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Army ROTC cadets at the University of Colorado enjoy many fun activities, like weekend ski trips.
Army ROTC cadets at the University of Colorado enjoy many fun activities, like weekend ski trips.

The Military Science program sponsors several social and professional activities as well as community service events. The social highlight of the school year is a formal Military Ball in the spring. CU-Boulder Army ROTC also sponsors cadet visits to Army installations. Cadets gain valuable and practical leadership experience by organizing and executing these extracurricular activities

Cadets participate in a Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) for 29 days the summer after their junior year. Many seek additional training such as Airborne or Air Assault schools and officer “apprenticeships” at military installations throughout the United States, Korea, and Germany. You’ll also be invited to get into top shape through an organized physical fitness program. CU-Boulder cadets are also leaders on campus. Some hold office in student government and fraternities. Others are active in professional organizations and campus athletics. 

There are a number of financial benefits that you can apply for and receive depending on your eligibility. Contact the Military Science department to find out the eligibility requirements for each of these benefits and which ones may apply to you:

ROTC Scholarship Full tuition and mandatory fees plus a $900/year book allowance
CH 30 Montgomery GI Bil $900/month (full-time)
CH 1606 Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill $272/month (full-time)
Federal Tuition Assistance (USAR only) 75-100% tuition, up to $3500/year
State Tuition Reimbursement (ARNG only) 80-100% tuition
Drill Pay as E-5 (FY04) $226/month
ROTC Stipend Freshmen: $300/month
Sophomore: $350/month
Junior: $400/month
Senior: $500/month

For more information, visit the Scholarships page.

The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP):

Are you a member of the National Guard or the Army Reserve and desire the opportunity to earn a commission in the Active or Reserve Forces? If so, the SMP Program is for you. This two-year or three-year program is for actively drilling Army Reserve soldiers or Army National Guardsman who desire to serve as an officer after graduation. You can enter into an SMP Non-Scholarship Contract at the beginning of your sophomore or junior year. Some of the benefits include:

  • Continue to receive your GI Bill and Educational Benefits
  • Continue to receive Tuition Assistance or Tuition Reimbursement
  • Serve in your unit as an SMP Cadet at the Grade of E-5
  • Receive a stipend of $350-500 per month from ROTC as a contracted SMP Cadet
  • Receive a $350 per month kicker (if eligible) - Army National Guard only
  • Compete for Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) two-year scholarships (if you would like to serve your entire military commitment in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)

Are you a sophomore or junior with at least four semesters of college left?

Or are you a senior who is considering grad school?

If you fall into either of these categories and have not taken all four semesters of the ROTC “Basic Course”, the Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) could be just what you are looking for!

CIET (previously LTC) is a 4-week summer course at Fort Knox, KY. Attendance at CIET will get you “caught-up” on what you missed by not taking all (or any) of the ROTC “Basic Course” classes and make you eligible to begin the ROTC Advanced Course as a junior or grad school student. If you have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, you are also eligible to compete for a 2-Year Scholarship that will take affect when you begin school in the fall.

Contact the Military Science Department for more information.

Specialty Schools:

As an Army ROTC cadet you are eligible to compete for slots to attend an Army Specialty School (subject to specialty school availability).

Specialty schools that the Army ROTC cadets typically have an opportunity to attend are:

  • Airborne School
  • Air Assault School
  • Northern Warfare School
  • Mountain Warfare School
  • Ranger School

For more information, visit the Training page


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