Why choose Army ROTC over a strictly Civilian Education and Career?
1.) There is no other leadership program like Army ROTC, especially not one that PAYS YOU. The management skills Cadets receive in the program can prove to be very helpful in your future civilian career. Businessmen like Sam Walton and Earl Graves are examples of ROTC graduates who transferred their skills to the civilian world.
2.) You would be hard pressed to find a job that gives new graduates the same amount of responsibility and decision making as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. If you can lead a platoon of twenty plus Soldiers in a hostile environment or distribute thousands of gallons of fuel to multiple units on a strict time schedule, the civilian world won’t be that intimidating. See the graph below to see a comparison of the number of people you could lead in the Army vs. common civilian jobs.
3.) Graduate Debt Free! In order for one to graduate debt free without ROTC, students would have to either work multiple part time jobs, be funded by family, or receive some type of significant scholarship.
4.) Go National Guard or Reserves and get the best of both worlds. If you want to work in the civilian world shortly after graduation You Can! After graduating from ROTC and BOLC-B (training specific to your Army branch), you can be a Guard/Reserve Officer and will simply have to "drill" one weekend per month and do a two week training exercise each summer.
5.) Get a strong resume! The catch-22 of the civilian job market is that you need a strong resume to get a good job but can’t get experience if you don’t previously have it. Listing four years as an Army Officer will look good on ANY job application.
6.) Have a guaranteed job after graduation. New Officers receive very competitive salaries (about $45,000/yr not including allowances) and an extremely impressive set of benefits including dental/health care, and an extra housing and food allowance.
Why Choose Army ROTC over the other Military Services' ROTC?
1.) The Army ROTC leadership development program is second to none. Please see About ROTC to read about our training.
2.) The Army is by far the largest branch in terms of Soldiers with approximately 507,000 active duty Soldiers as compared to 347,500 Sailors, 347,000 Airmen, and 180,000 Marines. This means that as an Army Officer you have a much more diverse field of jobs to choose from and greater room for advancement. EVERYONE contributes to the fight but as an Army Officer there are opportunities to lead units fighting at the ‘tip of the spear’ and to lead supporting units requiring a great deal of technical knowledge. It is very common to switch from one side of the spectrum to the other throughout one’s career. In the other branches it TENDS to be MAINLY ‘tip of the spear’ types of missions or MAINLY ‘rear with the gear’ types of missions.
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3.) Army ROTC offers a chance to work with National Guard and Reserve units. This includes the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) in which Cadets can train with enlisted Reserve Component (RC) Soldiers and Officers while they are also training as Cadets at the University. While a Cadet is in the SMP, they are non-deployable even if their unit deploys. This is just another opportunity to get more experience (and a little more money) before becoming a platoon leader yourself.
4.) Greater opportunity to work as a ‘part time’ Soldier after commissioning. The Army is the only branch that has both a National Guard and Reserves included in its Reserve Component. This means that if you desire to have a civilian job immediately after college you will have the greatest opportunity to do so with the Army.
* Reserve Officers drill at units distributed throughout the country while NG Officers choose a state they want to serve in and drill at a unit within that state (transferring from one state’s NG to another is relatively easy).