Founded in 1916, the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps
produces 75 percent of all Army officers. To date, ROTC has produced more than half a million lieutenants. The program remains the broadest avenue
for men and women who aspire to become Army officers--prestigious professionals serving as leaders in the most respected
institution in America.
Army ROTC is a
leadership program in which you will be able to take 24 elective credits that will
coincide with your four-year college degree program. resulting in your commission
as an Army officer upon graduation. Officers can serve in
one of 16 career fields. Along with providing great leadership training, Army ROTC can
pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can
participate in your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join
the Army. You will have a college student experience like everyone else on
campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Americans got their start through Army ROTC. The program has produced two U.S.
secretaries of state, innumerable business and civic leaders and a female
astronaut. Among the more famous graduates of the program are Colin Powell, Sam
Walton, Earl Graves, Lenny Wilkens, and James Earl Jones.
Learn more about
branches and specialties on ArmyROTC.com
How to join?
students: If you’re interested in joining Army ROTC and you are already in
college, you can begin by participating in the Army ROTC Basic Course by enrolling
in a military science course at either the City College of New York or York
College. Students not attending these colleges can take the military
science course at these campuses through the e-permit system.
you have two or more years remaining toward your undergraduate degree, but not
enough time to complete the Army ROTC Basic Course, you may enter the Advanced
Course upon completion of Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Fort Knox,
Kentucky. CIET is for college students who want to
complete Army ROTC training in two years (usually the final two years of
college). Scholarships are often available for current college students
and may cover up to 2 or 3 years of tuition and fees or room and board.
military service: Soldiers who are currently in the National Guard or U.S.
Army Reserve can participate in Army ROTC through the Simultaneous
Membership Program (SMP). Cadets in the SMP serve as officer trainees in the Reserve
or National Guard while completing college. SMP Cadets can earn their
Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to Army ROTC allowances. Soldiers on active duty may be eligible for Green-to-Gold programs or
other scholarship opportunities to complete college and earn commission
as an officer.
A Way to Pay for
- Scholarships and
stipends in Army ROTC help you focus on earning your
college degree—not how you'll pay for it.
Whether you're a
college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university,
Army ROTC has scholarships available.
- Scholarships are awarded based on a
student's merit and grades, not financial need.
scholarships consist of:
- Two-, three-, and
four-year options based on the time remaining to complete your
The option for
room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
allowances for books and fees
scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You
can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:
- 1st year, $300
2nd year, $350
3rd year, $450
4th year, $500
This allowance is
also available to all non-scholarship cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced
Course (3rd and 4th years).
Contact information: Please contact the Enrollment & Outreach Officer at 212-650-6478 or at ROTC@cuny.edu for more
information about joining Army ROTC.