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What is Army ROTC?

Army ROTC is the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.


Army ROTC cadets learn all the basic soldier and troop leading skills they need to succeed as future officers. Confidence, discipline, respect, and selfless service are all instilled in cadets as they participate in Army ROTC. These traits will be useful regardless of what career path they choose.

Army ROTC is a series of elective courses offered at the University of Colorado- Boulder (CU-Boulder) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM) for students attending CU-Boulder, CSM, University of Colorado-Denver and Health Sciences Center, the University of Denver, Regis University, the Metropolitan State College of Denver, Colorado Christian University, and several nearby community colleges. The program combines topics in military science with practical leadership training to prepare men and women to become Army officers. ROTC also opens doors to a variety of exciting careers, extracurricular activities, and advanced military training. Upon successful completion of the Army ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.

Army ROTC at CU-Boulder will quickly build the confidence and self-discipline necessary to succeed in your studies and help prepare you for success after graduation. You will learn how to motivate and lead others, manage complex tasks, and communicate ideas effectively; the same traits prospective employers will be looking for when you graduate.

ROTC is not an academic major, but it is designed to complement your regular college courses. ROTC courses fit right into your regular college schedule. You can enroll in ROTC for the first two years (the "Basic Course") with no military obligation, unless you apply for and accept an ROTC scholarship. You will be in the company of a diverse group of high caliber individuals with broad interests: individuals who were presidents of their student governments, captains of their varsity sports teams, club presidents, and members of the National Honor Society.

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