Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q1. What is Army ROTC?
    Army ROTC is a college elective you can take for up to two years with no obligation. Unlike traditional college programs, Army ROTC gives you a wide range of experiences while you work toward your degree. You’ll combine classroom time with hands-on training, learning and leadership skills that are sure to give you an edge over your peers when it comes time for job interviews and presenting yourself in a professional manner. Whether you’re planning a career in the Army or the corporate world, you will gain the necessary leadership skills and personal confidence to succeed in whichever path you take.
  • Q2. By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?
    No. Students who enroll in ROTC don’t join the Army. They take our ROTC classes for which they receive credit. It’s considered a college elective. During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation unless they are on an Army ROTC Scholarship.

  • Q3. How will being an Army ROTC cadet affect my daily life?
    Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyle and academic schedules as any other college students. They join fraternities and sororities. They participate in varsity team and individual sports. They take part in community service projects.

  • Q4. What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What Fields are available?
    Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants. They then receive specialized training in one of 17 different Army branches. During their Army careers, they’ll receive regular professional training as they advance through the ranks, and they’ll have many opportunities for advanced leadership positions and post-graduate education.

  • Q5. What are the time lines for the high school online application process?
    Here they are the dates for this fall/winter’s board dates. If you are applying for a four year high school Army ROTC scholarship while in high school that will start in the fall semester these are the dates you should pay attention to. If you are a high school student finishing up your junior year and going into senior year in the fall, these are also your dates.

    **Dates** (Dates are subject to change. Please check on the Cadet Command student log in section)
    The window opens 12 Jun 20XX
    1st High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 3-Oct-20xx
    1st High School Selection Board 20-Oct-20xx
    2nd High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 05-Jan-20xx
    2nd High School Selection Board 25-Jan-20xx
    4-Year High School Application Deadline 10-Jan-20xx
    Final (3rd) HS Selection Board Deadline for Docs — Missing Items 29-Feb-20xx
    Final (3rd) High School Selection Board 7-Mar-20xx

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  • Q6. Can I join the ROTC Program if I am already enrolled at Maryville University?
    Yes! Current Maryville University students can apply for 3-year, 2.5-year and 2-year On-Campus scholarships. Students must be in a full time status (12 credit hours or more). Enrolling in the Maryville Army ROTC class is the first step. Scholarships are merit based. College GPAs, student’s activities, Army’s Physical Fitness Test and becoming medically qualified are part of the scholarship process. Please contact Mr. Rodriguez for more details.

  • Q7. Can I join ROTC if I am already in the Army?
    Yes! Current Active Duty Soldiers can apply though the Green to Gold Process. Current United States Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers can enroll and contract though the Simultaneous Membership Program. Both of these options have scholarship opportunities.