Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

NO. ROTC is a series of elective courses, which you begin as a freshman with no military obligation. Military Science is a program of study within the college of Arts and Science. It is similar to taking any other class.

No prior military training or experience is required.

Not a great deal of time for freshmen and sophomores, a little more for juniors and seniors. For freshman, lecture meets one day a week. Lecture meets twice a week for sophomores, three times a week for juniors and seniors. In addition to lecture, there is a two hour lab which meets once a week and physical training sessions three mornings per week.

No. Military science classes are scheduled just like any other class. We have a planned curriculum to deconflict with most UTC course requirements. If a scheduling conflict arises, the instructor will make every effort to work through it with you.

Mainly, they are just like any other college student. They earn an academic degree and learn to think and reason at the college level. Along the way they will learn leadership skills and have experiences that will set them apart from their peers. These skills and experiences will qualify them to become officers in the US Army. Upon graduation, they are placed in job positions as Second Lieutenants, either on Active duty or in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

No. ROTC is taken for elective credit. Depending upon your degree you may, however, elect to earn a minor in military science.

Yes! In fact, we highly encourage students to participate in other activities. We subscribe to the total person concept and want well-rounded individuals to lead the Army and the nation in the Twenty First century.

Yes. The Ranger Challenge team offers intense technical and tactical training in soldier skills.

Yes. All cadets are required to wear a uniform to the ROTC lab.

Here's the deal with regard to hair. We do not cut anyone's hair. You must, however, meet the Army appearance standards. That may mean for males that you have shorter hair than you currently have, but no one gets his or her head shaved. Females must wear their hair up off the collar of the uniform.

Absolutely not. Juniors and seniors along with all scholarship cadets are required to participate in Physical Fitness Training every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:20 to 7:30 AM. All other cadets are only obligated to participate if they are signed up for the PT class, but all are encouraged to do so.

Not entirely. We do a good portion of our training outdoors. Some of the activities we do include hiking, rappelling, and orienteering. If you stay in the program long enough, you will have the pleasure of sleeping on the ground outdoors, but that type of training is usually done during favorable weather conditions.

Yes. The summer between your junior and senior years of college, all ROTC cadets will attend the Advanced Camp, otherwise known as Warrior Forge, at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This 4-week leadership experience is the culmination of everything you have learned thus far and is used as an evaluation tool which determines your future as an officer. Cadets receive a stipend while attending this training. Other training opportunities are available during the summer, but Warrior Forge is the only required one.

For most students, it is the start of your junior year of college. This is when you decide whether or not you want to pursue a commission in the Army. At this time you would sign a contract with the US Army. This applies to two-year scholarship students and all non-scholarship students in the program. A Three-year or four-year scholarship winner becomes obligated at the start of their sophomore year.

Eight years, but before you go into cardiac arrest, let's break it down a little further. These eight years can be fulfilled in a number of ways: 3 or 4 years (depending on scholarship status) on active duty, and then the remainder in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Essentially, the IRR is a non-active status with no drill requirements. The other option is 6 years in a drilling unit of the Reserves or National Guard, meeting one weekend a month and two weeks each summer followed by 2 years in the IRR. This obligation is federally mandated and is the same across all services.

Stop by the Department of Military Science, which is located at 601 Douglas St., or call the recruiting officer at (423) 425-5593, or e-mail your questions to