What is Army ROTC?



Officers in the Army possess the skills necessary to lead others through the most challenging of circumstances.

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was born when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million Officers. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military.

Army ROTC is a diverse group of men and women with more than 20,000 Cadets currently enrolled. Women have been an integral part of Army ROTC since the first group of women were commissioned in 1976. Today, women constitute 20 percent of the Cadets.

Army ROTC has a total of 273 host programs with more than 1,100 partnership and affiliate schools across the country. It produces approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. More than 40 percent of current Active Duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC. Army ROTC provides Cadets with the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.

Army ROTC Facts at a Glance

Army ROTC remains the broadest path for young men and women seeking to serve the nation as officers in the Army.  It is the Active Army's largest single source of commissioned officer-leaders.

Army ROTC is the college elective that teaches decision making, management skills, leadership and discipline that will enhance a young man or woman's future success in either the military or a civilian career.

The majority of officers serving in today's Active Army got their start through the Army ROTC program.

Since it was formally organized in 1916, more than a half million men and women have become officers through the Army ROTC program.

More than a half of the General Officers in the Active Component of the Army got their start through the ROTC program.

Prominent Army ROTC Alumni

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

George C. Marshall, WWII Chief of Staff of the Army

Samuel Alito, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Samuel Walton, founder of Walmart

Lenny Wilkens, NBA coach

Earl Graves - Chairman and Publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine

Nancy Sherlock Currie - Space Shuttle Astronaout

Lou Holtz - Legendary football coach

Leon Panetta - Secretary of Defense

Robert Novak - Syndicated newspaper columnist and CNN panelist