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Leadership Development That Lasts a Lifetime

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps 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 great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition as well. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be an Officer in the Army. You can try Army ROTC with no commitment until you contract which is normally your Junior year.

What It Means to be an Army Officer

Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you're a leader, a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an Officer, you will lead other soldiers in a variety of situations and adjust to environments that are always changing. You will lead Soldiers to achieve success as a team on every mission.

Army ROTC Benefits

Army ROTC is one of the Nation's top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Get help with your college tuition with a stipend and/or ROTC scholarship
  • Gain experience you can't find anywhere else
  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers
  • Train to become a leader and a manager

Myths about ROTC

Some common misconceptions about Army ROTC:

  • R - Right into the Army - MYTH!
    • FACT: Joining ROTC does not mean you're in the Army; you can do ROTC for 2 years with with no obligation to the Army. ROTC is a process combining college education with military training.
  • O - Opportunity is limited; the Army is just about blowing things up - MYTH!
    • FACT: ROTC is about education and leadership development. Officers join one of 16 branches which allow them to aquire skills in areas such as intelligence, logistics, and communications.
  • T - Time - It is too late to join ROTC - MYTH!
    • FACT: Anyone with 2 years of undergraduate or graduate school remaining can join ROTC.
  • C - Commitment to ROTC or the Army is immediate - MYTH!
    • FACT: There is no initial commitment to ROTC or the Army. Once a student does decide to commit (contract), they will receive a monthly, tax-free allowance, become eligible for scholarships, and receive a minor in Military Science.

Click here to learn more about ROTC at SIUE. Call us at (618) 650-2500 or email us at If you would like to visit the ROTC office, we are located in Founders Hall, Room 3106.

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