Indiana University Bloomington

For Parents

Is IU Army ROTC a good option for my college student?

When the leaders of tomorrow come to you for guidance, make sure you’re prepared.

IU Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country. For years, IU Army ROTC has been creating leaders who go on to rewarding careers in military, business, academic, scientific and professional worlds. Here are just a few benefits a student can gain by enrolling in IU Army ROTC:

  • High-level leadership, management and communications training
  • Problem-solving and strategic skills development
  • Scholarships
  • Monthly living allowances
  • Enter the U.S. Army as an Officer either on Active Duty or in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard

Parents Frequently Asked Questions

On this page are questions and answers about IU Army ROTC, with links to more detailed explanations on this site. This information will help you offer your child practical advice on the decision to enroll or apply for scholarships.

IS ENROLLING IN ARMY ROTC THE SAME AS JOINING THE ARMY? ONCE A STUDENT STARTS TAKING ROTC COURSES, IS HE/SHE OBLIGATED TO JOIN THE ARMY?

Enrolling in Army ROTC is not, strictly speaking, joining the Army. You will not be sent to boot camp. However, the primary purpose of the Army ROTC program is to produce its officers, so you must agree to serve as Officers in the Army after graduation in order to go through the entire program, or if you have received an ROTC scholarship. Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate you to serve unless you have also received a scholarship. For more details, see: Your Commitment.

WHAT KINDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE IN ARMY ROTC? ARE ANY OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS RETROACTIVE?

Army ROTC offers two-, three- and four-year scholarships, which pay full and fees, include a separate allowance for books, and a monthly stipend of up to $5000 a year. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.

WHAT IS MY ARMY SERVICE OBLIGATION TO PAY BACK ANY SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS, OR FOR ENROLLMENT IN THE ROTC ADVANCED COURSE?

Scholarship winners must serve for four years; non-scholarship Cadets who enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course must serve for three years. All who graduate and complete ROTC training are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. For more details, see: Your Commitment.

WHAT GOOD IS ARMY ROTC FOR A CAREER OUTSIDE OF THE ARMY?

Army ROTC is one of the only college programs that teaches leadership. This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing and motivating people or fostering teamwork. Young Army Officers are typically responsible for hundreds of Soldiers and millions of dollars in equipment; this kind of management experience can be very attractive for post-Army employers.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE ARMY ROTC OVER A DIFFERENT BRANCH’S ROTC?

The Army offers a wider range of career opportunities, in more places around the world, than any other U.S. military branch.