ROTC (Army, Air Force, Navy)

The Reserve Officer’s Training Corps is a program of leadership and military skills training. Upon successful completion of the program and graduation, cadets are awarded a commision as a second lieutenant. It prepares students for officer responsibilities in the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard following graduation.



Army ROTC offers two programs to all qualified college and university students. The traditional four-year program gives students the opportunity to take ROTC courses in each of their four years of college. The two-year program is available for community and junior college students as well as any other students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of college. Both of these programs are offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities through- out the United States.

The program is directed by the US Army ROTC Cadet Command, located at Fort Monroe, VA. Cadet Command is responsible for the administration and oper- ation of the Army ROTC at the college and university level nationwide. Its mission is “to commission the future officer leadership of the US Army.”

ROTC provides the Army with more than 70 percent of its officers; and today, ROTC trained men and women are offering indispensable leadership in a variety of assignments around the world.


Air Force

Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares you to become an Air Force Officer while earning a college degree. And it gives you the opportunity to get the tuition money you need. But more than that—it’s a challenge, a head start on a lifetime of success, within the Air Force and in everything you choose to do.

In Air Force ROTC, you’ll make the most of your college experience. You’ll hone your time-management skills, analytical skills and physical fitness. It won’t be easy. But if you’re up to the challenge, the rewards will last a lifetime.



The purpose of the Navy ROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy’s unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program plays an important role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

Selected applicants for the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition, books stipend, educational fees and other financial benefits at many of the country’s leading colleges and universities. Upon graduation, midshipmen are commissioned as officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve.

The Navy ROTC Scholarship Program is available to qualified students who graduate from high school before August 1 of the year they intend to start college.

Students selected for the Navy ROTC Scholarship Program make their own arrangements for college enrollment and room and board, and take the normal course load required by the college or university for degree completion. Additionally, scholarship midshipmen are required to follow specific academic guidelines.

Marine (Navy ROTC with Marine Option)

The purpose of the Marine Option NROTC program is to educate and train highly qualified young men and women for careers as commissioned officers in the United States Marine Corps.

The Marine Option NROTC units are located at selected colleges and universities throughout the United States. Upon graduation and successful completion of required courses and training, a midshipman is appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. While attending a university as a scholarship student, active duty Marines who are selected as Marine Option NROTC scholarship recipients are released to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and do not receive pay and allowances.


General eligibility requirements for the program are as follows:

  • Be a U. S. citizen.
  • Be 17 years of age by September 1st of the year starting college and less than 23 years of age on June 30th of that year. Applicants must not have reached their 27th birthday by June 30th of the year in which college graduation and commissioning are anticipated. Applicants who have prior active duty military service may be eligible for age adjustments for the amount of time equal to their prior service, on a month-for-month basis, for a maximum of 36 months, provided they do not reach their 30th birthday by June 30th of the year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate (GED) by August 1st of the same year of anticipated entrance into the four-year NROTC Scholarship Program.
  • Be physically qualified by Marine Corps standards.
  • Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms, and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign, or domestic.
  • Have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses.
  • Apply for and gain admission to an approved NROTC college or university. Admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process; however, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.
  • Achieve qualifying scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of 1000 minimum composite, or the American College Test (ACT) of 45 minimum composite. Both the SAT/ACT math and English scores must be from the same test. Applicants cannot combine their best math score and their best English score to achieve the qualifying score for application.
  • Students w/ more than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college credit upon application or students already enrolled in NROTC College Program are not eligible for four-year NROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval science at host university’s NROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities