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1. What kinds of scholarships are available in Army ROTC? Are any of the scholarships retroactive?
2. What good is Army ROTC for a career outside of the Army?
3. Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?
4. What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help cadets? Will ROTC classes interfere with his/her other studies?
5. How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my normal college life and activities?
6. Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?
7. How do I learn more about the Army?
8. What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What career fields are available?
9. Will I be allowed to change my major once enrolled in ROTC?

Parents

1. What is my young adult's Army service obligation to pay back any scholarship benefits, or for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Course?
2. Why should my young adult choose Army ROTC over a different branch's ROTC?
3. Can my young adult go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?
4. What kind of salary and benefits will my young adult earn as a commissioned Army Officer?
5. What are the chances my son/daughter will be deployed to support the Global War on Terrorism while in ROTC?




1. What kinds of scholarships are available in Army ROTC? Are any of the scholarships retroactive?
Army ROTC scholarships vary based on the length of time remaining for students to complete their degrees. There are two-, three- and four-year merit-based scholarships providing full tuition. Scholarships also include annual book allowances and a monthly stipend. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.

2. What good is Army ROTC for a career outside of the Army?
Army ROTC is one of the only college courses that develops those leadership skills and aptitudes that are actively sought by major corporations worldwide. This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing and motivating people through the fostering of teamwork.

3. Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?
Army ROTC Cadets are allowed to major in nearly all academic areas.

4. What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help cadets? Will ROTC classes interfere with his/her other studies?
Army ROTC classes normally involve one elective class or lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life, even before graduating and becoming Officers.

5. How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my normal college life and activities?
Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college students. But there are two intensive Army ROTC courses that take place on Army Posts, usually during the summer: Leader's Training Course- This four-week summer course at Fort Knox, KY is ONLY for students who enroll in Army ROTC going into their junior years without having taken the first two years of military science classes. Leader Development and Assessment Course- All Cadets who enter the Advanced Course must attend this four-week summer course at Fort Lewis, WA between their junior and senior years.

6. Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?
Young adults must serve as Officers in the Army after graduation if they have received an ROTC scholarship, OR if they have enrolled in the ROTC Advanced Course. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate someone to serve unless they have also received a scholarship.

7. How do I learn more about the Army?
This website has a section specifically designed for Parents and Advisors called For Parents. You'll find straight answers to more of your Army questions there. You can also start exploring the Army experience from the Army Home Page.
More Information: http://www.goarmy.com/for_parents/index.jsp

8. What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What career fields are available?
There is no "typical" career path as an Army Officer because the Officer decides the direction that they want their life to go. It's not always an easy endeavor, but it is rewarding. No matter the career field, or "branch", that is bestowed upon a commissioned officer, they are leaders in the Army. At the end of the day, their title will never dictate what the can, or cannot, do.

9. Will I be allowed to change my major once enrolled in ROTC?
Yes. In most cases, as long as the overall number of required semesters don't increase or decrease changing your graduation time.

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Parents

1. What is my young adult's Army service obligation to pay back any scholarship benefits, or for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Course?
Scholarship winners must serve for four years; non-scholarship Cadets who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve for three years. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

2. Why should my young adult choose Army ROTC over a different branch's ROTC?
The Army offers a wider range of career opportunities, in more places around the world, then any other U.S. military branch.

3. Can my young adult go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?
Yes. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.

4. What kind of salary and benefits will my young adult earn as a commissioned Army Officer?
The training and salary you get as a Soldier are only some of the ways the Army strengthens you for tomorrow. The Army also offers money for education, comprehensive health care, generous vacation time, family services and support groups, special pay for special duties, and cash allowances to cover the cost of living.
More Information: http://www.goarmy.com/benefits/index.jsp?bl=Benefits

5. What are the chances my son/daughter will be deployed to support the Global War on Terrorism while in ROTC?
Zero. Cadets will not deploy in support of any real world events.

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