Parents Frequently Asked Questions
Once my young adult starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?
Young adults must serve as Officers in the Army after graduation if they received an ROTC scholarship, OR if they have enrolled in the ROTC Advanced Course. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does not obligate someone to serve unless they have also received a scholarship.
What kinds of scholarships are available in Army ROTC? Are any scholarships retroactive?
Army ROTC scholarships vary based on the length of time remaining for students to complete their degrees. There are two-, three-, and four-year scholarships, which pay for tuition and fees. Scholarships also include annual book allowances and a monthly stipend. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.
What is my young adult's Army service obligationfor receiving scholarship benefits, or for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Course?
Scholarship winners must serve for four years; non-scholarship students who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve for three years.
What good is Army ROTC for a career outside of the Army?
Army ROTC is one of the only college courses that teach leadership. ROTC training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing,motivating people or fostering teamwork. Young Army Officers are typically responsible for hundreds of Soldiers and millions of dollars of equipment; this kind of management experience can be very attractive to post-Army employers.
Why should my young adult choose Army ROTC over a different ROTC?
The Army offers a wider range of career opportunities, in more countries around the world, then any other military branch.
Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?
Army ROTC Cadets are allowed to major in nearly all academic disciplines.
What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help my young adult? Will ROTC classes interfere with his/her other studies?
Army ROTC classes normally involve one elective class and a lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on training as well as classroom work, they are standard college courses that fit into a normal academic schedule. These courses help students with personal and academic decision making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in life, even before graduating and becoming Officers.
How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my young adult's daily activities?
Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college student. But there are two intensive Army ROTC courses that take place on Army posts, usually during the summer:
Leader's Training Course--this four-week summer course at Ft Knox KY is ONLY for students who enroll in Army ROTC going into their junior year, without having taken the first two years of military science.
Leader Development and Assessment Course--all cadets who enroll in the Advanced Course must attend this four-week summer course at Ft Lewis WA between their junior and senior years.
What are the chances that my young adult will be deployed to support the Global War on Terrorism?
It depends on the Army branch the Cadet chooses and the unit that he/she is assigned. However, Army missions and challenges are always changing, so there's no way to know in advance what specialties and units will be needed and where they will be needed. All Soldiers in the Army or Army Reserves recognize the possibility of deploymentat some point during their careers. We are a Nation at war and it is very possible that they will be deployed during their initial tour or duty.
Can my young adult go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?
Yes. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserves or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What careers are available?
Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants (2LT). They then receive specialized training in one of 17 different Army career branches. During their Army careers, they'll receive regular professional training as they advance through the ranks and they'll have many opportunities for advanced leadership positions and post-graduate education.
What kind of salary and benefits will my young adult earn as a commissioned Army Officer?
- Full medical and dental coverage for self and dependents
- Free on-post housing
- Travel pay
- Inexpensive and tax-free shopping
- The opportunity for early retirement
- Inexpensive life insurance for dependents
- The opportunity to attend graduate school
- Active duty Second Lieutenants earn approximately $46,000 annually
- Within three years, active duty First Lieutenants earn approximately $54,210 annually.
- Second Lieutenants in the Reserve or National Guard earn approximately $5,000 annually working one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Reserve officers can easily quadruple their annual earnings as they progress in rank.
- All Army Officers are eligible to receive special pay for flying, parachuting, relocating, hazardous duty, etc.
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