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At Virginia Tech, only those students enrolled in the Corps of Cadets may participate in one of the three ROTC programs. While leading to careers and a commission in the Armed Forces, ROTC programs offer participants considerable financial assistance, ranging from $2,000 to $14,000 per year based on two- to four- year programs within each service. Each program provides a subsistence allowance of $350 per month to juniors and $400 to seniors (even if not on scholarship), pays for cadet uniforms for all four years, and provides books for ROTC courses.
Non-scholarship freshmen and sophomores may participate in ROTC without any military service obligation. Each ROTC program requires several courses during the four academic years, some summer training between academic years, and military service after graduation. Such requirements vary according to ROTC program, scholarship status, and choice of military career field.
Army ROTC helps students develop confidence, self-esteem, motivation, and the ability to lead and make decisions. In the classroom, as well as in leadership labs, field and physical training, Army ROTC students learn teamwork skills, make lasting friendships, and receive responsibilities unavailable to the average student.
Navy ROTC / Marine Corps Option
Naval ROTC prepares young men and women to serve their country as commissioned officers in the United States Navy or the United States Marine Corps. Prospective Naval officers can choose careers such as surface warfare, submarines, aviation, special warfare (SEALs), special operations (Navy Diver), and nuclear power. Prospective Marine Corps officers may enter various fields such as infantry, armor and aviation.
Air Force ROTC
Air Force ROTC prepares students for the challenges and responsibilities of a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Graduates of the program enter the active duty Air Force in one of nearly seventy career fields, which include aviation, space and missiles, communications and intelligence, science, and engineering.
Things to Know:
- Scholarships are offered through the Corps and ROTC departments.
- Virginia Tech is one of 2 senior military colleges in the country that have a military program embedded within a larger civilian university.
- Virginia Tech offers all 4 ROTC programs: Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force.
- Your are not required to participate in an ROTC program to join the Corps. Our Citizen-Leader Track program is a great way to gain leadership experience without incurring military obligations after graduating.