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ROTC FAQ

ROTCWhat is Army ROTC?
ROTC is an elective college course designed to train future Commissioned Officers in the United States Army. ROTC may be taken by any students during their freshman and sophomore years without any sort of military obligation. Following graduation from the Reserve Officer's Training Corp, cadets receive Commissions, making them Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

What is a Commissioned Officer?

Officers are the leaders and decision makers of the U.S. Army. Officers serve as planners and managers in all functions of the Army, and are the men and woman who take care of soldiers and give their orders. Becoming an officer is different from enlisting in the Army. Officers require college degrees and are held to a high professional standard.
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Is ROTC like boot camp?

No. Cadets attend college classes like other students, participate in varsity and intramural sports, are involved in clubs, and enjoy time with their friends.

What are the benefits of participating in Army ROTC?

The main benefit of joining ROTC is to become a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army - one of the most technologically advanced organizations in the world. ROTC students taking only the first two years without obligation benefit from the top-notch training the army has to offer. Students will learn communication skills, briefing skills, and interpersonal skills. They will also maintain a high degree of fitness and will have fun doing so.

Most officers fulfill their minimum obligation by serving 4 years of active duty and 4 years in a reserve component. A reserve component may be the Army Reserve, the National Guard, or the Individual Ready Reserve - a list only activated in cases of national distress.

Other officers choose to fulfill their entire service obligation in the Army Reserve or National Guard. Officers in this case have other civilian occupations and serve in the Army 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks a year.

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What would be my job in the Army?

Simply put, a leader. Once you've been Commissioned, you'll find plenty of opportunities as an Officer to apply what you've learned in college. Today's Army is more advanced than ever with the most advanced equipment and sophisticated computers. If you plan on majoring in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering, the Army may have opportunities for you in Aviation, the Corp of Engineers, Military Intelligence, Ordnance, or Signal Corps.

As a major in the physical sciences - biology, chemistry, and physics - you'll find a world of opportunities in the Army Chemical Corps, Military Police Corps, Ordnance, Quartermaster, or Medical Service Corps.

As a Lieutenant, you'll be making management decisions about budgets and administrative planning, directing daily operations of personnel and equipment. While your counterpart in private industry might just be enrolling in a management training course, you'll already be leading men and women on the job and adding to your leadership credentials.
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What scholarship opportunities are available to ROTC students?

Every year, ROTC awards scholarships to hundreds of students, regardless of their families' financial status. Based solely on merit, these scholarships pay full tuition and fees. Each scholarship also includes an annual book allowance and a generous monthly stipend.

Lehigh University ROTC scholarships are very competitive. Each year we look for outstanding high school candidates who demonstrate strong scholarship, athleticism, and leader criteria. Most have been highly involved in their high school with varsity sports and in their communities.


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How much time does ROTC take?

The time commitment for ROTC varies by your academic year.

Freshmen attend a one hour course per week and are encouraged to attend physical training three times a week.

Sophomores attend class two hours per week and are required to attend physical training.

Juniors and Seniors attend class three hours per week and are required to attend physical training three times a week. There is also one overnight trip per semester and one Saturday or Sunday per month that we use to put classroom knowledge into practical exercise.

Can I still have a social life?

ROTC is not a military academy. Outside of class and training, you are no different from any other college student. We encourage you to participate in extracurricular activities and clubs. Outside activities strengthen you as a person and make you a better Army leader.
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Do I have to wear a Uniform all the time?

Cadets are only required to wear their uniform to class and training activities.

Do I have to pay to take ROTC?

Everything you need for ROTC will be provided by the Army.