National Guard ROTC Schools

Nov 21, 2020

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a leadership program that grooms officers into commissioned second lieutenants and enlists them into the Army National Guard. Here are colleges that offer a National Guard ROTC program.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (In-state, 2019-2020)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
East Tennessee State University 4-Year, Public Johnson City, Tennessee $9,259 Scholarships
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 4-year, Public Lincoln, Nebraska $9,522 Foundation Scholarships
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 4-year, Public Cincinnati, Ohio $11,660 Scholarships
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 4-year, Public New Brunswick, New Jersey $15,407 Scholarships
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Public Edinboro, Pennsylvania $10,574 Scholarships; Pennsylvania National Guard Educational Assistance Program

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Overview

The colleges listed here offer a National Guard ROTC program for students contemplating a career as a commissioned officer in the National Guard. In addition to the assistance and benefits listed, many of these schools also offer in-state tuition rates for ROTC members and credit for military training. The ROTC emphasizes leadership development, with a program that includes classroom instruction and hands-on military training. We will explore each school listed in the table above in more detail.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University offers the Army National Guard ROTC program.

Each year, 10 percent of the ROTC juniors and seniors are selected for excellence by the National Honors Society of Scabbard and Blade. Another ROTC group, the Color Guard, performs at soccer games, basketball games, memorials, and community ceremonies. Cadets participate in rifle drill teams held by the National Society of Pershing Rifles. A Ranger Challenge is held each fall which challenges the Ranger team to compete in events such as orienteering, grenade assault, and building a one-rope bridge.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers the Army ROTC program which includes the National Guard ROTC. Army National Guard Soldiers attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can enter the Army/National Guard ROTC using the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).

Students can enter the National Guard ROTC by taking a military science class. If the student has less than two years until graduation then they need to take the summer Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky to get in sync with the ROTC schedule. The normal ROTC schedule starts with the Basic Course which is held during the cadet's freshmen and sophomore years followed by the Advanced Course held during junior and senior years of college. University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Army ROTC troop is called Big Red Battalion.

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

The University of Cincinnati-Main Campus offers the Army/National Guard ROTC. Upon graduation, the cadet may enlist in the Army National Guard.

If the cadet is already enlisted in the Army National Guard, they may enroll in the Army ROTC through the use of the SMP program. The SMP will pay 100% tuition for Ohio and Indiana residents attending a state school. University of Cincinnati's Army ROTC troop is called the Bearcat Battalion.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers University offers the Army/National Guard ROTC program. Cadets at the following colleges are allowed to participate in ROTC classes and activities at Rutgers: Monmouth University, Middlesex Community College, and Raritan Valley Community College.

The Rutgers ROTC troop is called the Scarlet Knight Battalion, and its mission is to groom and commission officers into the Army, National Guard or Reserves. The Army ROTC publishes Battle Rhythms, which are schedules showing the allotted time for ROTC classes and activities from Monday to Friday for the fall and spring semesters.

Edinboro University

Edinboro University offers the Army/National Guard ROTC program.

Through the ROTC Room and Board Scholarship, Edinboro University will pay for a cadet's room and board if they haven't decided about making a commitment to become an Army Officer upon graduation. The cadet must comply with the designated meal plan offered, live in ROTC dorms, and must participate in all of the ROTC activities. Edinboro's Army ROTC participates in the annual 5K Walk/Run for Warriors marathon held in Saegertown, Pennsylvania.

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