CSUN ROTC

  • 2015 Commissioned Second Lieutenants group photo

    Congratulations 2018 Second Lieutenants

  • Cadets of UCLA ROTC Battalion posing for a picture

    Bruin Battalion Fall LDX

  • Cadets walking and holding dummy rifles, Ranger Challenge Team

    Ranger Challenge Competition

  • Cadets after Physical training and Cadet plotting land navigation on a map
  • Cadet getting pushed off jumping board with dummy rifle and Cadets at obstacle course

FAQs

By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?

No. Students who enroll in ROTC don't join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It's considered a college elective.

 

 

If I try out ROTC, will I have a contractual obligation to the Army?

No, During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate you to serve unless you have received a scholarship. You can do the first 2 years of the program as a participant with NO contractual commitment.

Will I have to go to Basic Training (boot camp)? Is ROTC like "boot camp"?

No, Cadets do not attend basic training and ROTC is not like boot camp. Although, Cadets must attend a 4 week summer training the summer before their senior year at Fort Knox, KY. 

Will I deploy if I join ROTC?

Students can not be deployed while they are Cadets.

How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my daily life? Do Cadets experience normal college life?

Army ROTC Cadets have the same lifestyles and academic schedules as any other college students. They are students first and many are involved in other activities (campus clubs, fraternities/sororities, athletic teams, work part-time, etc.).

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 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

What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?

Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.

What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, an ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through a tactical exercise. 

What is the ROTC course comprised of?

The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course studies Army history, organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?

No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. And regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC books, supplies and equipment are furnished at not cost to you.

How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

Can I go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?

Yes. Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.