If you’re at least 17 years old, interested in joining the military and finding a way to pay for school, the ROTC might be for you. Read on to find out how joining the ROTC could land you a large college scholarship.

ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps and is one of the most all-encompassing scholarship programs in the United States. As part of ROTC, students receive the education necessary to excel as future Officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Financial Assistance

  • Most ROTC scholarships cover the entire cost of tuition. The Navy covers housing and books as well as provides a stipend, while the Army covers only tuition. Air Force offers a majority of scholarship recipients full tuition up to the in-state cost as well as stipends for books.
  • ROTC members are also provided a living expense. Starting at $250 a month, the amount increases each school year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Age: at least 17 years of age but no older than 26 for the Army
    at least 17 years of age but no older than 23 for the Navy
    at least 17 years of age but no older than 31 of the year you will commission for Air Force
  • Receive a high school diploma or equivalent by August 1st of the year you plan to enter ROTC
  • GPA: at least 2.5 for the Army
    at least 3.0 for the Air Force
    not specified for Navy but typically around a 3.25
  • SAT: at least 920 (verbal and math) for Army
    at least 1050 for Navy
    at least 1100 for Air Force
  • ACT: at least 19 for Army
    at least 21 Math, 22 English for Navy
    at least 24 for Air Force

In-School Responsibilities

During school, ROTC members function like any other college or university student. ROTC classes are a requirement as well as other training programs over the summer, depending on the branch.

Post-Graduation Responsibilities

Upon graduation, you won’t have to search for a job. You’ll be enlisted as an Officer in your respective branch—the equivalent of a high-profile job at a corporation. A 4 – 10 year commitment is required based on military branch.

Visit www.military.com for more information about the ROTC.