What is Army ROTC?

A military leadership training program you can take as a full time student in college.  ROTC provides student Cadets with the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.

Army ROTC is a diverse group of men and women with more than 20,000 Cadets currently enrolled.  It produces approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. More than 40 percent of current Active Duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC.


What are the benefits of ROTC?

-Army ROTC teaches you how to lead.  It is one of the best leadership courses in the country.

-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.

-During classes, labs and field training, you will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and execute missions as an Officer in the Army.


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? What is the difference between ROTC and enlisting in the Army?

Enrolling in Army ROTC is not joining the Army. You will not be sent to boot camp. 

Enrolling in the ROTC Basic Course (the first two years of college) does NOT obligate you to serve in the Army.  The minimum education requirement to be an enlisted Soldier is a high school diploma.  To become an Officer you must have a college degree from an accredited institution.  Upon graduation from college and Army ROTC, you will commission as a Second Lieutenant and become a leader for life.


How do I sign up for ROTC?

If you're interested in enrolling in Army ROTC, you can start by taking an Army ROTC basic military science course. For questions about CUNY Army ROTC, please contact:

LTC Juan Howie
Director of CUNY ROTC

MSG Roberto Alvarez
Senior Military Science Instructor