What is ROTC?
ROTC stands for Reserve Officers' Training Corps, and is an elective program for training commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces. ROTC is offered by many, but not all schools. It combines military education with college study leading to the bachelor's degree. Because it is in elective, a student can take ROTC during their freshman or sophomore years without any commitment to joining the military. While the program is intended for US Army training alone, many ROTC graduates can go on to serve in any branch of the military, under any specialization. For students who commit themselves to future military service, there is usually an offer of financial aid to help pay tuition. Participating in ROTC means you are able to join the military as an officer, rather than a recruit.
See more about The US Army's ROTC programs from GoArmy.com
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Updated February 2014