Spotlight on ROTC

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The ROTC program presents students with a unique opportunity to develop invaluable skills and experiences that will prepare them for a career in the military or civilian life. The aim of the program is to help with leadership experiences, time management, focus and direction.

The ROTC program offers tuition, room and board and book scholarships for students under contract. Once new cadets meet the medical, physical and administrative requirements, they will also receive monthly stipends of $420.

“There are numerous benefits that come with joining ROTC, some of which include leadership experience, students can get their tuition paid for, an increase in fitness and guidance in the direction that best fits the student,” Captain Edwin Pitts said.

The requirements for joining are being between the ages of 17-26 years old, having a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher, having a minimum score of 1000 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT and agreeing to accept a commission and serve in the army as an active duty member, National Guard or a reserve officer.

The simultaneous membership program allows soldiers to serve in the Army or National Guard while participating in ROTC in college.

Members receive both benefits from the Army or National Guard and their ROTC stipends that can be used for tuition or room and board.

There is also a non-scholarship program for students who don’t want to join the Army or National Guard. Students that acquire 30 college credits and meet the appropriate requirements can also receive the $420-a-month stipend.

“All races and sexes are welcome; the cadets that we currently have contracted are predominantly female, but we have cadets of all sexes, races, and different backgrounds,” said Sargent Joseph Butler.

If you would like to know more about ROTC, Captain Pitts, and Sargent Butler visit ROTC, SFC Joseph Butler’s background, and CPT Edwin Pitts’s background.