Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in, called branches. Learn more about Branches and Specialties at ArmyROTC.com.
The average week will include 6-7 hours of ROTC activities which include: three 1-hour physical training sessions before class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings; a 1-hour class, once a week for underclassmen and a twice a week for upperclassmen; and a 2-hour lab on Wednesday mornings after physical training. Some of our additional training opportunities include weekend long Field Training Exercises, formal events such as a Dining-In and Military Ball, awards ceremonies, Ranger Challenge, and for select individuals summer training to conduct Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare, Northern Warfare, Cadet Internships or Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency.
Upon completion of Officer branch training and a first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and post-graduate education opportunities. You will most likely be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions. Also, you may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors.
Who We're Looking For
Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.
Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate in the Basic Course your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. However, Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.
- You can serve full time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners)
- Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career
It's an experience that you can't get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Contact Loyola's Military Science department for more specific details on your Army ROTC service commitment.