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While the ROTC program can be a major factor in helping you survive the ever-rising cost of a college career, it also offers so much more to our sons and daughters. Though not for everyone, it can be a viable option for many students.
ROTC IS NOW AN ELECTIVE AT MORE THAN ELEVEN HUNDRED COLLEGES
ROTC is an elective in more than 1100 colleges and universities across America Your choice of branch of service (Army, Navy and Marine, Air force and Coast Guard), determines the college you will go to because each college has different branches to offer their students.
ROTC PREPARES YOUR STUDENT FOR REAL WORLD LEADERSHIP
Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. The program will consist of field training as well as rigorous classroom coursework. One day each week ROTC students wear a uniform and 3 days per week they will take classes which also include military strategies and American military affairs. A two summer leadership training course at Ft. Knox is also required.
YOUR STUDENT DOES NOT HAVE TO MAKE A FINAL DECISION UNTIL THEIR JUNIOR YEAR IN COLLEGE
ROTC candidates do not have to declare their intentions to join the military or complete the program until their junior year so they will have time to make a quality decision regarding entering the service. Upon completion of the 4-year program and graduation from college, the graduates will be commissioned officers in a branch of the United States Military and begin their tour of duty.
WHY CONSIDER THE U.S. ARMY?
Each branch of service has different entrance requirements. I suggest starting with the Army because it offers the most college locations, as well as, the most career choices. However, whichever branch is chosen, it is important to remember that in exchange for the costs of college being paid for by the military, an ROTC graduate must serve 5 to 8 years in the military to complete his obligation. Those years may consist of active and reserve duty depending on the branch of service.