Do I have to Join the Army if I participate in ROTC?

No. Students participating in ROTC are not obligated to join the Army. Military Science courses are offered to all students and college credit is given much like other elective courses. 

Is ROTC like Boot Camp?

No. ROTC Cadets go directly to the university to earn their degrees.

What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?

Quite simply, leadership and management skills are needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career. 

What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, an ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, down a river in a raft, or up a mountain wall. The ROTC program is the only program of its kind that teaches leadership while making students practice it. 

What is the ROTC course comprised of?

The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course studies Army history, organization, and structure while focusing on the techniques and principles of leadership and management. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command. 

Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?

Yes. Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC scholarships. ROTC awards them to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors. 

What does the ROTC scholarship pay for and how much?

ROTC scholarships cover 100% of fees and tuition OR can be elected to pay for room and board. All scholarship recipients also receive $1200 per year for books and a monthly stipend. 

On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

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. 

How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instills. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When Cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned Officers in the U.S. Army. 

Can I reach out to a current UNL cadet for one-on-one questions about Cadet Life and anything else?

Yes, reach out to Mr. Justin Schmidt here and he will get you in touch with a current Cadet in the Army ROTC program. 

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