Q. By enrolling in JROTC, are you joining the Army?
A. No. Students who enroll in JROTC don't join the Army. They take a JROTC or Leadership class for which they receive credit.
Q. Is JROTC or Leadership like "boot camp"?
Q. What can students expect to learn by taking JROTC or Leadership?
A. Quite simply, leadership and management skills
Q. What makes JROTC and Leadership different from other classes?
A. Students in JROTC and Leadership learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, a JROTC cadet might be found leading classmates in and outside the classroom.
Q. Does ROTC offer scholarships?
A. Yes. Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive 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. At some schools an ROTC scholarship is worth up to $80,000, which goes towards tuition and educational fees. Also, scholarship winners receive an allowance of up to $1,500 a year.
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 not cost to you.
Q. How often are ROTC scholarships awarded?
A. Scholarships are awarded once a year. Students apply by November 15 and selections are made continuously thru May 15. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between March 1 and November 1. Also, once cadets are on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships become available.
Q. How do students benefit from ROTC?
A. In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing a military or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC and Leadership instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume.
"The order, the self-discipline, the pride that had been instilled in me by ROTC was a tremendous companion to my basic liberal arts education and prepared me well for my Army career, or for that matter, any career I might have chosen."
GEN (Ret) Colin Powell
Former Chairman, The Joint Chiefs of Staff