Q. By enrolling in Army ROTC, are you joining the Army?
A. No. Students who enroll in Army ROTC don’t join the Army. They take an Army ROTC class for which they receive college credit, and is considered a college elective.

Q. What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?
A. Leadership and management skills required to become a U.S. Army officer or for a successful civilian career.

Q. Is ROTC like “boot camp?”
A. No. Army ROTC cadets attend college and pursue their academic degree in conjunction with their ROTC classes. They are students first, cadets second.

Q. What is the ROTC Course comprised of?
A. The ROTC program is divided into two levels: The Basic Course (MS 1 level & MS 2 level) and the Advanced Course (MS 3 level & MS 4 level). Basic Course focuses on Army history, organization and structure. The Advanced Course focuses on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as, advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command. Principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout both levels.

Q. Is there a military obligation during college?
A. Enrollment into the basic course (FR & SO students) does not require ROTC contractual obligation. Students meeting criteria may contract with or without scholarships during their Freshman and/or Sophomore year. Advanced course students must be contracted or close to contracting (requires PMS approval to enroll in advanced course).

Q. Does ROTC offer Scholarships?
A. Yes. Troy Army ROTC awards them to students pursuing a major in any degree field. No specific majors are required, but STEM majors allow cadets to be more competitive. STEM majors include science, technology, engineer, and mathematics degrees.

Q. On what basis are scholarship winners selected?
A. ROTC scholarships are awarded on merit and not based on financial need. Candidate must meet a variety of qualifications based on physical fitness, academics, GPA, and extracurricular activities. The Army is looking for well-rounded Officers and considers numerous factors when selecting winners.

Q. Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
A. No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC and participate in the program regardless of whether you are a scholarship winner or not. All ROTC instruction books and equipment are provided by the program.

Q. How do I apply for a scholarship from ROTC?
A. If you are currently a high school senior or will be the following year, you can apply for a 4-year national scholarship at upon starting your Senior year of high school. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is normally around 28 February. You may also contact our Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) at to guide you in the right direction on what steps you need to take. If the deadline has passed for the national scholarship, you can pursue a campus based scholarship at Troy once you enroll in ROTC class and lab. Contact the ROO to schedule an appointment to discuss this option.

Q. How do students benefit from ROTC?
A. Cadets find that the training and experience they received are assets – whether pursuing an Army or Civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume! Upon graduation and completing the ROTC course, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

Q. How do I join Troy Army ROTC?
A. When you register for classes, register for the appropriate Military Science course and Leadership Lab. A list of those courses can be found at Please contact the Department Secretary to confirm you are enrolling in the appropriate class and lab.