Army ROTC provides college-trained officers for the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. The Army ROTC program is offered at more than 600 colleges and universities throughout the nation. As the largest single source of Army officers, the ROTC program fulfills a vital role in providing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Army.
Though the Army is getting smaller it still needs thousands of new officers each year. The following ROTC's benefits remain intact: training, challenges, excitement, money, career preparation and post-college employment.
You must meet the following general eligibility requirements to receive an Army ROTC scholarship.
• Be a United States citizen.
• Be 17 years of age within the first semester of your freshman year, and must not reach your 31st birthday by 31 December of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive your commission.
• Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate before September of the year you will enter college. If you are taking or have taken college courses, you must be considered a beginning Freshman and have 4 academic years remaining for a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment in the fall of the year you will enter college.
• If you are in an accelerated program and will complete your senior year of high school and first year of college concurrently - you must have 4 academic years remaining in an approved baccalaureate degree program upon enrollment in the fall.
• If you are a college freshman in a documented five year program with 4 years remaining in fall, you must submit verification from your university that your course of study is a five year program and that you will have four full years remaining. Contact the Army Professor of Military Science (PMS) at your university for a copy of a planned academic program worksheet.
• Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction.
• Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
• Receive at least a minimum SAT score of 920 or an ACT composite score of 19.
• All scholarship applicants' physical ability must be assessed. We will request that your guidance counselor arrange for you to take the Army Physical Fitness Test. The required information will be sent directly to your high school.
If you are selected for a U.S. Army ROTC scholarship, you are required to:
• Sign a contract with the Secretary of the Army. If you are 17 years of age when you enroll, your parents or guardian must also sign this contract. If you are 18 or older, only your signature is required. This contract contains a requirement to repay the United states Government for all financial assistance received if, after you begin your sophomore year, you fail to comply with the terms of the contract. This repayment may be monetary or in the form of enlisted service. The choice rests with the Army and not the scholarship cadet.
• Enlist in the U.S. Army Reserve for a period of 8 years. You must be 17 years of age in order to sign an enlistment contract.
• Pursue the academic discipline (if applicable) identified in the letter that notifies you of your selection as a scholarship recipient. If you have indicated engineering, you must attend the accredited engineering school listed in your announcement letter. As a nurse scholarship recipient, you must attend the Designated Nursing Education School named in your announcement letter.
• Accept a commission to serve on active duty or reserve duty (Army Reserve, or Army National Guard) upon completion of the required academic and ROTC courses.
• Serve in the military for a period of 8 years. This may be fulfilled by:
- Serving on active duty, if selected, for 4 years followed by service in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or United States Army Reserve (USAR) or the inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for the remainder of the 8 year obligation.
- Serving 8 years in an ARNG or USAR Troop Program Unit which includes a 3 to 6 month active duty period for initial training.
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