Illinois State University

“ The Army helped me travel to five different states and spend a month in Germany. Over four years I experienced significant personal change. I developed self-confidence and overcame a severe fear of heights while jumping out of an airplane and climbing mountainsides during training. I learned to take care of others, and myself, which has carried over into my physical well-being and academic performance. When I commissioned, my parents said they were truly proud of how I grew in college. I can honestly say, I owe much of that success to ROTC and the mentorship I received from the cadre and senior cadets. Another part Army ROTC played was enabling me to focus on the academic and personal development aspects of college and not be distracted by financial worry by paying for my tuition, books, and providing a monthly stipend for food and lodging. During my senior year I watched my peers frantically search to find employment in a job they would like, while I was able to relax, confident I had a job and a career ready for me. ”

Second Lieutenant Joe Frederick, Engineers, 302nd Forward Support Battalion, Korea, Carol Stream, IL


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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