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The Duke University Army ROTC program provides training in military leadership to full-time students of Duke University and North Carolina Central University. The Department strives to impart its students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective leaders in both military and civilian environments. Upon successful completion of the Army ROTC curriculum, students will receive a Commission as an Officer in the Army with an obligation to serve in the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.

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The Bull City Experience! Join Army ROTC's premier leadership development program at Duke University and North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.

Also hear from General Martin Dempsey, U.S. Army retired, who serves as an Adjunct professor in Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. Our Cadets are extremely blessed to have his support and mentorship throughout their leadership development experience in the Bull City Battalion.

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Do You Have What It Takes?

The Department seeks highly qualified high school seniors, as well as current Duke or NCCU students with at least two years of study remaining and a strong academic record. The best candidates will not only be able to show scholarly aptitude, but also athletic and leader attributes.

Joining our program is literally like signing up for a class. When you sign up for ROTC, you will register for a Military Science Class and Lab (MILITSCI course codes at Duke or MSC at NCCU). You will need a permission number from our department and will also be issued uniforms and equipment. You will then take part in the training and class work that encompasses the ROTC program and will be able to explore the world of the military to see if it’s right for you!

How To Join

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Special Programs

Are you majoring in Science, Math, Engineering, Nursing or a Foreign Language? Perhaps you’re already in the National Guard or Army Reserve? There are special programs and scholarships just for you! Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers bring valuable perspective to the ROTC training environment and are eligible for Federal or State Tuition Assistance. Nursing Scholarship recipients receive full tuition and fees as well as opportunities for specialized summer training. Foreign language and STEM majors also have specialized scholarship programs as well as tremendous academic opportunities through Duke’s Language Departments and the Pratt School of Engineering.

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