ROTC Overview

  • What is ROTC?
    • Reserve Officers Training Corps commissions officers in the United States Army
    • It is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college courses.
    • ROTC offers an accredited minor in Military Science
    • Prepares you with the tools, training, and experience that will help you succeed in any competitive environment both in the military, public or private sector.
    • Along with your normal school schedule, you take one Military Science classes and leadership labs per semester.
      • Military Science courses count as electives for most academic programs.
  • Basic Course
    • First two years of ROTC
    • MS courses include: MS 139, MS 159, MS 239, and MS 259.
    • Courses cover military history, organization, structure, basic military skills, and fundamentals of leadership.
    • Students work with students to achieve success and develop skills to make them exile in academics.
  • Advanced Course
    • Last two years of ROTC
    • Advanced military tactics and military instruction
    • MS 339, 359, 439, & 459 and the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
    • Gain experience with management, leadership, and command techniques as well as team organization, planning, and decision-making.
    • Teaching their peers to excel above their competitors.
  • What does an Army Officer Do?
    • An Army officer is a leader, a motivator, and a strategist
    • You will lead other soldiers in all situations and adjust to ever changing environments which can help you be more adaptable in various situations.
    • Officers are problem-solvers, influencers, and planners in a variety of different fields
    • Officers are involved in more than just leadership, they are doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers, pilots, police officers, CEO of corporations and health adminstrators.
    • Officers are also in finance, logistics, law enforcement, intelligence, transportation, and communications
  • Training
    • Required
      • Cadet Summer Training (CST)
        • Commonly between Junior and Senior year
        • Ft. Knox, Kentucky
      • Officer Basic Course or Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC)
        • Branch dependent after graduation and commissioning
    • Optional Schools to attend:
      • Airborne
      • Air Assault
      • Mountain Warfare
      • Northern Warfare
  • Scholarships and Benefits
    • Two, three, and four year scholarships are available
      • Full tuition and University fees paid
      • $600 a semester for books
    • Monthly allowance
      • $300 for freshmen
      • $350 for sophomores
      • $450 for juniors
      • $500 for seniors
  • Service Obligation
    • No military obligation for taking classes
    • Eight years total commitment upon commissioning
    • May be served in a number of ways or in combination:
      • Active Duty:  Everyday soldier
      • Reserve Duty: in the National Guard or Army Reserve
      • Individual Ready Reserve: You are not actively training with a  unit but your name remains on a list and you can be called for in a national crisis.
  • A Typical Week for a ROTC Cadet
    • Two Military Science class sessions per week
    • Physical training three days a week
      • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 6:30 am
    • Leadership lab
      • Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Eligibility
    • U.S. Citizen of good moral character
    • Between the ages of 17 and 30
    • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
    • Meet physical and medical standards
    • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component
  • What will ROTC do for You?
    • Gain hands-on leadership experience
    • Earn the respect of your peers and future employers
    • Earn money while going to college
    • Obtain valuable knowledge and experience it takes to be a leader and to succeed
    • Develop awareness on how to deal with stressful situations, and how to have a work ethic and prioritize your time.
  • Cadet Extracurricular Activities
    • All Cadets in the program have an opportunity to participate in a variety of events that are only open to NMU ROTC Cadets. Some of these opportunities include:
      • Presenting the Colors at NMU football games
      • Marching in the Homecoming Parade
      • Rappelling the game ball from the top of the largest wooden dome in the world. Click here to see a video.
      • Rappelling from a 90 ft. rock outcrop.
  • How do I join?
    • Contact NMU ROTC's Enrollment Officer
      • 2LT Jake Pfiester
    • Office: Gries Hall, Room 101
      • Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:00 pm (EST)
    • Classroom: Hedgcock, Room 1004
    • (906) 227-2236
    • military@nmu.edu
  • For a list of academic requirements for your major, click here.

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