The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, commonly known as ROTC, teaches students leadership and management skills that help prepare them for successful careers—in the US Army or in civilian life.
ROTC is considered a college elective; students are not joining the Army by enrolling. But upon graduation, students who have completed the ROTC course become commissioned officers in the Army.
MAC Army ROTC is not like “basic training” or “boot camp.” 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.
The ROTC program has two phases: The Basic Course, usually taken during the freshman and sophomore years, involves the study of Army history, organization, structure and basic military skills, such as rifle marksmanship, first aid training and land navigation. The Advanced Course, taken in the junior and senior years, focuses on tactical operations and military instruction. Stressed throughout the courses are management, leadership and command techniques.
In addition to being useful in both military and civilian careers, skills gained through the ROTC program are highly sought after by a wide range of employers.
Army officers lead people, travel the world, and get things done, all while earning a professional salary, enjoying a great quality of life, and building a secure financial future for themselves and their families. After entering the Army, you’ll be assigned to a branch of the Army based on your education and experiences, your stated preference, and the Army’s needs.
Combat Arms Branches
Air Defence Artillery
Corps of Engineers
Combat Support Branches
Military Intelligence Corps
Military Police Corps
Combat Service Support Branches
Adjutant General’s Corps
Medical Service Corps
Army Medical Specialist Corps
Army Nurse Corps
No matter what branch you choose, you won’t find yourself spending twenty or thirty years doing one job behind a desk. The Army will give you the opportunity to perform different jobs every two or three years. The rotation process enables every Army officer to become qualified in his or her branch.
As your job assignments change, so will your job locations. It’s very possible that during the course of your career, you’ll live and work in several regions of the world. You’ll lead, and you’ll train young soldiers who joined the Army to learn a skill, continue their education, or simply grow as individuals. By helping them achieve their goals, you’ll be serving the country as you help them serve.
As you serve, the Army will give you many opportunities to continue your education, including earning your master’s or doctorate in your chosen fields. Whether you serve three years or thirty, you’ll leave the Army proud of what you achieved and be ready for the next phase in your career.
Army ROTC provides several scholarships each year to motivated students willing to serve their country as an Army officer.
The scholarships are granted on a competitive basis. Army ROTC scholarships are entirely merit based. Scholarships may be available in two-, three- and four-year packages. All scholarships used at Mount Aloysius College pay 100 percent tuition and fees, a book allowance ($1,200 per year), and a tax-free monthly stipend ($300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors and $500 for seniors for ten months per year). Two- and three-year, on-campus scholarships may be available. Any college freshman or sophomore may apply for one of these on-campus scholarships. Please contact the Enrollment and Scholarship Officer for availability and eligibility at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cadets eligible for post 9-11 GI Bill® benefits may use those benefits in conjunction with any of the stated scholarships.
Students must meet the general criteria listed below to be eligible for an Army ROTC two-, three- or four-year merit scholarship at Mount Aloysius College. Detailed criteria are prescribed in a number of Army publications.
Students may be offered scholarships conditionally while awaiting final determination of eligibility. (The most common reason for such conditional offers is the scheduling of medical examinations and the resolution of potential medical disqualifiers.)
Scholarship applications are also available on request. Four-year national scholarships can be filed online.
The Four-Year Scholarship Application Process
Students have two opportunities to be considered for four-year scholarships. They may apply as high school seniors, submitting their applications to the national headquarters. Or, they may apply after arrival on campus.
Special United States Army Reserve and Army National Guard Scholarships
Contact our enrollment and scholarship officer for information regarding special United States Army Reserve and Army National Guard scholarships. These scholarship programs include Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty–USAR; Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty–ARNG; Dedicated ARNG (three-year); and Dedicated ARNG (two-year). Cadets that receive a Dedicated or GRFD scholarship are obligated to serve in the National Guard or the United States Army Reserves upon graduation.
Cadets awarded a Dedicated or GRFD scholarship receive all of the following benefits:
- 100 percent tuition: All tuition is paid for at Mount Aloysius as well as at our partner schools.
- Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA): $4,500 annually
- State Education Assistance Program: $5,554 annually (National Guard Scholarship only; must complete basic training)
- Book stipend: $1,200 annually
- Drill pay as an E-5: approximately $5,000 annually
- Cadet stipend: Sophomore, $3,500; Junior, $4,500; Senior, $5,000 annually
Additionally, cadets awarded a GRFD scholarship and who have completed basic training and AIT are eligible the following:
- Montgomery GI Bill®: $3,335 annually
- Montgomery GI Bill Kicker®: $3,335 annually
*The Montgomery GI Bill® benefits are not available for Dedicated Scholarship winners.
Non-Scholarship Contracted Cadet Pay and Subsidies
Students may participate in Army ROTC without a scholarship. These students, upon contracting at the beginning of the junior year, will incur a three-year Active Duty Service Obligation, in lieu of the four-year obligation assumed by scholarship recipients. Non-scholarship contracted cadets receive the same monthly tax-free stipend. Cadets also receive pay, room and board, and reimbursement for travel expenses when participating in Advanced Camp and other summer leadership development programs.
For more information, contact:
Mr. Christopher Chavira
Recruiting Operations Officer
724-357-7682 or 1-800-487-7682