1. By enrolling in Army ROTC, are you joining the Army?
  2. Is ROTC like "boot camp?"
  3. What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?
  4. What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?
  5. Is there a military obligation during college?
  6. What is the ROTC course comprised of?
  7. Does ROTC offer scholarships?
  8. How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?
  9. On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?
  10. Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?
  11. How often are ROTC scholarships awarded?
  12. How do students benefit from ROTC?
  13. How do I apply for a scholarship from ROTC?
  14. How do I join USD Army ROTC?
  15. What extracurricular opportunities does USD Army ROTC offer?
  16. What summer training opportunities does ROTC offer?
  17. What are my career field choices in the Army when I commission?
  18. I want to apply for a Green-to-Gold scholarship at USD. What steps do I need to take?

By enrolling in Army ROTC, are you joining the Army?

No. Students who enroll in Army ROTC don’t join the Army. They take an Army ROTC class for free which they receive college credit. It’s considered a college elective.

Is ROTC like “boot camp?”

No. Army ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree. They are students first, Cadets second.

What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?

Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army Officer or to have a successful civilian career.

What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and “live” situations. For instance, an ROTC Cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, rucking on a road march or up a mountain wall.

Is there a military obligation during college?

During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation. The end of your sophomore year, and before the beginning of your junior year, is when you need to make the decision as to whether becoming an Army Officer is right for you.

What is the ROTC course comprised of?

The ROTC program is divided into phases. The Basic Course studies Army history, organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are emphasized during all courses. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership and command.

Does ROTC offer scholarships?

Yes. USD Army ROTC awards them to students pursuing a major in any degree field and to those students enrolled in one of our partner schools. No specific majors are required. For a list of the USD partnership schools please contact the Army ROTC department at 605-677-6059.

How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?

Scholarships are four, three and two-year awards. They cover either tuition and fees or $10,000 a year for room and board. You can combine this scholarship with other scholarships you have earned. Contracted Cadets receive a $600 per semester book stipend and a monthly stipend for $300, $350, $400 and $450 depending on your academic year. South Dakota National Guard members receive 50 percent off state tuition.

On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they are awarded on merit. You must meet all of the qualifications based on physical fitness, academics, GPA and extracurricular activities. The Army is looking for the next generation of well-rounded Officers and considers numerous factors when selecting winners.

Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?

No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC and regardless of whether you’re a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC books, supplies and equipment are furnished at no cost to you. The class is tuition-free and you still get one college credit.

How often are ROTC scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded throughout the year to qualified students. High School students generally receive their scholarship during their senior year. Green to Gold Scholarships are awarded twice a year. Nursing, Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty, and campus based two-year, three-year and four-year scholarships are awarded continuously throughout the school year and summer to qualified applicants.

How do students benefit from ROTC?

In college and after graduation, Cadets find the training and experience they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors provide. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When Cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned Officers in the U.S. Army.

How do I apply for a scholarship from ROTC?

If you would like a campus based scholarship please contact the Scholarship and Admissions Officer, Sam Otto, by calling (605) 677-6059 or by email at rotc@usd.edu. If you are applying for a four-year national scholarship apply here

How do I join USD Army ROTC?

When you register for classes, register for the appropriate Military Science course along with the Leadership Lab. A list of these courses can be found in the course catalog and they are described in further detail on this website’s courses page.

What extracurricular opportunities does USD Army ROTC offer?

There are numerous extracurricular activities during the school year such as the Ranger Challenge Team, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, Bataan Death March, Intramural Sports, Color Guard, Cadet Socials and Net Pullers for football games.

What summer training opportunities does ROTC offer?

During the summer break, Cadets can take part in Airborne School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare, Northern Warfare, Leadership Training Course, Warrior Forge, Cadet Troop Leadership Training, Critical Language Training, Cultural and Understanding Language Proficiency and the Nursing Student Training Program.

What are my career field choices in the Army when I commission?

You can join a variety of career fields to include Aviation, Armor, Adjutant General, Chemical, Infantry, Ordnance, Signal, Quartermaster, Transportation, Medical Service, Military Police, Nursing, Finance, Military Intelligence, Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, and the Engineer Corps. You have the option of going active duty Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve.

I want to apply for a Green-to-Gold scholarship at USD. What steps do I need to take?

The most important thing that you need to do is get accepted into a four-year Bachelor’s Program at a university with a partnership with USD Army ROTC. After you are accepted into to one of these universities, you need to inform your chain of command, submit your Green-to-Gold Packet and contact USD Army ROTC.