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Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC: An Introduction and FAQ

You can have the best of two worlds, civilian and military, and receive a college experience unlike any other.

If you're interested in attending college while learning what it takes to become an Army Officer, ROTC is right for you. In addition to teaching you valuable leadership skills, military training, and discipline, ROTC can also provide you with money for tuition and other expenses through scholarships.

Who is eligible for ROTC?

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Captain Troy C. ShoemakerIf you are interested in learning more about the ROTC program, please contact:

Captain Troy C. Shoemaker
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Skyhawk BN / Union Detachment
Cell: 573-433-1819
Office: 731-881-7154

Alternate Contact:
Anton L. Pillow

Recruiting Operations Officer
ROTC, Dept. of Military Science and Leadership
University of Tennessee at Martin
Cell: 315-200-4622
Office: 731-881-7682


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

A: No, Students who enroll in ROTC are not required to join the Army.

Q: Is ROTC like "Boot Camp"?

A: No, ROTC Cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.

Q: What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?

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

Q: How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

A: In college, and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that 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 emphasize. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. If the cadet successfully completes the ROTC program, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

Q: What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

A: Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "Live-Action practical experience situations. For instance, an ROTC Cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training or other situational training exercises.

Q: What is the ROTC course comprised of?

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

Q: Who is eligible for ROTC?

A: There are opportunities for freshmen through juniors. The complete program works best with incoming freshmen students or students just finishing their freshman year. All majors are welcome to apply.

Q: Are ROTC courses offered on campus?

A: Yes, all of the following Army ROTC courses will be offered on Union University's campus. Fall 2014 | Winter 2015 | Spring 2015.

Q: How does ROTC fit into my weekly schedule?

A: Students, please see the schedules in the previous question. Each cadet is required to attend an ROTC lab which will take place on Thursdays from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Physical fitness training will occur Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Okay, I've got a few questions about the scholarships…

Q: Does Army ROTC offer scholarship?

A: Yes. Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive Army ROTC scholarships. ROTC awards them to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors.

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

A: Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels, and usually go towards a student's tuition and fees.

Q: On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

A: ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.

Q: Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?

A: 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.

Q: How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

A: Once cadets are on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships become available.

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