General FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

So how do I get started in the OU Army ROTC program?

Incoming ROTC students will first start by getting accepted to the University of Oklahoma.  Once you have been accepted, all that you have to do is enroll in the Military Science 1 class (Fall or Spring) and the Leadership Lab 1 class (Fall or Spring).    We will provide all uniforms, books and equipment needed to successfully complete the course.  Once you are in the program as an enrolled student, we can then explore scholarship and other opportunities to help you become an Army officer.  2 year and 3 year scholarships do become available for currently enrolled students.  Contact the enrollment officer for more information.

By enrolling in ROTC am I joining the Army?

No. Students who enroll in ROTC do not join the Army. They simply take an Army ROTC class for which they receive college credit. It’s considered an elective course of study. Students who are enrolled in the Army ROTC curriculum are also called Cadets.

Is ROTC like “boot camp” or Basic Training?

No. You’ll focus on your academic degree at OU. Along the way you’ll complete a series of Army ROTC courses, should you decide to continue with our program. You won’t attend “Boot Camp”.

Can Graduate Level students enroll in Army ROTC?

Yes, Graduate Level students can enroll in Army ROTC. The University of  Oklahoma’s Army ROTC program has had students seeking both Master’s Degrees and their Bachelor’s degrees successfully complete the program. Additionally, the Army ROTC program actively seeks students pursuing critical skill areas such as doctors, pharmacy, chaplains, and attorneys.

How much time does Army ROTC take each week?

ROTC Cadets spend their time like typical college students. All that is required is a few hours a week for class, physical training, and leadership lab.

How can Army ROTC help me as I adjust to college Life?

You will immediately become part of an organization, team, and another type of family. You’ll meet many students and make lasting friendships. You’ll get to know other OU students who have similar academic interests. The Sooner Battalion can assist you in many ways as you complete your adjustment to the university.

What can I expect to learn by taking Army ROTC classes?

You’ll learn basic military skills such as land navigation, first aid, rifle marksmanship, small unit tactics, and rappelling. You’ll learn about military history, organization, and structure. You’ll develop skills in communication, decision making, problem solving, and leadership.

What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and “hands on” training. We will challenge you to tackle and solve various tasks and situations. You’ll develop skills and self confidence.

Is there a military obligation during college?

During the first two years, prior to completing a contract, ROTC Cadets have no military obligation. Students who enter the Army ROTC Advanced course do incur a service obligation following graduation.

What is the ROTC curriculum comprised of?

The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course focuses on Army history, organization, and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout along with an emphasis on basic military skills. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command. You’ll learn a great deal. You’ll be well prepared to become an Army Officer, a leader, and a member of a team should you chose to complete the curriculum.

Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?

Yes. Each year thousands of students attending colleges nationwide receive scholarships. Army ROTC awards scholarships to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors. These are substantial financial scholarships. In some cases, Army ROTC scholarships provide complete financial coverage. All scholarships include full tuition as well as a monthly stipend and an allowance for books and supplies.

On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

ROTC scholarships are based on merit, not financial need. Merit is measured by academic achievement, extracurricular activities (i.e. sports, student government, or part-time work), and military officer potential. Medical qualification is also a requirement.

Can only scholarship winners enroll in Army ROTC?

Virtually any OU student can enroll in ROTC Basic course classes. Most of our Cadets are not scholarship recipients. All advanced course Cadets receive some level of financial support.

How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

In college and after graduation, Cadets find that the training and experience they receive are assets; whether pursuing an Military or civilian career. Employers place high value on the management and leadership skills stressed by ROTC instructors. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. Upon completion of the ROTC course, and graduation, our Cadets are commissioned as Officers in the U.S. Army.

So what happens after I graduate from college and the ROTC program?

You begin your service as an Army Officer. You’ll serve for a limited time either on Active Duty (full time) or in the Army Reserve or National Guard (part time). You’ll have the opportunity to lead other Soldiers while earning an attractive salary with generous benefits. You’ll grow professionally and personally while serving your country.

What type of career opportunities are available?

The Army is a large and complex organization. There are opportunities for Officers with varied skills and interests. Among the areas of assignment are:

- Engineering
- Communications
- Logistics
- Aviation
- Intelligence
- Finance
- Medical/Nursing
- Legal
- Various Combat Branches
- and many more…

Can I take an Army ROTC course as an elective, without having to serve in the military?

Yes. We encourage students that are interested in learning about Army ROTC to enroll in our Freshmen and Sophomore Military Science courses. Both courses are open to all students and classes are offered with no military service obligations.

What is the 2-year Army ROTC Program?

Army ROTC offers an accelerated path towards becoming an Army Officer. You may apply for this option if you have completed studies at a junior college; have completed a military basic training; you are a high school student planning to attend a military junior college; or you are entering your junior year of college.

Will I get deployed overseas while enrolled in Army ROTC?

If you have signed a contract with Army ROTC then the answer is no. All students that have signed a contract with Army ROTC are not eligible for deployment overseas. This includes Army National Guard and Army Reserve service members as well.

How can Army ROTC pay for college?

There are various incentives for contracted Army ROTC students, such as full-tuition, merit based scholarships, monthly stipends, Montgomery GI Bill, Student Loan Repayment Program, and other financial assistance.

Can I join the Army National Guard or Army Reserves and enroll In Army ROTC at the same time?

Yes. In fact, a large percentage of our cadets are also members of either the Army National Guard or Army Reserves.

What type of degree should I pursue if I was Interested in Army ROTC?

Although Army ROTC does not require a specific degree of study, each student must be pursuing a degree of study that is certified by the University of Oklahoma.

Do I have to be physically fit to Join the Army ROTC?

Yes. However Army ROTC offers a physical fitness program that is designed to enhance each student’s level of fitness to meet Army Fitness standards.  Physical training is required one day per week for students even if they are just participating or trying the program out.

Can a student participate in other campus organizations while enrolled in Army ROTC?

Yes. Most of our cadets are active members in various campus organizations.

Do I have to pay for the military uniforms that Army ROTC cadets wear during labs and classes?

No, each student enrolled in Army ROTC will be given a set of Army uniforms, all necessary books and equipment for use throughout the course.

Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?

Enrolling in Army ROTC is not, strictly speaking, “joining the Army.” You will not be sent to “boot camp.” However, the primary purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce its Officers, so young adults must agree to serve as Officers in the Army after graduation in order to go through the entire program, or if they have received an ROTC scholarship. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate someone to serve unless they have also received a scholarship.

What kinds of scholarships are available in Army ROTC? Are any of the scholarships retroactive?

Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships, which pay full and fees, include a separate allowance for books and a monthly stipend of up to $5,000 a year. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.

What is my Army service obligation to pay back any scholarship benefits, or for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Course?

Scholarship winners must serve for four years; non-scholarship Cadets who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve for three years. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. 

What good is Army ROTC for a career outside of the Army?

Army ROTC is one of the only college programs that teaches leadership. This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing and motivating people or fostering teamwork. Young Army Officers are typically responsible for hundreds of Soldiers and millions of dollars in equipment; this kind of management experience can be very attractive for post-Army employers.

Why should I choose Army ROTC over a different branch’s ROTC?

The Army offers a wider range of career opportunities, in more places around the world, than any other U.S. military branch.

How do I learn more about the Army?

Starting by exploring the Army experience by visit the U.S. Army official Army ROTC webpage at www.armyrotc.com

Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?

Army ROTC Cadets are allowed to major in nearly all academic areas.

What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help me? Will ROTC classes interfere with my other studies?

Army ROTC classes normally involve one elective class and one lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life, even before graduating and becoming Officers. For more details, see Curriculum.

How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my daily life? Do Cadets experience normal college life and activities?

Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college students. They join fraternities and sororities. They participate in varsity team and individual sports. They take part in community service projects. But there are two intensive Army ROTC courses that take place on Army Posts, usually during the summer:

  • Leaders Training Course (LTC):   This four-week summer course at Fort Knox, KY is ONLY for students who enroll in Army ROTC without having taken the first two years of military science classes.
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC):  All Cadets who enter the Advanced Course must attend this five-week summer course at Fort Knox, KY between their junior and senior years.

What are the chances that I will be deployed to support the Global War on Terrorism?

It depends on the Army branch the Cadet chooses and the unit to which he/she is assigned. However, Army missions and challenges are always changing, so there’s no way to know in advance which specialties and units will be needed where. All Soldiers in the Army or Army Reserve face the possibility of deployment at some point during their careers. But all Soldiers are fully trained and proficient in the tasks and drills of their units. And Officers are specifically trained to make the right decisions so that missions can be carried out safely and successfully.

Can I go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?

Yes. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. For more details, see: Active Duty & Army Reserve or the Army National Guard website.

What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What career fields are available?

Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants. They then receive specialized training in one of 17 different Army branches. During their Army careers, they’ll receive regular professional training as they advance through the ranks, and they’ll have many opportunities for advanced leadership positions and post-graduate education.

Where can I go to get more information about Army ROTC?

Contact the Enrollment Officer at (405) 325-3012.  We are located at the OU Armory on campus. You can also visit the Official Army ROTC webpage at www.armyrotc.com.