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.