Parents and Families
For our Parents
Information for Parents and Families
Welcome to our page of information for parents and families! Army ROTC classes are geared towards developing leadership skills in college students. The freshman and sophomore classes are without obligation and are tuition free. As a student progresses through Army ROTC, students may decide to pursue the opportunity to become an officer in the Active Army, Army National Guard or United States Army Reserve. There are several types of scholarships available as well the Simultaneous Membership Program. Please check out the questions and answer section for details.
Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once my son/daughter starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?
No, students who enroll in ROTC do not join the Army. They receive academic credit for taking ROTC classes. It's considered a college elective. Students pursue their "regular" college degree on campus like other students. Enrollment in the freshman and sophomore ROTC classes does not obligate anyone unless they are on a scholarship. However, if a student receives a ROTC scholarship, they will serve as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army after graduation.
What does it mean to be an Officer?
Being an Officer in the U.S. Army is one of the most prestigious, difficult and satisfying professions an American citizen can have. First and foremost an Officer is a leader: highly trained, disciplined and effective. An Officer must be able to quickly make smart decisions under stress. Many former Army Officers have gone on to become CEOs of major corporations and have held positions of importance in government using their Officer training and experience as a competitive edge.
Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?
How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?
ROTC Scholarships are awarded each semester. There are 2, 2 ½, 3, 3 ½, and 4 year scholarships available to qualified applicants. High school applicants compete on a national level for scholarships. The deadline is January 10 for each year. After January 10, applications are accepted at the local level only – directly to our department. The 4 year scholarship window is March of your junior year through January 10 of your senior year in high school. Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of a 2.5 and a minimum ACT of 19 or SAT of 920.
To apply for a campus-based scholarship, please contact our Recruiting Operations Officer, Mr Tim Tate, at (208) 404-4213 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kinds of scholarships are available in Army ROTC? Are any scholarships retroactive?
Army ROTC scholarships vary based on the length of time remaining for students to complete their degrees. There are two-, three-, and four-year scholarships that pay for tuition and fees or room and board. Scholarships also include annual book allowances and a monthly stipend. If awarded a scholarship and eligibility requirements are met before the end of the semester, tuition and fees will be paid for that semester.
How much does ROTC usually award and what does the money go toward?
Army ROTC scholarships pay for tuition and academic fees or room and board, which is capped at the average cost on campus. Scholarship winners also receive an annual book allowance, as well as a stipend worth up to $4,000 per academic year.
On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?
ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.
What is my son's/daughter's service obligation for receiving scholarship benefits, or for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Course?
- Four years active duty and the remaining four years in the Army National Guard (ARNG), United States Army Reserve (USAR), or the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR)
- Eight years in the Army National Guard (ARNG)
- Eight years in the United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Is there a military obligation during college?
Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
Why should my young adult choose Army ROTC over a different ROTC?
Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?
Is ROTC like "boot camp?"
How much time does ROTC take up weekly?
What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help my young adult?
What do the ROTC classes consist of?
What can students expect to "get" from ROTC?
What good is Army ROTC for a career outside of the Army?
What are the chances that my young adult will be deployed to support the Global War on Terrorism?
Can my young adult go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?
What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What careers are available?
What kind of salary and benefits will my young adult earn as a commissioned Army Officer?
- 30 days paid vacation each year
- Full medical and dental coverage for self and dependents
- Free on-post housing or a monthly housing allowance
- Travel pay
- Inexpensive and tax-free shopping
- The opportunity for early retirement
- Thrift Savings Plan (the Army's 401k)
- Inexpensive life insurance for self and dependents
- The opportunity to attend graduate school
- Active duty Second Lieutenants earn approximately $51,000 annually (pay and housing allowances; 2016)
- Within three years, the ROTC graduate on active duty will be a First Lieutenant earning approximately $70,000 annually
- Second Lieutenants in the Reserve or National Guard earn approximately $7,500 annually working one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Reserve officers can easily quadruple their annual earnings as they progress in rank
- All Army Officers are eligible to receive special pay for flying, parachuting, relocating, hazardous duty, etc