- Visit the Army ROTC website and submit your application early (if possible during spring of your junior year). Deadline Jan 10 of senior year, but many scholarships are actually awarded to qualified applicants before the deadline. Scholarship Boards meet in Oct/Jan/Apr. Best website is: www.goarmy.com/rotc
- On the application list at least seven colleges you want to attend, in order of preference. Be realistic. Call the ROTC departments and speak with the recruiting officer. Find out the general academic quality of those who are accepted to the school. Match your profile against both the ROTC scholarship winners and those being accepted for admission by the admissions office.
- If you are considering applying to a college that doesn't have it's own ROTC program, but has an agreement with a host program, realize that the host campus is where the majority of training and classes takes place and you might have to drive to the host several times a week.
- Besides the 4 year scholarship, many programs offer scholarships during the freshman or sophomore year-ask! Also ask about college-provided incentives which vary from none to free room and board and Critical Language Incentive Pay. Scholarships are also available for Science Technology Engineering and Math Majors and for select Language Majors.
- Make an appointment to visit with your regional admissions counselor in the admissions office of each school you list. At the same time, make an appointment to visit the ROTC recruiting officer (called the "ROO") or ROTC director (called PMS-Professor of Military Science). Bring your parent(s) to this meeting if possible, but be sure it comes across that YOU (not your parents) want to become an Army Officer and compete for a scholarship. Give good reasons why you want to serve (NOT just for the money).
- If you have a preference for serving in the Army National Guard, or Army Reserves, ask about the availability of "Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty" scholarships.
- Practice and take the Army Physical Fitness Readiness Test (APFT). Let the ROTC recruiter or PMS know what your score is. Offer to go to Physical Training (PT) on a morning w/ the ROTC Cadets, if your schedule permits.
- If you are offered an ROTC scholarship, you will be sent instructions to schedule and take a DODMERB physical. For most applicants becoming medically qualified is the hardest step. Ensure you follow up on any remedial medical issues right away! Pursue relentlessly a waiver for any medical condition that might initially disqualify you. Asthma, mental and heart issues are hard to impossible to overcome. Just about everything else is waiverable.
- Stay engaged with the ROTC department and the admissions office; things can change with both ROTC scholarship and college admissions decisions right up until school start. If, for instance, an applicant drops out, the next one on the list gets the call.
Army ROTC scholarships are valuable in many ways and provide a wide variety of options to fit your educational needs:
Ø Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
Ø Scholarships cover full tuition and fees or room and board
Ø $1200 annual book allowance
Ø Some schools also offer additional grants that help cover costs
Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowance or stipend for each school year up to 10 months. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:
Ø 1st year$300 per month
Ø 2nd year$350 per month
Ø 3rd year$450 per month
Ø 4th year$500 per month
LEADER'S TRAINING COURSE
If you don't want to commit as a freshman in college, it's ok to change your mind later. Between your sophomore and junior year, you can attend Leader's Training Course (LTC)
Ø Four week course that serves as a make-up for the first two years of ROTC.
Ø The best qualified Cadets can earn a two-year scholarship after successful completion of LTC.
Even if you decide to not continue with ROTC, LTC is a valuable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
There are a number of programs which you may qualify for:
Ø Critical Language Incentive Pay (CLIP) is a program for Cadets studying a variety of languages valuable to the Army. You can earn up to $2000 per semester in addition to your monthly stipend for attaining a C average or better.
Ø You can compete to attend Airborne School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare School, Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT), or other Army Internships.
Ø The Army will pay up to $6,000 in travel expenses for you to study abroad in a non-English speaking country.