The ROTC four-year program is divided into a basic course, which encompasses the freshman and sophomore years, and the advanced course, which encompasses the junior and senior years.
The two-year program is designed for students who make the decision later in college to join ROTC and seek an Army commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Students enrolling in the two-year program attend a 35-day Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky., between their sophomore and junior years.
Students may enroll in any ROTC course offered; however, if the student is enrolled in the program for commissioning credit, completion of the basic course or basic course credit is a prerequisite for enrollment in the advanced course.
Military science courses include a weekly leadership lab, physical training (for scholarship students, juniors and seniors), and one three or four-day field training exercise per semester (for juniors and seniors). Students may compete for two- and three-year Army scholarships.
ROTC Scholarship Benefits
- Full tuition
- Mercer University offers free room and board to ROTC scholarship cadets
- Provides $1200 annually for books
- Spending stipend of $300-$500 a month, based on year group
- 8 year commitment in the U.S. Army. Service obligation can be served in the National Guard, Army Reserve, or on Active Duty.
How to Apply
- High school students apply
- College students apply
- Enlisted soldiers apply or contact Major A. J. Cox
Why Army ROTC?
Aside from offering a scholarship that pays for school and also pays you a monthly spending stipend, Army ROTC offers you an opportunity for adventure. Whether you seek a scholarship or just want to participate in the program for college credit, Army ROTC can be an amazing experience for people from all walks of life. And yes, scholarship Cadets can jump out of planes. Additionally, our program seeks to:
- Sharpen leadership skills that will benefit you throughout your life.
- Build self-confidence in working as a leader and a team member.
- Gain skills in time management, organization and decision making.
- Develop discipline in physical fitness and endurance.
- Share in the commitment of service to our nation.