College of Arts & Sciences Military Science

FAQs

  1. Who is Eligible?
  2. What different jobs/occupations does an Army Officer have?
  3. Do I have to go to war?
  4. How much time is ROTC going to take?
  5. How much money does ROTC give?
  6. Is ROTC solely PT?
  7. What is Advanced Camp, and when do I have to go?
  8. What are the benefits of being in the Army?
  9. How formal is ROTC, is it basic training?
  10. Am I obligated to serve in the Army?
  11. What type of physical health must I be in?
  12. What are the classes like?
  13. Do I need prior knowledge?
  14. Do I need to enlist in the Guard and Reserve?
  15. How is ROTC different from enlisting?
  16. What can disqualify me from contracting ROTC?
  17. What are the posts/bases that I can be stationed at?
  18. Is there an age requirement?
Who is Eligible?
Anyone is eligible to take the freshman and sophomore ROTC classes. However, in order to take advanced ROTC the student must be contracted. Contracting requires American citizenship, a medical physical, GPA > 2.5 and no civil convictions (i.e., DUI).

What different jobs/occupations does an Army Officer have?
There are 16 basic branches that an officer can work in. These branches range from Infantry to Adjunct General. Please see our branch site.

Do I have to go to war?
No, cadets do not have to go to war. Even if soldiers are on active duty, the chances of going to war depend on what branch you are in. For example, if a soldier is branched Adjunct General, the chances are less than a soldier branched military.

How much time is ROTC going to take?
ROTC is a college class, meets during the day and is taught in the same manner as a regular college class. Once contracted students are required to attend weekend labs on Saturday. PT is also mandatory for contracted students, and that schedule is up to the student's instructor.

How much money does ROTC give?
ROTC has the possibility to award scholarships that pay tuition/fees, $600 for books and up to $400 pocket money. ROTC also has endowments that can be given to students.

Is ROTC solely PT?
No, ROTC is not solely PT. ROTC are leadership courses that teach leadership skills used in military and civilian corporations. ROTC also teaches basic soldiering skills such as drill and ceremony, rifle marksmanship and squad tactics, in addition to the leadership skills.

What is Advanced Camp, and when do I have to go?
Advanced Camp is now National Advanced Leadership Course (NALC). NALC is a camp that students attend at Ft. Lewis, WA between junior and senior years. This camp is an evaluation of the material learned at ROTC and is a camp attended by all ROTC schools.

What are the benefits of being in the Army?
The Army pays for all medical/dental coverage for active-duty personnel. There is no co-pay, premiums, for standard procedures.

How formal is ROTC, is it basic training?
No, ROTC is not at all like basic training. It is a college class that teaches leadership and allows college students to have a taste of the military. The advanced classes have more training (see #6). Overall, you are a college student first, cadet second.

Am I obligated to serve in the Army?
Students in the freshman and sophomore classes do not have to serve. Once the student contracts, a four-year active duty requirement is required. If ROTC is paying the student, an obligation is required. If there is no pay then there is no obligation.

What type of physical health must I be in?
There is no physical requirement for students that take the freshman and sophomore level classes. When a student contracts, he/she must meet the Army's PT standards and the height and weight standards.

What are the classes like?
The classes are just like any other class at USD. The classes teach leadership values, techniques and methods. The classes also teach basic soldiering skills, such as drill and ceremony and land navigation.

Do I need prior knowledge?
No, students do not need any prior knowledge for ROTC.

Do I need to enlist in the Guard and Reserve?
No, students do not need to enlist to attend ROTC. 75% of all officers receive their commission in the ROTC program.

How is ROTC different from enlisting?
When you enlist in the United States Army, your rank is Private. When you graduate in a ROTC program, your rank is a second lieutenant. A second lieutenant controls and maintains up to 30 soldiers and various high-cost equipment.

What can disqualify me from contracting ROTC?
Civil convictions, medical disqualification and academic disqualifications are main limiting factors in contracting. DUI's, a GPA under 2.0 and severe medical conditions cannot be waived. Other problems should be brought up to an instructor so it can be waived.

What are the posts/bases that I can be stationed at?
Active duty personnel have the opportunity to be stationed all over the United States. They also have the opportunity to serve overseas.

Is there an age requirement?
Yes, there is. You must be graduated by your 30th birthday; however, there is a maximum three-year extension for serving on active duty (i.e., if you are a soldier active for three years, then you have until your 33rd birthday).