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Frequently Asked Questions about Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps

  • The order, the self-discipline, the pride that had been instilled in me by ROTC was a tremendous companion to my basic liberal arts education and prepared me well for my Army career, or for that matter, any career I might have chosen.

    —GEN (Ret) Colin Powell, Secretary of State

    By enrolling in IUP ROTC, are you joining the Army?

    No. Students who enroll in ROTC don’t join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It’s considered a college elective.

    Is IUP Army ROTC like “basic training” or “boot camp”?

    No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree. Cadets are not required to attend basic training in order to complete the necessary requirements to earn a commission in the United States Army.

    What can students expect to learn by taking IUP Army ROTC?

    Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or to have a successful civilian career.

    What makes IUP Army ROTC different from regular college leadership/management courses?

    Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and “practical” exercises.

    Is there a military obligation during college?

    During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation.

    What is the ROTC course composed of?

    The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) studies Army history, organization, structure, and basic military skills, such as basic rifle marksmanship, first aid training, and land navigation. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course (junior and senior years) concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

    Does IUP Army ROTC offer scholarships?

    Yes. ROTC awards scholarships to eligible cadets based on merit. Scholarships awarded can be four-, three-, or two-year scholarships.

    How much money does IUP Army ROTC usually award, and what does the money go towards?

    An IUP Army ROTC scholarship pays full tuition and fees to include a monthly spending allowance of $300 to $500, depending on what academic year you are in (freshman= $300, sophomore=$350, junior=$450, senior=$500), and a yearly book allowance of $900.

    On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

    ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they’re awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government, or part-time work.

    Can only scholarship winners enroll in IUP Army ROTC?

    No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC, regardless of whether you’re a scholarship winner or not, and all equipment is furnished at no cost to you.

    How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

    Scholarships are awarded once a year for high school students. Students apply by December 15, and selections are made continuously through May 15. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between March 1 and November 1. Also, if you are already on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships are often available.

    How do students benefit from IUP Army ROTC?

    In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets—whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army (Active component, Reserve Component, or National Guard).