The Army ROTC program has a wide variety of options for students. Depending on your academic standing, previous experience, and depth of commitment, the following are the options available to students.
Four Year Option
The traditional four-year program is divided into two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. During all four years, all ROTC textbooks, uniforms, and essential materials will be furnished at no cost.
The Basic Course
This course teaches decision-making, team-building, and communication skills. All full-time students are eligible for enrollment in the Basic Course without incurring a military obligation. In between the freshmen and sophomore or sophomore and junior years, students will attend Army ROTC Basic Camp. This camp is a four-week course that instills confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader. The Basic Course or an equivalent program and the Advance Course must be completed in order to be eligible for commission.
The Advanced Course
The Advanced Course is the primary officer preparation program that teaches leadership ethics, small unit leadership and tactics, and command operations. Upon completion of the Basic Course requirements, students become eligible for entrance into the Advanced Course. Once accepted, students become the leaders for Norwich University Army ROTC Detachment. Students will attend a paid, four-week leadership and tactics course, Army ROTC Advanced Camp, between their junior and senior years.
Two- & Three-Year Options
If the first one or two years of ROTC are missed, you are a graduate of a junior or community college, or are entering a two-year post-graduate course of study, there is a option for a two- or three-year program that will still qualify for a commission. In this program, students first attend the four weeks of the Army ROTC Basic Camp and upon completion are eligible for the Advanced Course.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
SMP is a volunteer officer training program for students to train alongside Army Reserve or National Guard units. As SMP members complete ROTC requirements, they continue to train with an Army unit and upon completion of their degree and ROTC program, commission as an officer in the United States Army.
As a veteran, Army ROTC can help make the most of the time invested and the experience gained in the military. Prior military experience could fulfill the requirements for the ROTC Basic Course, resulting in directly enrolling into the Advanced Course. In addition to any financial assistance received from ROTC, applicants are still qualified to any and all VEAP/GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits to which they are entitled.
For an informational overview regarding Army ROTC visit www.goarmy.com/rotc to learn about program requirements, scholarships, and careers in the Army.