Common Questions

Is ROTC a Degree?
No, ROTC is not a degree, but you still register for ROTC classes just like you do your normal classes for your major. Those who complete the full ROTC program in college earn a Commission as an Officer in the US Army.

What is a Commission?
A Commission is the act or document that bestows authority onto a person. When you earn a Commission from ROTC, you agree in writing to accept the duties of an Officer in the United States Army and are reposed with special trust and confidence by the President of the United States in your patriotism, fidelity and abilities. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration all have Commissioned Officers within their ranks. These Officers have a special responsibility to lead and be stewards of their respective components.

Do I have to Join the Army if I do ROTC?
No. You can participate in ROTC through the end of your sophomore year without obligation. However, if you elect to stay past your sophomore year, you must sign a contract signaling your intent to earn and accept an Army Commission in either the Active Army, Reserve or National Guard

Can I do ROTC if I have already started College?
Yes. You can sign up for ROTC up through the end of your sophomore year. As long as you have two full years and two summers remaining at school, you are encouraged to enquire about ROTC.

Can I do ROTC if I’m a Graduate Student?
Absolutely. We have often have multiple graduate students in our program. Graduate students bring maturity and experience to our program and are frequently among our best cadets. As long as you have two full years and two summers available for training you are encouraged to enquire about ROTC.

What does “Active Duty” mean?
Active Duty means that you work for the Army full-time. We have several Officers in our unit with Active Duty experience that can talk you through the day-to-day of an Army Officer on Active Duty. It is NOT the same thing as being deployed.