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ROTC crest and logoArmy ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corp) is one of the best college classes you can ever take. It offers opportunities and challenges that really put you in the driver’s seat. By participating in the program, you’ll develop life skills and possess the confidence, motivation, self-esteem and leadership skills to be successful in any career.

The Army ROTC program is a college elective that consists of a combination of academic classes and important hands-on training that will allow you to become an Army National Guard lieutenant. It offers physical and metal challenges geared to help you succeed in college and beyond. More importantly, you will learn teamwork and be given responsibilities like mentoring younger cadets and helping them gain the same skills that you have learned. In addition to on-campus training, you could be offered instruction in mountaineering, rappelling and orienteering.

Participation in the college-level Army ROTC program takes just a few hours per week. So, it won’t interfere with other academic studies, sports or your social life. As a matter of fact, you’ll find the program is a great place to form lasting friendships.

An ROTC scholarship is an excellent pathway for those seeking to serve as officers in the Army National Guard

Get With The Program
The Army National Guard ROTC program is a four-year curriculum. The program consists of a two-year Basic Course and a two-year Advanced Course. Participating ROTC Cadets must be under the age of 27 at the time of commissioning. During these four years, individuals without prior military experience are taught leadership skills during weekend drills and summer annual training, and military Science classes on campus.

ROTC Basic Course
The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college. Taken in elective courses, this usually comprises one class and lab each semester. In the ROTC Basic course, you will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership and initial preparations toward becoming a leader in the Army National Guard. You can take army Guard ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

ROTC Advanced Course
The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college. Also taken as elective courses, this usually includes on class and lab each semester, plus a summer leadership camp. In the ROTC Advanced Course, you will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the Army National Guard after you graduate.

Shadow The Experts
Senior ROTC cadets get the valuable experience of working alongside and observing up-close, experienced Guard Officers as they solve problems and interact with the troops. This understudy program is called Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Cadets leave this program with valuable knowledge and earn drill pay at the rate of Sergeant -in addition to your regular ROTC stipend.

The Gold at the End of the ROTC Challenge, Second Lieutenant, Army National Guard
At the end of your ROTC program awaits the single gold bar of a Second Lieutenant. You will command respect and be called upon to lead with judgment, knowledge and experience. You can go through this program by way of an ROTC scholarship that pays for college, or as a cadet who pays for his or her own way. Regardless, when you look back on your ROTC experience you'll remember a strong sense of purpose, camaraderie and belonging.

Click here for more information about being in ROTC and the National Guard.

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