US ARMY RESERVE OFFICERS’
TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)
What it’s all about? It is an Army Officer Education Program…
(Two, Three, and Four Year Full-Tuition Scholarships Available at Many Schools
Throughout the State of Illinois)
WHY BECOME AN ARMY OFFICER? THINK YOU ARE READY?
Officers are leaders in the US Army; a new You must meet or exceed the following standards in
officer (Second Lieutenant (2LT)) serves as part of order to be competitive for a scholarship and prior to
the top 15% of the Army leadership. contracting to pursue a commission. You can still
2LTs are directly responsible for up to forty enroll in ROTC even if you don’t meet all these
Soldiers and millions of dollars of equipment upon requirements, and may be eligible for a scholarship
graduation; far outstripping most of their later in your college career.
counterparts. U.S citizen, 17 years of age or older
Army leadership training and experience is 19 ACT/920 SAT with at least a 2.5 GPA.
highly sought after by corporate America Pass a Department of Defense medical
Students who complete ROTC and receive a examination
commission are eligible for Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test; Men: 42
o Guaranteed job placement (full or part time push-ups, 53 sit-ups, 2-mile run in 15:54; Women: 19
with the Active Army, IL National Guard or US push-ups, 53 sit-ups, 2-mile run in 18:54
Army Reserve) SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER BENEFITS
o Competitive salaries ($48K to start and
over $75K after four years) The Army ROTC offers a variety of scholarship
o Excellent healthcare for them and their opportunities and other benefits. Each College or
family University may have additional incentives (i.e. partial
o 30 days a year of paid vacation or complete housing costs paid / waived), but the
following benefits are available at any ROTC program:
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR? 2, 3, and 4-year scholarships that provide full
The process of Officer selection and training is both tuition and fees (any academic major…your choice);
competitive, and challenging. We are looking for special Nursing Scholarships set aside for Nursing
students who meet many of the following criteria students
during their high school career. Once enrolled in the Advanced Course or
Scholars (valedictorian/salutatorian, member otherwise contracted, cadets earn a $300 - $500
of the National Honor Society, Honors or Advanced monthly tax-free stipend and $1,200 a year for
Placement Program graduate, top 10% of class, better books.
than a 3.0 GPA and 24 ACT) Additional stipend available for study of
Athletes (varsity letter from HS team, member languages designated as ‘of strategic import’
of regional/city/competitive league, active OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
involvement in organized or individual athletic
competitions, etc.) Students fulfill requirements to become an
Leaders (elected member of student officer while attending college or university; ROTC
government, class or activity, captain of athletic or fits into other academic coursework like an academic
academic team, served in position of responsibility in minor (in some cases it may be an academic minor)
school/club/private organizations, Eagle Scout/Gold Students who join ROTC are NOT required to
Star, etc.) attend Basic Training; this is not enlisting in the
If you meet some but not all of the criteria above, Army
Army ROTC may still be a good fit for you. Students will not receive the monetary and
other benefits outlined above until they are
committed to pursue a commission by contract.
ARMY ROTC = TIME-HONORED TRADITION WHAT WILL MY ROTC EXPERIENCE ENTAIL?
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a While the ROTC program at each University or
college level course of leadership and adventure College is unique. Some common elements you can
training that produces more than 70% of all Army expect to experience during your time in ROTC will
officers in the active Army, Illinois Army National be:
Guard, and US Army Reserve. Since our inception in Lecture or hands on classroom Military Science
1916, we have commissioned more than a half million instruction from one to three times a week depending
lieutenants. Our program transforms men and on your school and academic year.
women from college students into Army officers. Instruction by Army Officers and Non-
They emerge as extremely qualified professionals Commissioned Officers who bring their experience
who serve as leaders of the most respected institution and knowledge to the academic environment.
in America. Once a week (on average) Military Science
Leadership Lab with hands-on practical exercises;
ARMY ROTC = LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE application of military skills and leadership training;
may incorporate adventure training.
ROTC graduates have gone on to serve with Physical Training one to three times a week
distinction in the military, the business sector, and in with fellow cadets
the government. Our curriculum is a combination of One weekend of Field Training each semester
leadership theory, self development, and practical where you put together everything you have learned
leadership application. Notable graduates include and experience some unique Army experiences
Secretaries of State George C. Marshall and Colin One paid four-week leadership evaluation camp
Powell; WALMART founder Sam Walton; US Supreme during the summer; normally after your junior year
Court Justice Samuel Alito; actor James Earl Jones; as Extracurricular opportunities designed to
well as college and professional coaching sensation challenge and further develop you as a person and a
Lou Holtz and Lenny Wilkens. leader (each ROTC program will have these to varying
ARMY ROTC = SELF IMPROVEMENT o Ranger Group or Ranger Challenge Team – a
group dedicated to further honing your military skills,
As part of Army ROTC, you are a vital member of our physical capability, and leadership presence. These
team and the best leadership development program groups will participate in a three day competition that
in the nation. You will gain the confidence, self- serves as ROTC’s varsity sport.
discipline, and leadership skills to succeed in your o Color Guard or Pershing Rifles – a group that
classes and beyond. You will be part of a people conducts ceremonies and presents the national colors
oriented organization that will serve you during at University and community events. They are often
college, prepare you for a lifetime of successes, and the external face of ROTC at your school.
allow you to apply your abilities and talents to serve o Officers’ Christian Fellowship – meets regularly
others and your country. to worship, pray, and learn how to honor their faith in
the military (not at all institutions).
ARMY ROTC = SELFLESS SERVICE o Rifle Team – practice and compete in small-
bore and air rifle competitions as available (not at all
You can try Army ROTC for up to two years with no institutions)
obligation during our Basic Course. You will study
Leadership Development, Military Skills, and SO HOW DO I ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM OR
participate in Adventure Training while you combine COMPETE FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?
classroom time with hands-on experience – skills that
are sure to give you an edge over your peers when it Go to www.armyrotc.com before December of
comes time to look for a job. If you qualify for and your senior year (it is okay to start this the summer
decide to continue in the Advanced Course, you will before your senior year) and complete the online
be agreeing to serve your country for a total of 8 scholarship application.
years after graduation as an Army officer, either full- Contact the ROTC program you hope to enter
time on active duty or part-time while pursuing your and they will make sure you sign up for the proper
civilian career – your choice. college courses once you are admitted to the College
or University of your choice.