How do I take classes?

It’s easy!  Army ROTC courses are listed in the University of Colorado Boulder Course Catalog under Military Science (MILR). If you are attending one of our partnership or affiliate schools you must refer to their course catalog. Then just register for the classes you want when you select your other courses for a semester.  There is no military obligation to take the MILR 1000 and MILR 2000 level courses.  However, the MILR 3000 and MILR 4000 level classes are for eligible students only and incur an obligation to the military.

Do I have an obligation to the military?

If you take only the first two years of the ROTC program (Basic Course), there is no military obligation, unless you are a 3- or 4-year scholarship cadet.  In order to progress to the last two years of the program (Advanced Course), you must contract with the United States Army.

What if I’m a college senior going on to graduate school or a graduate student now?

Students in this category must be able to complete the Advanced Course. This requires 4 consecutive semesters in full-time student status and participating in the two-year program. If a student has no prior military training, then they are required to attend the Leadership Training Course (LTC) the summer prior to their first fall semester.

How much money can I make?

Second Lieutenants on Active duty earn approximately $38,000 per year, including housing allowance and other compensation. Soldiers earn 30 days annual paid vacation while on Active duty and have full medical/dental coverage. Part-time opportunities exist in the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard, where officers are paid for one weekend of drill per month and two weeks of Annual Training.   

What kinds of jobs are available?

Full- and part-time opportunities exist in sixteen basic and specialized career fields, such as: Engineering, Aviation, Nursing, Military Police, Logistics, and Computer Electronics.

What skills will I learn?

Participants in the ROTC program develop critical skills in management, leadership, and analytical decision-making that are valuable to any civilian or military career. Students gain confidence, self-discipline, and technical experience. New lieutenants will enter the workforce as a leader and supervise as many as 45 people, while being accountable for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assets. Civilian employers want your leadership experience and technical knowledge. If you decide to leave the military, many opportunities await you.

Who do I talk to?

Come and visit the program. Talk to cadets and cadre (staff) to see if the program is right for you. Come and talk to the Enrollment Officer who will help you learn how ROTC can help you meet your goals.