Frequently Asked Questions about Army ROTC

We repeatedly hear the same questions about enrollment in Army ROTC, so we wrote this page to answer some of the questions you are probably now thinking...

Q: If I enroll in Army ROTC, won't I have a service obligation?

A: NO! At the University of Delaware you can take Army ROTC courses for the first two years without incurring a service obligation. All classes are graded and will appear on your transcript. The basic course consists of 2-3 hours a week of out-of-classroom and hands-on instruction.

Q: If I do contract and become a Second Lieutenant, I will have to serve on active duty - right?

A: WRONG! Newly commisioned lieutenants will serve in either the Active Duty or Reserve Forces. Cadets who receive Reserve Duty will serve in local Reserve or National Guard units one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. The Reserves are one of the best adjunct career and retirement systems in the U.S. today; allowing soldiers to serve their nation in uniform while also pursuing another career.

Q: Won't ROTC interfere with my academic pursuits?

A: NO! Our current cadet corps has a cumulative grade point average which is above the general university average. Yes, there are some time demands and some voluntary extracurricular activities that you could participate in, but simply put, ROTC cadets are more mature and are better time managers than many other students. Your academic success is the highest priority and we stress that. You must do well academically to succeed in ROTC.

Q: I see ROTC as a potential interference to my career field. How can you get around that one?

A: The exceptional record of graduating cadets getting good jobs in their fields is well above average. In the Reserves, there is also a lot of job networking and contacts, and most employers view Reservists and Officers leaving active duty in very positive terms. Further, students that emphasize their ROTC enrollment are generally viewed as desirable to most employers for having more competitive leadership and managerial abilities, maturity, and time management skills.

Q: What can Army ROTC do for me even if I only want to enroll for a year or two?

A: If you enroll in Army ROTC, we will help you become a better person in several ways. We have summarized five areas below:

  • Give you better leadership/managerial skills and self-confidence applicable to any field.
  • Provide you personal attention and encouragement to get good grades and mature further. Class sizes are small and everyone is offered personal counseling. We also help schedule tutoring and study groups to help cadets achieve better grades.
  • We will compel you to stay in shape and to improve your physical fitness. Yes, there are some progressive physical requirements; however, you will not see them until your second year in the program.
  • Give you the opportunity to learn what the military is all about these days - the role of the Army and its soldiers (strategy, politics, technology, standards, career fields, etc.).
  • Provide many diverse areas of adventure, fun and learning activities while providing the opportunities for you to make more friends than virtually any other organization on campus. Cadets consistently relate one of the best aspects of the ROTC program is the friends and social life students find among each other - that is what Esprit de Corps, or belonging, is all about. We have it in Army ROTC if you want to become a part.

We intentionally didn't discuss scholarships, which are a major part of the program and benefit to students. Two and three-year scholarships are available for enrolled and non-enrolled on-campus students. For more information on scholarships or anything related to Army ROTC, contact the Recruitring Officer at 1-800-830-ROTC. Best wishes for your academic success.