A Brief Overview of ROTC Opportunities
The Reserve Officers Training program, also known as ROTC is an excellent way for many young people to get started in their educational and professional careers. Essentially the military will pay for your education in exchange for a certain amount of military service. Some college students participate in the Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, or Navy ROTC /Marine ROTC as a way to launch a military career. Other students use the ROTC program as a stepping stone to a career, thankful of the help in paying for college and the work experience gained as a military officer. In other words, those who join ROTC are not required to spend their lives in the military, but can opt to complete their military obligation and then enter the civilian world. Here is a synopsis of how the ROTC works for each branch of service.
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps
- U.S. Army ROTC- The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps is also called AROTC. This is by far the largest ROTC program in terms of number of participants. A large percentage of the Army officer’s in the military will come from this program. A small percentage have studied at the West Point Academy, but most come up from the ROTC program. Direct commissions can account for some of the Army officers, too, especially for those involved in combat. Those who have just graduated from high school can get a full four year scholarship. Those who are already in college can enroll to cover the rest of their college expenses. You can also get a 2 year scholarship if that’s all you have left. You’ll need to be a U.S citizen with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent certification. You’ll need to be somewhere between the ages of seventeen and twenty seven. There are also an academic standard of 2.5 GPA in college, and a physical standard that’s outlined on the ROTC site. You have to agree to become a commissioned officer in either the active army or the army reserve.
Navy and Marines Reserve Officers Training Corps
- U.S. Navy/Marines ROTC- The NRTOC for Naval Reserve Officer Training is a program. This program is available for over 150 colleges, and it is similar to the AROTC program except instead of joining the Army you join the Navy or the Marine Corps. Graduates from the system have to become active duty officers. Beyond the NROTC you can also become a Naval Officer through the candidate school OCS, or the Merchant Maritime Academy, or Naval academy. These other programs all often require degrees. The NROTC is a way to get in at the ground floor. You need to get through at least eight years of active duty to fulfill your military duty. The Naval ROTC offers many different careers options.
Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps
- U.S. Air Force ROTC- The first Corps for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training group was set up in the 1920’s. MIT was one of the first but now there are more than 1,100 campuses that participate in the Air Force ROTC. If you want to become an Air Force officer you can start with this program for free training in exchange for a required time of service. There are a variety of programs including the Leadership Laboratory and the National Security Studies Program.