Army ROTC is an elective curriculum taken along with your required college classes. The program gives you tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus. If you continue through your junior and senior years, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army when you graduate. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.
RMC students enroll in military science concurrently with their academic degree. Students may complete the first two years of military science with absolutely no military service obligation.
Veterans, National Guardsmen, Army Reservists and students who complete a four-week leadership course at Fort Knox, Ky., receive constructive credit for the first two years of military science, and can complete the military science program in as few as two school years.
Freshman through senior military science courses are offered every semester. After the junior year students attend a six-week leader development assessment course with their peers under the guidance of experienced Army captains at Ft. Lewis, Wash. Students are provided with one-on-one counseling and progress reports throughout the program.
What It Takes to Succeed
To participate in RMC's ROTC program, potential students must be accepted into Rocky Mountain College as an undergraduate or graduate student. Please see Admissions.
Students who bring the following attributes to the military science program have the highest rate of success:
- Scholar (3.00 or higher GPA)
- Athlete (participation in team or individual sports or physical activities)
- Leader (elected or appointed to leadership positions in school, sport, community, volunteer and/or spiritual organizations)
A strong desire and will to successfully complete the military science program can overcome shortfalls in any of the above-listed attributes.
Students are encouraged to participate in weekly physical fitness and athletic activities throughout the school year. Students will prepare for and take an Army physical fitness test that evaluates the student's ability to accomplish three exercise tasks:
- Push-ups (in two minutes)
- Sit-ups (in two minutes)
- Two-mile run (score based on completion time)
Military Science I - Freshman Year
- Introduction to leadership (values, attributes, skills, actions)
- Personal development (time management, stress management, health and fitness, goal setting and communications)
- Officership and the Army profession
- Orienteering, map reading, land navigation, basic tactics
Military Science II - Sophomore Year
- Foundations of leadership (team building, situational leadership, adaptive leadership, leadership analysis)
- Personal development (briefings, interpersonal communication, effective writing, advanced time management)
- Army values and ethics, consideration of ethics
- Officership (introduction of principles of war, terrorism awareness)
- Advanced map reading, terrain analysis, route planning, problem solving, battle drills, offensive operations
- Advanced course – professional military education – commissioning
Military Science III - Junior Year
- Adaptive team leadership (team dynamics, developing future leaders, leadership styles and behavior)
- Personal development (effective communications, stress management)
- Army values and ethics (warrior ethos), risk management
- Advanced map reading, intelligence preparation of the battlefield, troop leading procedures, squad tactics
Leadership Development Assessment Course
- Warrior Forge at Ft. Lewis, Wash (usually summer after junior year)
Military Science IV- Senior Year
- Developmental and adaptive leadership (physical fitness programs, effective communications)
- Military professional ethics, ethical decision-making, code of conduct, rules of engagement, cultural awareness
- Training, risk management process, counseling, evaluation reports, career management
- Military decision-making process, organization for combat, supply and logistics, military history
After graduating from RMC, students who complete the military science program receive a commission as a second lieutenant. The student has the option of serving in the National Guard or Army Reserve as a part-time career, or on active duty in the regular Army as a full-time profession. Lieutenants in the Army lead people, while also managing equipment, vehicle fleets and financial resources. Immediately after graduating from college, new lieutenants are routinely put in charge of and lead groups of up to 40 people. Officer career specialties in the Army are as diverse as those found in the civilian sector. See Army Careers & Jobs for more information
Some of the 16 specialties students can request as an Army officer include the following:
- Adjutant General
- Air Defense Artillery
- Chemical Corps
- Corps of Engineers
- Field Artillery
- Medical Service
- Military Intelligence
- Military Police
- Signal Corps
Except for the health professions, an officer's specialty in the Army does not have to be related to his or her university academic degree. New lieutenants who go into the regular Army serve on active duty for three or four years, and may then transfer into the reserves. Lieutenants commissioned in the National Guard or Army Reserve serve their entire tour in the Reserves.
Career Options with a Graduate Degree
Army career fields that require a graduate degree are not typically available to commissioned officers until after the sixth year of commissioned service. These include the following:
- United States Military Academy at West Point Faculty
- Foreign Area Officers (Military attaches to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps)
- White House Fellowships
- Operational Research and Systems Analysts
- Army Acquisition Corps personnel (Research and Development)
- ROTC professors of Military Science
Officers accepted into these career fields attend leading universities and the Army often pays for these graduate programs.
Potential Career Growth
- Promotion from second to first lieutenant is approximately 18 months
- Promotion from first lieutenant to captain is approximately 18 months
- Promotion from captain to major is approximately six and a half years
- Promotion from major to lieutenant colonel is approximately five and a half years
The ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) or Operation WARRIOR FORGE is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet. The 31-day training event incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. WARRIOR FORGE tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations. Cadets usually attend before their senior year in college.
WARRIOR FORGE places each cadet in a variety of leadership positions, many of which simulate stressful combat situations. In each position, cadets will receive evaluations from platoon tactical and counseling (TAC) officers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to proving their leadership ability, cadets and officer candidates must meet established standards in physical fitness, weapons training, communication, combat patrols and demonstrate their proficiency in many other military skills. Cadets and officer candidates must excel at WARRIOR FORGE to be considered competitive for a commission as an Army officer.
The Air Assault School, conducted at several army sites, is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge.
During the course you will face such challenges as:
- Obstacle Course – You will be required to negotiate a demanding obstacle course.
- Physical Training – PT is conducted daily. Distance runs of up to three miles are standard.
- Rappelling – You are required to tie a series of knots and conduct graded rappels from walls and helicopters. You must successfully complete three day and two night helicopter rappels.
- Troop Ladder – You will ascend and descend the troop ladder on a 35-foot tower and a CH-47 helicopter.
- Rigging and Sling Loading – You will be taught and tested on how to prepare, rig and inspect numerous pieces of Army equipment for helicopter transport.
- Road Marches – You must complete a six-mile road march in 1 hour and 30 minutes or less; you must also complete, at the end of the course, a 12-mile road march in 3 hours or less.
- Evaluations – After each phase of training, all students are given a written and practical examination based on a PASS/FAIL system. To graduate, the student must receive a PASS at the end of each phase.
This course, like the Airborne School, is a fast-paced exercise in mental alertness and physical endurance. You must meet the high standards of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prior to being awarded the Air Assault Badge.
Cadet application requirements include the following:
- Successful completion of the Army physical fitness test;
- Have a valid medical exam stating "Qualified for Air Assault"; and
- Be able to run at least four miles within a limited time.
Note: the challenges are very physically demanding.
Do you think you have what it takes to step up to the door of an aircraft, look down at the drop zone, jump 1250 feet, land safely and ready to fight?
It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for this assignment: someone with an unflinching spirit of adventure, someone who can put into practice in three minutes things that have taken three weeks to learn, and someone who is willing to live up to the Airborne history of action, dedication and courage.
If you're that kind of person, the sky's the limit in Airborne.
At Jump School, you'll be introduced to your best friend - your parachute. You'll get to know everything about it. How to wear it, adjust it, use it - the works. You'll also learn all the techniques needed to accomplish your mission with absolute confidence: how to stay loose, get ready for impact, let your legs absorb the shock, roll and collapse your chute quickly, release your harness, unsling your weapon and deploy into position.
Airborne officers are considered to be among the Army's most valuable combat officers. Every member of the Rangers and Special Forces - two of the Army's most elite corps - is airborne-qualified.
And not only infantry officers can benefit from "going Airborne." Being airborne-qualified will enhance an officer's value to the Army and enhance his or her own chances for a valuable career.
This is a three-week school conducted at Fort Benning, Ga. Cadets in good physical condition may compete for a school allocation. A minimum physical fitness score of 250 is required. At Airborne school, cadets will train alongside regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from an Air Force aircraft (C130 and C17). Upon completion of the course, cadets will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified. This course is extremely safe and boosts the confidence of all who have the opportunity to attend.
Qualified students who are selected to attend this four-week, paid leadership course receive placement credit upon successful completion of LTC for the ROTC Basic Course. This qualifies the student for enrollment into the ROTC Advanced Course. In addition, this leadership course allows the student to qualify for a two-year scholarship. Selected students are offered a scholarship prior to attending camp. Also, a student can earn a scholarship while at the camp, based on demonstrated leadership ability and past academic record. Students who successfully complete the camp are awarded the LTC completion ribbon, which is worn on the cadet uniform. Everybody's a winner.
The purpose of the CTLT is to expose cadets to the life of a platoon leader in an active army TO & E unit, such as the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, and the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. CTLT allows cadets to observe other leadership styles and allow them to develop their own. Cadets must have completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course to be eligible. The Department of Defense internships offer opportunities for cadets with special language, technical or research skills with various agencies, which include positions with the Central Identification Laboratory, Defense Information Systems Agency, National Ground Intelligence Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Army Science Board, and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Cadets receive an Officer Evaluation Report (OER) upon completion of CTLT.