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Frequently Asked Questions

  • By enrolling in ROTC am I 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 is considered a college elective. A commitment to the Army isn't made until the student reaches their junior year.

  • Is ROTC like "boot camp?"

    No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.

  • How much time does ROTC take weekly?

    Cadets commit a few hours per week to ROTC. They are free to spend the rest of their week engaged in other activities, including classes, internships and sports.

  • What can I expect to learn by taking ROTC?

    Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer.

  • What comprises ROTC courses?

    The ROTC program is divided into phases:

    • The Basic Course (freshman and sophomore) studies Army history, organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout.
    • The Advanced Course (junior and senior) concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership and command.
  • Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?

    Yes. Each year hundreds of students attending colleges nationwide receive ROTC scholarships. ROTC awards scholarships to students studying science, engineering, nursing and business, along with other majors. Visit our scholarships page for more information.

  • 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 ROTC?

    Any WSU student can enroll in ROTC.

  • How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

    Four-year scholarship offers are made three times per year. We also offer three-year and two-year scholarships. Visit our scholarships page for more information.