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ROTC commissions officers for the Army, National Guard, and Army Reserves.

We are not a major, we are a course of instruction you take in addition to studying any academic discipline you choose.

ROTC is generally a 4 year program, but in some cases it can be completed in 2 years, read more about the different ways to enter ROTC below.


Want to know more, contact us:

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(304)766-3295

Basic Program (Progression)

This is the basic ROTC program and it is completed while the prospective cadet is pursuing his/her degree. It consists of two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.
  • The Basic Course consists of the freshman and sophomore ROTC classes. During the Basic Course, the prospective cadet is not obligated to the US Army in any way, and receives no financial incentives or compensation.  Learn more!
  • The Advanced Course consists of the junior and senior ROTC classes, and at this point the cadet must sign a contract and obligate himself/herself to accept a commission in the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard (which type of commission is determined during the senior year by a centralized board, with no guarantees as to which component a cadet will commission).  Learn more!

Leader's Training Course (LTC)
 
The Leader's Training Course is for those cadets who cannot, for whatever reason, take all the Freshman and Sophomore ROTC courses.

  • LTC is a 28 day training camp at Fort Knox, KY that prospective Cadet's attend the summer before their junior year.
  • Prospective cadets are paid while at LTC, and are under no obligation to the Army just for attending the training.
  • Upon successful completion of LTC, prospective Cadet's are eligible to contract with ROTC.
  • Learn more!

Lateral Entry

Veterans, members of the Guard or Reserves, and some other select personnel may be eligible to enter the
ROTC Advanced Course directly.

  • Must have ROTC Basic Course placement credit (the most common is prior service in any branch of the military or current membership in the Guard/Reserves).
  • Must have at least 2 years of college remaining on entry into the ROTC Advanced Course.
  • Call to see if this option applies to you!

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
 
A subset of the Lateral Entry program.  Under this program a cadet is in ROTC, pursuing a commission, and is also a member of the National Guard or Army Reserve.  The prospective cadet can take the freshman ROTC classes, but is not eligible to sign an ROTC contract until he/she is at least an academic sophomore. 

  • Prospective SMP cadets must already be in the National Guard or Army Reserve, or be willing to enlist prior to joining ROTC. 
  • No earlier than the sophomore year, but no later than the junior year of college, the cadet must sign a contract and obligate himself/herself to accept a commission in the US Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard. 
  • While completing the ROTC program, the SMP cadet continues to train with his/her National Guard or Reserve unit, receives drill pay, and retains most education benefits.
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