California Polytechnic State U

“ “The benefits of being in the ROTC program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo outweigh all of the time commitments and stress of balancing school with the many ROTC activities. The most practical benefit is that the classroom portion of ROTC teaches you how to cope and balance both the demands of college and of ROTC. Of course, let us not forget the money, which to most of us, is the best part of the ROTC program. As soon as you commit to the program and sign your contract, the Army pays for your tuition and gives you 300 dollars every quarter for books as well as a monthly stipend. The program also teaches and develops the skills needed to work as part of a team, which is what gives people from the military a leg up when it comes to competing with civilians for jobs. Overall, the benefits from the ROTC program prepare you for what is required to live a well balanced, low stress, fulfilling life.” ”

Natalie Bare, Ridgecrest, CA


In Army ROTC you will learn to become a leader-not just a person who gives orders but a person who leads by example. Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you're 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 all situations and adjust to environments that are always changing. You'll be driven to achieve success with your team on every mission.

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The specific skills you receive in Army ROTC will include things like leadership development, military skills and adventure training. This will take place both in the classroom and in the field, but you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students. Army ROTC has two phases: Basic Course and Advanced Course.

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Whether you're a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need.

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