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Army ROTC teaches you to lead

Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and can be part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, you will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and how to conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the rank of a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.  You can serve part-time in the Reserve Component or full-time on Active Duty based on your desires, qualifications, and career goals.

Leadership training that lasts a lifetime

Army 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 the great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for many of your college expenses. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be an Officer in the United States Army.

What it means to be an Army Officer

Leadership is basically the functions planning, delegating and checking the work of your subordinates individually and unit collectively.  These three leadership skills are the nexus of the 17 attributes that are taught and evaluated through our leadership development curriculum.  Being an US Army Officer means you're a leader, a planner, a decision-maker, a counselor, a strategist and a motivator.  It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation or non-profit organization.  As an Officer, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust in environments that are always changing.  They are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission and lead by example.

Army ROTC benefits

Army ROTC is one of the Nation's top leadership programs, with many financial benefits while earning your college degree. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Earn financial assistance with an Army ROTC scholarship
  • Gain leadership experience you can't find anywhere else
  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers
  • Build a strong proven resume with leadership experience
  • Train to become a leader and manager

It's not for everyone, just the leaders

The specific training you receive in Army ROTC will teach you how to think, not what to think. Specifically, how to plan, time management, delegation, check the work of others to standard, how to think on your feet, improve your self-confidence and interpersonal skills. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will maintain a normal academic schedule like all college students. What is the best part about this leadership development training? You will use and benefit from it for years to come. Here is a sample of the Army ROTC curriculum and courses you will experience.

The basic course - two years that will prepare you for years to come

The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class and/or leadership lab each semester. You will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership and start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

Freshman Year: Preparing for success as an army officer

  • Introduction to Army Leadership
  • Army Customs and Traditions
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Goal Setting and Accomplishment
  • Health and Physical Fitness

Sophomore Year: The role of an officer

  • Applied Leadership Theory
  • Communications
  • Principles of War
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Health and Physical Fitness

The advanced course - graduate from college with a degree in leadership

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and/or lab each semester, plus a summer 33 day leadership experience called the Cadet Leaders Course (CLC). You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. To benefit from leadership training in the Advanced Course, all cadets must have  attended the Cadet Initial Entry Training (C.I.E.T), a 28 day introductory course at Fort Knox, KY which students are required to attend sometime during the Basic Course phase of ROTC. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.  Military Basic Training can be used as a substitute for the AROTC Basic Course and C.I.E.T (Freshman and Sophomore years).

Here are just some of the course topics we offer during the school year:

Junior Year: Leading small tactical units

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Laws of War
  • Weapons and marksmanship training
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Military Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures

Senior Year: Transition to becoming an officer

  • Training the Force
  • Military Justice
  • Military History Course
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Personnel and Logistics Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Military Historical Staff Ride and Battle Field Analysis

Officer career fields - there are many paths you can take

Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in any competitive environment. The leadership training and experiences that students have in the Army ROTC will provide them with a foundation to become a commissioned Army Officer upon graduation.

Upon completion of the Army ROTC program, graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army and will embark on a Basic Officer Leadership Course (specialized Officer Branch Course training in their first Officer Career Field or branch) before their first duty assignment.  Depending on the Career Field and assignment, additional training courses may be attended (e.g. Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, etc).

Army ROTC also provides a gateway to nursing students to pursue a career in the Army Nurse Corps.  Upon completion of Officer Branch Course and their first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and post-graduate education opportunities. They will be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, they may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as military advisors to governmental agencies or other countries.

Army ROTC scholarships

As a full-time Wright State University student, Army ROTC has outstanding scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need. Army ROTC scholarships are valuable in many ways:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition and fees or room and board Scholarships
  • Additional tax-free monthly allowance, a generous yearly book allowance
  • WSU room and board incentives for our best Cadets are available, i.e. merit based

Living expenses

Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:

  • 1st year/Freshmen: $300 per month
  • 2nd year/Sophomore: $350 per month
  • 3rd year/Junior: $450 per month
  • 4th year/Senior: $500 per month

This allowance and WSU room and board incentive awards are also available to all qualified scholarship Cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advance Course (your 3rd and 4th year of college).

For more information and to see if you qualify please call the WSU Military Science (Army ROTC) Department at (937) 775-2581/2763. Ask to speak with an Army ROTC Cadre member and/or check us out on our website at http://www.wright.edu/academics/armyrotc.