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Frequently asked questions

Q: What is my commitment after graduation?

A: Upon contracting into the ROTC program (after MIL 301 or any ROTC tuition scholarships), it is an 8-year commitment on Active Duty or Reserve Component (National Guard or Reserves). Active Duty commitment is 4 years and 4 years of Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) and National Guard or Reserves commitment is 6 years and 2 years IRR.

Q: By enrolling in ROTC am I joining the Army?

A: No. Students who enroll in ROTC do not join the Army. They simply take an Army ROTC class for which they receive college credit. It's considered an elective course of study. Students who are enrolled in the Army ROTC curriculum are also called Cadets.

Q: Is ROTC like "boot camp" or Basic Training?

A: No. You'll focus on your academic degree at MSU. Along the way you'll complete a series of Army ROTC courses, should you decide to continue with our program. You won't attend "Boot Camp".

Q: How much money will I get while enrolled in ROTC?

A: Upon contracting in the ROTC program you will get the following STIPEND, which is dependent on education level:
Freshmen = $300
Sophomore = $450
Junior = $400
Senior = $450

Q: Can Graduate Level students enroll in Army ROTC?

A: Yes, Graduate Level students can enroll in Army ROTC. Murray State Universities Army ROTC program has had students seeking Master’s Degrees successfully complete the program. Additionally, the Army ROTC program actively seeks students pursuing critical skill areas such as doctors, pharmacists, chaplains, and attorneys.

Q: How much time does Army ROTC take each week?

A: ROTC Cadets spend their time like typical college students. All that is required is a few hours a week for class, physical training, and leadership lab.

Q: How can Army ROTC help me as I adjust to college Life?

A: You will immediately become part of an organization, team, and another type of family. You'll meet many students and make lasting friendships. You'll get to know other MSU students who have similar academic interests. The Racer Battalion can assist you in many ways as you complete your adjustment to the university.

Q: What can I expect to learn by taking Army ROTC classes?

A: You'll learn basic military skills such as land navigation, first aid, rifle marksmanship, small unit tactics, and rappelling. You'll learn about military history, organization, and structure. You'll develop skills in communication, decision making, problem solving, and leadership.

Q: What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

A: Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "hands on" training. We will challenge you to tackle and solve various tasks and situations. You'll develop skills and self confidence.

Q: Is there a military obligation during college?

A: During the first two years, prior to completing a contract, ROTC Cadets have no military obligation. Students who enter the Army ROTC Advanced course do incur a service obligation following graduation.

Q: What is the ROTC curriculum comprised of?

A: The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course focuses on Army history, organization, and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout along with an emphasis on basic military skills. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command. You'll learn a great deal. You'll be well prepared to become an Army Officer, a leader, and a member of a team should you choose to complete the curriculum.

Q: Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?

A: Yes. Each year thousands of students attending colleges nationwide receive scholarships. Army ROTC awards scholarships to students studying science, engineering, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors. These are substantial financial scholarships. In some cases, Army ROTC scholarships provide complete financial coverage. All scholarships include full tuition as well as a monthly stipend and an allowance for books and supplies. To apply, go to our scholarships page

Q: What does the Scholarship pay?

A: The ROTC program may have available:

  • 2,3 and 4-year ROTC Scholarships (pays 100% tuition, $900 for books)
  • MSU ROTC tuition scholarship
  • MSU Housing Scholarships (pays 100% of on-campus housing)
  • Nursing Scholarship (pays 100% tuition, fees, uniforms, $900 for books, NCLEX prep guide /exam)

**These scholarships are based on availability, GPA, ACT scores and passing the ROTC medical exam and meeting ARMY weight/height and fitness standards.

Q: On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

A: ROTC scholarships are based on merit, not financial need. Merit is measured by academic achievement, extracurricular activities (i.e. sports, student government, or part-time work), and military officer potential. Medical qualification is also a requirement.

Q: Can only scholarship winners enroll in Army ROTC?

A: Virtually any MSU student can enroll in ROTC Basic course classes. Most of our Cadets are not scholarship recipients. All advanced course Cadets receive some level of financial support.

Q: How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

A: In college and after graduation, Cadets find that the training and experience they receive are assets; whether pursuing a Military or civilian career. Employers place high value on the management and leadership skills stressed by ROTC instructors. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. Upon completion of the ROTC course, and graduation, our Cadets are commissioned as Officers in the U.S. Army.

Q: So what happens after I graduate from college and the ROTC program?

A: You begin your service as an Army Officer. You'll serve for a limited time either on Active Duty (full time) or in the Army Reserve or National Guard (part time). You'll have the opportunity to lead other Soldiers while earning an attractive salary with generous benefits. You'll grow professionally and personally while serving your country.

Q: What types of career opportunities are available?

A: The Army is a large and complex organization. There are opportunities for Officers with varied skills and interests. Among the areas of assignment are:

  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Logistics
  • Aviation
  • Intelligence
  • Finance
  • Medical/Nursing
  • Legal
  • Various Combat Branches
  • for more on these and other branches check out the Branch Orientation Website

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