St Mary’s University ROTC
There are many routes you can take to commission as a second lieutenant through Army ROTC. You can enter our program as a freshman, sophomore or once you have at least two years remaining at St. Mary’s as an undergrad or graduate student.
There is also a Simultaneous Membership Program for those who are currently serving in the National Guard or Army Reserves as enlisted soldiers and wish to become officers.
St. Mary’s Army ROTC is a great place to start either for a few years or a full career in uniform, but whatever you do, Army ROTC will teach you leadership excellence for a lifetime.
What is ROTC?
You’ve heard of it. You know it has something to do with going to college and being in the Army. But what do you really know about Army ROTC?
Want to learn more about the program that more than 40,000 students made a part of their total college experience last year? Let’s start with the basics.
Reserve Officer Training Corps., or ROTC, combines courses in military science with summer training sessions to turn college students into top-quality Army officers. The classes are available at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the nation. ROTC is a college elective course — not an academic course load. Overall, ROTC classes normally occupy about four hours a week – leaving plenty of time for other classes and an active social life.
For most ROTC students, called cadets, it takes a total of four years to complete ROTC. During the Basic Course, the first two years of ROTC, cadets tackle subjects like military history, first aid and customs of the Army. There is a constant emphasis on leadership development.
While enrolled in the Basic Course, cadets normally do not have to make a commitment to serve in the Army. The final two years of ROTC, called the Advanced Course, is the first point at which most cadets must make a commitment to serve. In both the Basic and Advanced Course, uniforms, textbooks and all required items of equipment are furnished at no extra cost. Additionally, there are merit-based scholarships available. These scholarships can go a long way towards financing the cost of getting a college education.
For students who did not take ROTC during their first two years of college, a compressed version of the Basic Course is available each summer. This 29-day training session, called Leader’s Training Course (LTC), gives students a condensed version of the subjects normally taught on campus during the first two years of ROTC. While in attendance at LTC, students receive a salary, the full cost of their housing, transportation and meals provided by the Army.
It is important to note that students have no obligation to serve in the Army just because they decide to attend LTC. But successful completion of LTC does give students the skills and credentials necessary for enrollment in the Advanced Course.