In 1926, the first six Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) were founded. Steadily growing through the post WWII era, ROTC programs now are offered on more than 1,000 college and university campuses across the United States. ROTC prepares young adults to become officers in the three branches of the U.S. military--the Army, the Navy including the Marines and the Air Force. Cadets commit to serve in the military after graduation in exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed military career.
University of California, Berkeley
Among the oldest ROTC units in the country, the University of California at Berkeley offers three distinct military officers' commissioning programs: Air Force ROTC (AFROTC), Army ROTC (AROTC) and Naval ROTC (NROTC) within the Division of Undergraduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS). The California Maritime Academy, University of California Davis and Stanford are affiliate ROTC programs. The program integrates military educational offerings into the regular university curricula. These include aerospace studies, which offers students the opportunity to qualify for a commission in the U.S. Air Force, naval sciences, which includes several programs that lead to commissions in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps, and the Military Sciences Army Officer Education Program.
University of California, Berkeley Military Affairs Program Hearst Gymnasium 2600 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704 military.berkeley.edu/
University of San Diego
The University of San Diego offers two-, three-, and four-year Army ROTC and Navy ROTC programs designed to develop future officers’ skills in leadership, management, foreign policy, national security, military history and military skills. The Four-Year Commissioning Program is divided into two parts: the basic course and the advanced course with the basic course being taken in the freshman and sophomore years. During the basic course, no military commitment is incurred, and students may withdraw at any time through the end of the second year. After completing the basic course, students who have demonstrated officer potential and have met physical and scholastic standards of the program are eligible to enroll in the advanced course, which consists of outlined military science and designated enrichment courses that include communication skills, military history and computer literacy.
Naval and Army Reserve Officer Training University of San Diego 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110 619-260-7988 sandiego.edu/nrotc/
Auburn University’s Army ROTC War Eagle Battalion Four-Year Program is divided into the basic course taken by freshmen and sophomores and the advanced course taken juniors and seniors. The basic course covers basic military skills, leadership, customs and traditions and map reading. No military commitment is made by taking the basic course if the student isn’t on a military scholarship. Upon completion of the basic course, students are eligible to contract into the advanced course. The classes in the advanced course cover military justice, advanced leadership theory and officer development and preparation. Army ROTC cadets also take part in field training exercises (FTX) and summer leadership courses.
Auburn University Army ROTC Nichols Center Auburn, AL 36849-5513 334-844-4305 auburn.edu/academic/rotc/arotc/index.html
Notre Dame’s NROTC has structured undergraduate academic major programs that are divided into three categories or tiers: Tier 1 includes engineering programs of Navy interest including aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, general electrical engineering and mechanical engineering; Tier 2 includes other engineering, math and science programs; and Tier 3, which includes foreign language and remaining academic programs. Approximately 85 percent of NROTC scholarships are awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major.
Notre Dame NROTC 213 Pasquerilla Center Notre Dame, IN 46556 877-636-7682 nd.edu/~nrotc/index.php
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