Frequently Asked Questions

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.

 Leadership and management skills required to become a U.S. Army officer or for a successful civilian career.


 No. Army ROTC cadets attend college and pursue their academic degree in conjunction with their ROTC classes. They are students first, cadets second.

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.


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).


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


The Army offers a wider range of career opportunities, in more places around the world, than any other U.S. military branch.
Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants. They then receive specialized training in one of 17 different Army branches. During their Army careers, they’ll receive regular professional training as they advance through the ranks, and they’ll have many opportunities for advanced leadership positions and post-graduate education.
Visit the Benefits section of the website for complete details. Specifically, the Money sub-section provides details on pay for both Officers and Enlisted Soldiers.
A. When you register for classes, register for the appropriate Military Science course and Leadership Lab. A list of those courses can be found here. Please contact the Department Secretary to confirm you are enrolling in the appropriate class and lab.
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