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UVM Reserve Officer Training Corps

What is Army ROTC?

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from college and completion of Army ROTC, you will earn an Officer Commission as a Second Lieutenant and serve in the Active Army, the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard and become a leader for life.

The Army ROTC leadership curriculum is integrated into your regular academic course load. Your time in ROTC provides you the tools, training, and experiences to succeed in a competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college education. You will have a normal college experience like your peers, but when you graduate, you will not only earn a diploma, you will earn a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. 


In Army ROTC you will learn to become a leader—not just a person who gives orders but a person who leads by example. Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you're a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an Officer, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust to environments that are always changing. You'll be driven to achieve success with your team on every mission.

It's Not For Everyone - Just the Leaders of Tomorrow

The specific education you receive in Army ROTC will include leadership development, military skills and field training. Leader development will take place in both the classroom and in the field. What you learn through ROTC outcomes based learning and training will also be applicable to your entire college experience. As an ROTC Cadet, a typical semester will include one "Military Studies" class, physical fitness training three days a week (normally held in the mornings), two leadership labs and one Field Training Exercise (FTX), which will be over a weekend. In addition, ROTC also hosts several events throughout the academic year such as an Alumni Reception, a Formal Dinner, and an Awards Banquet. Cadets can participate in the Ranger Challenge Team which competes against 42 other Northeast Schools in a two day military sweepstakes event; and most Cadets will present the National Colors at a formal event or a UVM sporting event such as hockey, basketball, soccer, etc.

Skill Development

The specific skills you receive in the Army ROTC include leadership development, multi-cultural experiences as part of the ROTC Cultural Understanding & Leadership Program (CULP), which normally includes a trip to a foreign country, and military skills. The Army ROTC program consists of two phases: Basic Course and Advanced Course:

The Basic Course normally takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. At UVM, it involves one elective class with accompanying labs each semester. You will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership, as well as start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Course without a military commitment. There are also alternate entry options for non-traditionally aligned students. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information regarding entry into the program.

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. At UVM, the Advanced Course includes one elective class with accompanying labs each semester, plus a summer leadership 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 U.S. Army after you graduate.

Last modified October 16 2014 01:56 PM