How To Start Strong
Whether you’re in high school, college or already in the Army, there is a way you can become an Officer in today’s Army.
High School Students
If you’re still in high school and you’re interested in enrolling in Army ROTC, you can find schools that carry an Army ROTC program or talk to your academic advisor.
Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships for high school students.
If you’re interested in enrolling in Army ROTC and you are in college, you can start by taking an Army ROTC basic elective course. If you have at least two or more years remaining toward your undergraduate degree, but not enough time to complete the Basic Course, you can enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course by completing the Leader’s Training Course held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer.
Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to enroll in Army ROTC and the incentives available, including opportunities to compete for two-, three-, or four-year scholarships.
Junior College & Graduate Students
If you have two years remaining in junior college or graduate school, you are still eligible to enroll in Army ROTC.
Leader’s Training Course
This course is for those college students who want to complete Army ROTC training in two years. To qualify, you must complete a challenging and motivating 28-day training program at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon completion of the Leader’s Training Course, graduates return to campus prepared to enter the Advanced Course. Upon that contracting commitment, they may also qualify for a $5,000 bonus. Ask your campus Military Science department.
Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships for college students.
If you are an Enlisted Soldier in the Army and interested in becoming an Officer, find out more about opportunities for Soldiers.
Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships for Enlisted Soldiers.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as Officer trainees in the Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.