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Q. By enrolling in ROTC are you joining the Army?
A. No. Students who enroll in ROTC don't automatically join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit.  There is no obligation just for taking a 100 or 200 level ROTC class.

Q. Is ROTC a major?
A. No, ROTC classes are general electives.  Our cadets study any major they want.

Q. When will I become obligated to the Army if I join ROTC?
A. Only when you sign a contract with ROTC.  This can be as late as the beginning of the junior year of college.

Q. How much time does ROTC take up weekly?
A. ROTC classes each semester add up to 4 credit hours. Out of class requirements are minimal and most are voluntary.

Q. What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?
A. Quite simply, the leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career. During the Basic Course (first two years), your studies will include basic leadership development, basic military skills, adventure training, and life skills. During the Advanced Course (last two years), your studies will include advanced leadership and management sk
ills, planning, and Army ethics.

Q. What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?
A. Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, a ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through rough terrain in the woods or through a team building exercise on the campus grounds.

Q. On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?
A. ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work. There are a variety of scholarships, tuition and housing assistance available to students.

Q. Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
A. Almost any student can enroll in ROTC, regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not.

Q.  If I enroll in ROTC and see the program all the way through, do I have to go on active duty in the Army?
A.  No, we have options that allow ROTC graduates to serve their obligation as officers in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves.

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