Army ROTC was established in the New Orleans Area at Tulane University and Loyola University in 1947. Initially, Tulane University was activated to produce officers for the Army Transportation Corps, while Loyola University was detailed to train and commission officers for the Military Police. Both programs were established and remained independent of each other until 1978.
After the enrollment declines of the sixties and seventies had passed, the decision was made in 1978 to expand Army ROTC to include students from several of the local public and private universities. Under the leadership of Colonel Kenneth L. Wenn, Army ROTC was offered to students attending the University of New Orleans, Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans, and Xavier University of Louisiana. At that time, separate headquarters at Loyola and Tulane merged into one Army ROTC Headquarters. Only one Professor of Military Science, located at Loyola University, was assigned to the New Orleans area. The Consortium concept was born, and the New Orleans Area Consortium was recognized as the New Orleans Area Instructor Group (NOAIG).
With the deactivation of the New Orleans Area Instructor Group (NOAIG) came three separate Host Universities. The headquarters at Loyola divided up the personnel assets, but retained control over the consolidated Supply Room and Arms Room operation. The University of New Orleans, Tulane University and Loyola University were, for a short period, independent Host institutions. Tulane University exercised a cross-enrollment agreement with Xavier University. The University of New Orleans had an extension-center agreement with Dillard University and a cross-enrollment agreement with Southern University at New Orleans. Loyola University had no extension centers or cross-enrolled universities.
Due to historical low enrollment and production figures at the University of New Orleans and Loyola University, both universities fell prey to the ever-tightening Army budget and by June 1986 it was official that only one Host University would operate in the New Orleans area. Based on its solid production rate, Tulane University assumed the role of the New Orleans area's sole ROTC Host institution in 1987, when Loyola University's request for co-host status with Tulane was denied. Loyola University, The University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans, and Dillard University are currently represented as extension schools within Tulane University's Army ROTC program.
ENROLLING IN ROTC
Start Strong in life – enroll in Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the college elective for undergraduate and graduate students that provides unrivalled leadership training for success in any career field. If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career.
Available at over 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide, it offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition and open educational opportunities.
Whether you’re in high school, college or already in the Army, you can become anofficer in today’s Army through joining ROTC.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
If you’re a high school junior or senior and are interested in enrolling in Army ROTC, you can find more than 1,100 colleges and universities that carry an Army ROTC program or talk to your academic advisor about the opportunity.
Learn about Army ROTC scholarships for high school students
If you’re interested in enrolling in Army ROTC and you are in college, you can start by talking to the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer on your campus about taking the Army ROTC basic elective course and about the incentives available, including opportunities to compete for two-, three-, or four-year merit-based scholarships.
JUNIOR COLLEGE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS
If you have two years remaining in junior college or graduate school, you are still eligible to enroll in Army ROTC. Talk to the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer on your campus.
CADET INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING
This course is for those college students who want to complete Army ROTC training in two years. To qualify, you must complete a challenging and motivating 28-day training program at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon completion of Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), graduates return to campus prepared to enter the advanced course. Talk to the Army ROTC Enrollment Officer on your campus.
Learn about Army ROTC scholarships for college students.
If you are an enlisted Soldier in the Army and interested in becoming an officer, find out more about opportunities for Soldiers.
Learn about Army ROTC scholarships for Enlisted Soldiers.
SIMULTANEOUS MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM (SMP)
The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S.Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as officer trainees in the Army Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Army Reserve/National Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTCallowances.
See the other paths to become an Army officer.
ARMY PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS PROGRAM
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program is an innovative, strategic Army marketing and recruiting program that establishes partnership program with a cross-section of U.S. industries and public sector agencies. ROTC cadets enrolled in the PaYS program are eligible for a job interview and possible employment after college requirements and commissioning.
Learn more about the Army Pays program.
ARMY ROTC: COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FAQ's
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS
- Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?
Enrolling in Army ROTC is not, strictly speaking, joining the Army. You will not be sent to boot camp. However, the primary purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce its Officers, so you must agree to serve as Officers in the Army after graduation in order to go through the entire program, or if you have received an ROTC scholarship. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate you to serve unless you have also received a scholarship. For more details, see: Service Commitment.
- What kinds of scholarships are available in Army ROTC? Are any of the scholarships retroactive?
Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships, which pay full tuition and fees, include a separate allowance for books, and a monthly stipend of up to $5,000 a year. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.
- What is my Army service obligation to pay back any scholarship benefits or for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced Course?
Scholarship winners must serve for four years; non-scholarship Cadets who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve for three years. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. For more details, and answers to common questions, see: Service Commitment.
- What good is Army ROTC for a career outside of the Army?
Army ROTC is one of the only college programs that teaches leadership. This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing and motivating people or fostering teamwork. Young Army Officersare typically responsible for hundreds of Soldiers and millions of dollars in equipment; this kind of management experience can be very attractive for post-Army employers. For more details, see: Legacy & Value.
- Why should I choose Army ROTC over a different branch's ROTC?
The Army offers a wider range of career opportunities, in more places around the world, than any other U.S. military branch.
- How do I learn more about the Army?
Starting by exploring the Army experience from our Home Page is a great start.
ACADEMICS AND LIFESTYLE
- Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?
Army ROTC Cadets are allowed to major in nearly all academic areas.
- What are Army ROTC courses like? How will the class work help me? Will ROTC classes interfere with my other studies?
Army ROTC classes normally involve one elective class and one lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. These courses can help students with personal and academic decision making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life, even before graduating and becoming Officers. For more details, see: Curriculum.
- How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my daily life? Do Cadets experience normal college life and activities?
Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college students. They join fraternities and sororities. They participate in varsity team and individual sports. They take part in community service projects. But there are two intensive Army ROTC courses that take place on Army Posts, usually during the summer:
- Leader's Training Course—This four-week summer course at Fort Knox, Kentucky is ONLY for students who enroll in Army ROTC without having taken the first two years of military science classes.
- Leader Development and Assessment Course—All Cadets who enter the Advanced Course must attend this five-week summer course at Fort Lewis, WA between their junior and senior years.
- What are the chances that I will be deployed to support the Global War on Terrorism?
It depends on the Army branch the Cadet chooses and the unit to which he/she is assigned. However, Army missions and challenges are always changing, so there's no way to know in advance which specialties and units will be needed where. All Soldiers in the Army or Army Reserve face the possibility of deployment at some point during their careers. But all Soldiers are fully trained and proficient in the tasks and drills of their units. And Officers are specifically trained to make the right decisions so that missions can be carried out safely and successfully.
- Can I go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?
Yes. Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. For more details, see: Active Duty & Army Reserve or the Army National Guard website.
- What is the typical career path for an Army Officer? What career fields are available?
Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as U.S. Army Second Lieutenants. They then receive specialized training in one of 17 different Army branches. During their Army careers, they'll receive regular professional training as they advance through the ranks, and they'll have many opportunities for advanced leadership positions and post-graduate education.
- What kind of salary and benefits will I earn as a commissioned Army Officer?
Visit the Benefits section of this site for complete details and answers to common questions. Specifically, the Money sub-section provides details on pay for both Officers and Enlisted Soldiers.