Army ROTC provides cadets with the classes, field training, and discipline to become an Army officer—along with financial assistance with tuition and expenses. Army ROTC also offers basic elective courses in Military Science that are open to all UT students.
Ways to Participate
The first half of the four-year Army ROTC program is the Basic Course. It includes ROTC classes that are open to all students, allowing those who are not on an Army ROTC scholarship to try out the program with no obligation. You can start at any time during your freshman or sophomore years by simply registering for Army ROTC classes. Classes meet once or twice a week for one hour with an accompanying leadership lab that provides hands-on experience and training in such areas as rappelling, first aid, land navigation, paintball, field leadership exercises, and other military skills.
The second half of the program, the Advanced Course, is competitive and prepares ROTC cadets for their future roles as US Army officers. These junior, senior, and graduate-level courses cover military tactics, small unit leadership, command and staff functions, and ethics of leadership. Advanced Course cadets also lead the Rocky Top Cadet Battalion, where they plan cadet activities and assist with leadership labs. Throughout the program, cadets have opportunities for special military training such as Airborne and Air Assault Schools or summer leadership internships at Army installations around the world. Cadets also have opportunity to participate in extracurricular actives such as the Color Guard, Tennessee Rangers, and Scabbard and Blade (academic honors). These student organizations reinforce training provided in the classroom and further develop individual leadership skills.
Two-, three-, and four-year scholarships are available on a competitive basis to qualifying cadets. See the US Army ROTC website for requirements and additional information.