has graduated.  The term of obligatory service varies among the services.

ROTC officers serve in all branches of the U.S. armed forces.  ROTC graduates make up 56 percent of the U.S. Army officers, 41 percent of the U.S. Air Force officers, 20 percent of the U.S. Navy officers and 11 percent of the U.S. Marine Corps officers, for a combined 39 percent of all active duty officers serving the Department of Defense.

ROTC training during college organizes students into groups.  Depending on which branch of the military, these groups have different names.  Army ROTC units are organized as companies, brigades, and battalions.  Air Force ROTC units are detachments where students are organized into flights, groups, wings, and squadrons.  Both Army and Air Force ROTC students are called cadets.  Navy ROTC units are organized as battalions and also include NROTC students under “Marine Option” who will eventually be commissioned officers in the U.S. Marine Corps versus the U.S. Navy.  Marine NROTC students may be formed in a separate company when the program includes sufficient numbers.  All Navy NROTC students are called midshipmen.

A student may receive a competitive, merit-based scholarship, covering part or all of college tuition, but will have an obligation to active military service when he or she graduates.

ROTC students attend college like other students, but also receive military basic training and officer training for their chosen branch, through the college or university ROTC program.  Students participate in regular drills during the school year and extended training activities during the summer.

Is the ROTC the right path for you?  Let the professionals at Advanced College Solutions, Inc. help you decide.