Frequently Asked Questions


Will ROTC help me in careers outside the military?

Yes. The leadership and management training offered by ROTC is incredibly valuable in today's job market. Improved confidence and organizational skills will make anyone with ROTC on their résumé very attractive to employers. 


What kind of training will I receive in ROTC? 

ROTC training ranges from classroom instruction to firing live ammunition on the range. Cadets at Michigan Tech are exposed to many new experiences. Hands-on leadership labs, rappelling, land navigation, orienteering, survival skills, first aid, physical fitness, problem-solving obstacle courses, field tactics, and marksmanship are just some of the types of training Michigan Tech ROTC cadets receive. 


What active duty commitment is there for joining ROTC? 

None. Only scholarship cadets incur any kind of commitment. Those cadets are required to serve in the army as a commissioned officer for four years with a $45,000 per year starting salary, and $70,000 within four years. 


If I join, will it limit what majors I can take? 

No. If you are enrolled in a four-year program as a full time student, you can major in whatever you want. 


Can I join if I am on campus already?

Yes. Students who decide to enroll in ROTC late in their freshman or sophomore year can still enroll in ROTC through a course acceleration program called Basic Camp, a four-week training event located in Fort Knox, Kentucky.