Montana State University
Cadets march with their rucks to a training area.

Rucking in the Snow

Cadets march with their rucks to a training area.

Welcome! It gives me great pleasure to give you an overview of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program at Montana State University in Bozeman. Here at the "Fighting Bobcat Battalion," we strive to produce the best officers for the Army's leadership of the future. Overall, Army ROTC is a unique college elective; it doesn't take anymore of your time than other college courses, and the credits received from ROTC go toward your diploma. Not to mention when you graduate, you'll receive a diploma and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Traditionally, Army ROTC is a four year program. The first two years of the program comprise the Basic Course. This includes classroom studies in such subjects as military history, leadership development and national defense. You can enroll in the program for the first two year without committing to any future military obligation (if you don't have an ROTC scholarship). After you've successfully completed the Basic Course, you can enter the Advanced Course. Then, as a cadet in the Advanced Course, your management/leadership skills will continue to be sharpened and tested. You'll teach new ROTC students what you've learned, and what steps to take. By finishing the program you will be more than ready to be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. During your four years in the program, all ROTC textbooks, uniforms and essential material will be supplied at no cost. In addition, if selected for the Advanced Course, you'll receive an allowance of up to $4,000 each year. If you miss the first two years of ROTC, or are a graduate of a junior or community college, or are entering a two-year postgraduate course of study, or are a high school student planning to attend a Military Junior College, you may still qualify for a commission through the two-year program.

Battalion History

The Army ROTC program was started at Montana State University in 1896 with a parade of forty cadets to a ceremony in which the governor of Montana laid the cornerstone of Montana Hall.  Click to learn more.

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