Benefits of ROTC

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Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in school, service, and life. Earn financial support to complete your education. Gain leadership training and experiences that serve as a foundation to become commissioned Army Officers upon graduation.

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Scholarships and stipends in Army ROTC help you focus on what's important. Namely, getting that college degree — not how you'll pay for it.

High school students
The US Army 4-Year College Scholarship Program lets you apply for financial aid while in high school. Apply for high school scholarships.

College students

  • The US Army offers 2, 3, or 3.5 year scholarships for tuition and fees OR room and board.
  • Up to $1,200 per year for textbooks.
  • Monthly contract stipend: $300 (freshmen), $350 (sophomore), $450 (junior), $500 (senior).
  • Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) for National Guard and Reserve members: tuition or room & board are covered.
  • Federal tuition assistance for guard/reserve members: up to $4,500/year

Apply for college scholarships

It's Not for Everyone—Just the Leaders of Tomorrow
The specific education you receive in Army ROTC will include things like leadership development, military skills and physical training. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students. Army ROTC is comprised of two phases: Basic Course and Advanced Course.

  • Army ROTC Basic Course
    The Basic Course normally takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class and lab each semester. You will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership, as well as start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Course without a military commitment.
  • Leader's Training Course
    Cadets take part in the Leader's Training Course when they enter Army ROTC going into their junior year. This course—made up of four phases—allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who joined in their freshman or sophomore years. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises.
  • Army ROTC Advanced Course
    The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class or lab each semester, plus a summer leadership course. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course
    Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It's a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Freshman Year: The Role of the Army

  • Roles and Origins of the Army
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Branches of the Army
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Sophomore Year: The Role of an Officer

  • Role of the Officer and Noncommissioned Officer
  • Communications
  • Code of Conduct
  • First Aid
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Junior Year: Small Unit Training

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Nuclear, Biochemical and Chemical Warfare
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Human Behavior
  • Math Reasoning
  • Computer Science
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Senior Year: Transition to Becoming an Officer

  • Military Justice
  • Intelligence and Electronic Warfare
  • Army Personnel Management
  • Army Logistics
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Success Now and in the Future 
Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in any competitive environment. The leadership training and experiences that you have in Army ROTC will also provide you with a foundation to become commissioned Army officers upon graduation.

Starting Your Career
When you graduate from college, you will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Your career as an officer will be just beginning, and you'll find a variety of interesting officer career fields—called branches—in the Army. Upon graduation, you will embark on specialized advanced training for your branch.

The Army: It's What You Make It
Upon completion of officer branch training and a first assignment, Army officers may pursue additional specialized training and post-graduate education opportunities. You will most likely be assigned to advanced leadership and staff positions. Also, you may develop doctrine, teach military tactics, or serve as advisors.

Nurse Program
If you're considering an undergraduate Nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality.

Being a nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army Nurse and Officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.

Students who are interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi can also enroll in ROTC. Students may enroll as a freshman, sophomore, or as late as entering college as a graduate student. Upon completion of the program, students are commissioned as Officers in the United States Army.

Learn more about Nursing programs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi