Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the country. It is offered at 9 colleges and universities in the state of Alabama. During your time in college, ROTC will complement your education with instruction in leadership development, goal setting, military science, decision making and problem solving. Army ROTC will provide you an opportunity to develop these skills outside the classroom with practical, hands-on exercises and leadership training events. When you graduate and complete all of the training and academic requirements of the program, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant – an officer in the Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.
So, What’s ROTC Like?
We asked Dirk Tyson, Recruiting Operations Officer at the University of South Alabama Army ROTC. Of course we wanted the scoop on college scholarship opportunities, but we also wanted to know what it’s like to be a part of the program in a typical week. While details and opportunities may vary from school to school, Recruiting Operations Officer Dirk Tyson from the University of South Alabama gave us the details:
Q: What kind of scholarships are available to ROTC participants?
There are several scholarship opportunities for students. 4yr scholarships, 3yr scholarships, 2yr and even scholarships for grad school. Our scholarships cover tuition and fees: $1,200 each year for books and a graduated monthly stipend that begins at $300.00 per academic month as a freshmen and ends at $500.00 per academic month as a senior.
Q: Does participating in ROTC mean you enlist after graduating?
No, you don’t enlist. After graduation you will be a Commissioned Officer in the Army if you complete ROTC and your degree requirements. You will have the option to go into the National Guard, Army Reserves or compete for active Duty.
Q: How much time per week should students expect to dedicate to ROTC? Can you tell us briefly what the program is like?
It varies based on academic class, but basically they have a class and a weekly lab. Once contracted you will be coming to physical training (PT) three days a week for an hour each. We also train one weekend each semester in the woods on a field training exercise (FTX).
Q: What other opportunities are available in the program?
ROTC Clubs Scabbard and Blade is the honor’s society of Army ROTC. You must be selected based on your performance in school and ROTC.
Ranger Challenge is a club through ROTC in which you will compete against other Universities ROTC programs. The team is selective and you must show willingness to push and motivate your peers. To be qualified for this team you must show high motivation and the ability to become physically fit. This is a great way to stay in shape, and meet other cadets from other universities.
Color Guard participates at the Jaguar sporting events by conducting gameday opening ceremonies. They also help with the University of South Alabama’s ceremonies and sponsored parades.
If you like to participate in a variety of sports, we also have intramural flag football, Softball, Basketball, Water polo, Volleyball, etc. Jaguar Joggers is our running club.