The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) is an in-college, officer-commissioning program that adds a layer of military training to your education. Upon successful completion of the AROTC training program and receipt of at least a bachelor's degree, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army and will embark on specialized training in your first army branch.
Upon completion of officer branch training and a first assignment, you may pursue additional specialized training and postgraduate education opportunities. As an officer, you will be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions in upper management. Also, you may develop doctrine, teach military tactics, or serve as advisors.
AROTC has a total of 273 host programs with more than 1,100 partnership and affiliate schools across the country. It produces approximately 60 percent of the second lieutenants who join the active army, army reserve and army national guard. More than 40 percent of current active duty army general officers were commissioned through ROTC.
AROTC is a diverse group of men and women with more than 20,000 cadets currently enrolled. Women have been an integral part of AROTC since the first group of women was commissioned in 1976. Today, women constitute 20 percent of the cadets.