LTC Chad Carlson
Students that have previosuly served in the Armed Forces and completed Basic Training are eligible to enter the ROTC Program anytime prior to the start of your Junior Year of college. Your previous military training allows you to skip the first one or two years of ROTC without going through any additional training or classes.
ROTC goes beyond textbook knowledge. Through classroom and hands-on training, it teaches you how to lead. How to organize and manage people and tasks. How to take command, and take charge. Once you complete the ROTC program, you’ll graduate from college as a commissioned second lieutenant. As such, you will have the same military opportunities as someone graduating from West Point or OCS.
Once commissioned, you’re enlisted time will count towards both longevity pay and retirement. Army ROTC is a good deal for anybody. It’s even better for veterans like you. You can apply what you’ve learned to new skills developed in ROTC. Put quite simply, Army ROTC is a college course that teaches you invaluable leadership and management skills. Skills that can help you rise above your peers in a military or professional career. And because it's a college elective course, ROTC won’t interfere with other college studies or activities.
ROTC is traditionally a four-year program which is divided into two parts: a Basic Course and an Advanced Course. The Basic Course is normally taken in your freshman and sophomore years. The Advanced Course, during the final two years of college, includes a paid four-week Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) that takes place during the summer between your junior and senior years.
In the ROTC Advanced Course, you’ll have the chance to further develop your leadership, organizational and management skills – all qualities essential to a future Army Officer. Your instruction will go beyond the classroom to help you gain practical experience. Experience that will serve you well in the military and in your civilian career.
At CLC, you’ll have the chance to put into practice the principles, theories and decision-making you learned in the classroom. You’ll plan and execute tactical missions, and you’ll shoulder a lot of responsibility as you are given the opportunity to serve in leadership positions. At the end of four weeks, you’ll leave CLC with increased confidence in your ability to serve as a leader.
What’s more, through the ROTC scholarship program you may be eligible to win a scholarship worth thousands of dollars or join the National Guard/Reserves through the Simultaneous Membership Program. At the same time, you continue to collect any VA benefits which you are entitled. Once commissioned, you’re enlisted time will count towards both longevity pay and retirement.
Army ROTC is a good deal for anybody. It’s even better for veterans like you. You can apply what you’ve learned to new skills developed in ROTC.