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HISTORY

DID YOU KNOW…?

 

  • Oklahoma State University was established as a charter Army ROTC University in 1916.
  • OSU Army ROTC has commissioned over 6000 officers since 1920.
  • OSU Army ROTC has over 80 alumni who attained the rank of General Officer during their military career.

 

 

1. All full-time students attending Oklahoma State University have the opportunity to participate in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. Army ROTC is an interesting and exciting program that students can start during their freshman or sophomore years with no military obligation. ROTC develops leadership skills and builds self-confidence through challenging activities like rappelling, land navigation, and rifle marksmanship. Students study time management, communications, and small group decision-making. Contracted cadets have the opportunity of earning a commission as an officer in the United States Army, the United States Army Reserve, or in the National Guard upon completion of their college degree and ROTC program.

 

2. The Program: The four-year program consists of two parts, the Basic Course and the Advanced Course.

 

  • a. The Basic Course covers the freshman and sophomore years. It is designed to familiarize students with the Army and teach vital leadership skills. The Basic Course may be waived if the student possesses prior military service or attends the five-week Army ROTC Leaders Training Course held each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • b. Beginning in the junior year, the Advanced Course concentrates on more complex military and leadership skills with an emphasis on building competent confident leaders. At this point the student signs a contract with the government to pursue a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army (either on active duty, or with the Army Reserve or National Guard). ROTC requires full-time student status and positive degree completion progress. Advanced Course students receive a monthly allowance of $350 per month for juniors and $400 per month for seniors.

 

3. Scholarships: Army ROTC offers four-, three-, and two-year scholarships. The scholarships cover up to $17,500 per year toward tuition and fees. It also provides $600 per school year for textbooks, school supplies, and required equipment. In addition to these generous benefits, scholarship cadets receive a monthly allowance of $250 per month for freshmen, $300 per month for sophomores, $350 per month for juniors, and $400 per month for seniors during the school year. High School Seniors can apply for a Four-Year Scholarship online at www.armyrotc.com. The deadline for the four-year scholarship is 15 November, however, it is advisable to get the application in as early in the summer as possible. Students applying for the three- and two-year scholarships must do so through the Army ROTC Enrollment Counselor at OSU.

 

 

4. Common Misconceptions:

 

  • a. Mandatory Active Duty: Non-scholarship students who do not wish to serve on active duty may sign a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) contract. Should this contract be entered, the only active duty the student will be required to serve is his/her Officer Basic Course (OBC). OBC averages about five months. After completion of OBC, the only service time required is that of the Army Reserve or National Guard unit to which he/she is assigned (usually one weekend a month, and two weeks annually).
  • b. Physical Training: Physical training (PT) is not required for non-scholarship students attending the Basic Course. PT is required, three days a week, for scholarship and Advanced Course students. PT is designed to improve the students’ level of physical fitness while familiarizing the student with the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) program.
  • c. Basic Training: No student is ever required to attend basic training (Boot Camp). If a student wishes to enter the program and is already an academic junior, they may substitute the Basic Course with prior service experience or by attending the Leadership Training Camp (LTC) during the summer. LTC is a fully paid, five-week training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, designed to teach basic military skills through hands-on experience. Students team up with other college students from all over the country to help develop a sense of teamwork and leadership skills. While there, you may compete for a two-year scholarship. These merit based scholarships are awarded to the most outstanding students.

 

5. It is important to note that although Army ROTC training is an important part of the students’ college education; it is by no means the most important. Our goal is to ensure that our students graduate with the best possible education. We are dedicated to ensuring that the students’ whole college experience is a successful one.

For additional information about the OSU Army ROTC program, please visit us on the web at www.okstate.edu/artsci/army or contact us at armyrotc@okstate.edu or call 405-744-2046.