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Prior Service Has Advantages With Army ROTC

ROTC Credit For Military Service

Your military experience could satisfy credit requirements for the ROTC Basic Course, the first two years of Army ROTC. This means that, if credit is granted and provided you are not on an Army ROTC scholarship, you can skip the freshman and sophomore years of ROTC and enroll directly in the Advanced Course.

Learning to be a Leader

In the ROTC Advanced Course, you will learn leadership, organization and management skills as well as tactics, and ethics and professionalism; qualities essential to a future Army Officer or being successful in any civilian career. Your instruction will go beyond the simple classroom instruction to help you gain practical management and leadership experience.

Practicing What You Learn

At Advanced Camp, between your junior and senior years, you'll put into practice the principles, theories and decision-making skills you learned in the classroom. You'll plan and execute tactical missions, and you'll shoulder a lot of responsibility as you are given the opportunity to serve in leadership positions. At the end of six weeks, you'll leave Advanced Camp with renewed pride and increased confidence in your ability to serve as a leader in the officer corps. In addition to the training, you will also be paid while at Advanced Camp.

Financial Help During College

You may be eligible to compete for an ROTC scholarship while you're in college. If eligible, you may also collect any VA benefits to which you would normally be entitled.

Your Age at Commissioning

To be awarded an ROTC scholarship, you must be under 27 years of age on June 30th of the year you expect to graduate and receive your officer's commission. As a veteran, however, you may receive up to a three-year extension for your past military service. Non-scholarship cadets must be less than 30 years of age at the time of commissioning. Requests for a waiver of age may be considered on an individual basis.

Join ROTC and the Guard or Reserve While Your're in College

You may be able to take advantage of a program that allows you to participate in ROTC and enlist in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve at the same time, provided a vacancy exists in either a Guard or Reserve unit. It's called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), and it means that while you're still in college, you can be gaining valuable experience and earning extra income. Because under the SMP, you will be paid at the rate of at least a Sergeant E-5 for your Guard or Reserve service, and you'll receive the ROTC Advanced Course allowance as well.
You'll serve as an officer trainee in a Guard or Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of second lieutenant. And once you are graduated and commissioned, you may continue your military service with your unit or apply for active duty.

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Army ROTC is a good deal. It's an even better deal for veterans like you. Because Army ROTC helps you apply what you've already learned to new situations as you train for a leadership role. You'll receive an officer's commission and when you return to active duty, your previous active duty enlisted time will even count toward both longevity pay and retirement.

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