Reserve Officer Training Corps Program Overview (Excerpt from www.military.com)
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps is the best opportunity for you to get invaluable experience while you earn a college degree. When enrolled in ROTC you learn and develop leadership skills and prepare for a career as an officer in the U.S. Military. You will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as a military officer.
The real value of ROTC for you is a world-class leadership training and experience comparable to the best MBA's or corporate management programs in the US. Beyond your college being paid for many colleges also include room and board, living allowances, and books. A job lined up after college in also nice as an officer, a leader of the military.
ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, ROTC can pay for your college tuition, too. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will have the opportunity to serve as a leader in either the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps.
Being an Officer means you're a leader, a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an officer, you will lead others in all situations and adjust in environments that are always changing. Officers are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.
Through ROTC you can start a military career in Health Care, Aviation, Finance, Engineering, Chemistry, Law Enforcement, and Transportation, just to name a few. Additionally each of the armed forces has their own ROTC programs. That means that you can choose the service and career path that appeals to you.
If you are interested in learning more about your opportunities in ROTC and compare each services programs check out the following links:
Army ROTC Program & Scholarship Information
Navy and Marine Corps ROTC Topics
Air Force ROTC Topics
Notes for students considering applying for ROTC Programs:
Students interested in applying for any of the ROTC programs should start the process early. During their Junior year, students should begin planning to take their SAT or ACT tests. Completing at least one of these tests prior to the summer between Junior and Senior years will satisfy at least one of the application requirements. Students can still retake the tests and submit their subsequent scores.
The ROTC programs are competitive. To have the best opportunity to be competitive for these scholarships, applications should be completed and into the scholarship coordinators office for the respective scholarships before the start of your senior year. These scholarships are evaluated by boards periodically throughout the year. The first board of review for most of them (Navy, Army, and Air Force) generally takes place in August. The first board of review for the NROTC Marine Option scholarship is in November. In order to have the best chance of receiving a scholarship and to get your application before the most boards, having the application completed before the first board meets is the best course of action.