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Frequently Asked Questions


By enrolling in OU Army ROTC, are you joining the Army?

No. Students who enroll in OU Army ROTC don't join the Army. They take an OU Army ROTC class for which they receive college credit. It's considered a college elective.


Is OU Army ROTC like "boot camp?"

No. OU Army ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree. As an SMP cadet, you will go to basic training as part of your obligation to the Army Reserve or Ohio Army National Guard, but “boot camp” is not a requirement for being a part of OU Army ROTC.


What can students expect to learn by taking OU Army ROTC?

Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.


What makes OU Army ROTC different from regular college management courses?

Students in OU Army ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, an OU Army ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, down a rappel wall, or in military tactical training.  That said, all graduating Cadets are able to earn a Minor in Military Science while at Ohio University.


Is there a military obligation during college?

During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners).


Does OU Army ROTC offer scholarships?

Yes. OHIO University Cadets are eligible to receive “campus based” ROTC scholarships. OU Army ROTC awards them to high-achieving students primarily studying science and engineering, but for extremely high achieving students in other majors, we may also be able to offer them, as well.


How much money does OU Army ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?

Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels. Scholarships cover all tuition and fees. Additionally, scholarship awardees receive money for books, as well as a monthly stipend. Cadets participating in the SMP Program receive 100% of tuition and fees (if a Soldier in the Ohio Army National Guard) OR $3500/year along with a full student loan repayment plan (if a Soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve). Additionally, ALL fully participating cadets (both scholarship recipients and SMP members) receive a FULL DORM ROOM GRANT from Ohio University.


On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

OU Army ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.


What’s the difference between a “scholarship” cadet and an “SMP” Cadet?

Scholarship cadets receive a full scholarship from U.S. Army Cadet Command. They are only required to go to Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) after their freshman year of college. SMP Cadets receive their tuition benefits from the Ohio Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve. They attend basic training (usually in the summer between HS and freshman year or between freshman and sophomore year) and also attend monthly drill (one weekend per month). During school, all Bobcat Battalion Cadets are treated exactly the same and are all eligible for additional training (Airborne, Air Assault, CULP, CTLT, etc) and additional incentive awards for high achievement. Also, both SMP and Scholarship cadets (as well as non-scholarship cadets) all have the SAME OPPORTUNITY to serve on Active Duty after graduation. One does NOT need a scholarship to serve on Active Duty. Commissioning as an Active Duty officer is based SOLELY on one’s academic, physical, and leadership achievements while a cadet in the Bobcat Battalion.


Can only scholarship winners enroll in OU Army ROTC?

No. Anyone can enroll in OU Army ROTC. And regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not, all OU Army ROTC books, supplies and equipment are furnished at no cost to you.


How often are OU Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

Scholarships are awarded throughout the year to qualified students. High School students apply for four-year scholarship during their senior year. Green to Gold Scholarships are awarded twice a year by the Army. OHIO U campus- based 2-year, 3-year, and 3.5-year scholarships are also awarded to extremely qualified cadets throughout the school year, based primarily on GPA, physical fitness, those in science and engineering majors.


How do students benefit from OU Army ROTC?

In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place the highest regard on the management and leadership skills that OU Army ROTC instructors stress. Plus, OU Army ROTC looks fantastic on a resume. When cadets complete the OU Army ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.


How do I apply for a scholarship from OU Army ROTC?

The first thing that you need to do is to contact the Recruiting Operations Officer by calling (740) 593-1423 or e-mailing hansenj@ohio.edu . Our recruiter will be able to answer any questions that you might have and will guide you in the right direction on what steps you need to take to be a fully-participating member of The Bobcat Battalion.


How do I join OU Army ROTC?

Simply register for classes, register for the appropriate Military Science course along with the Leadership Laboratory. A list and description of these courses can be found in the OU course catalog.


What extra-curricular opportunities does OU Army ROTC offer?

There are numerous extracurricular activities during the school year such as the German Proficiency Badge competition, the Norweigian Foot March competition, and Best Ranger. The Bobcat Battalion also has Color Guard and Cannon Crew that stands ready to celebrate each Bobcat Touchdown with a “Kaboom!” at every home game.


What summer training opportunities does OU Army ROTC offer?

During the summer break, cadets can volunteer to attend Airborne School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare, Northern Warfare, Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP), and Cadet Troop Leadership Training.


What are my career field choices in the Army when I commission?

You can join a variety of career fields to include Aviation, Armor, Adjutant General (Human Resources), Chemical, Infantry, Ordnance, Signal, Quartermaster, Transportation, Medical Service, Military Police, Nursing, Finance, Military Intelligence, Field Artillery, Cyber, Air Defense Artillery, and Engineer Corps.


I want to apply for a Green-to-Gold scholarship at OU. What steps do I need to take?

The most important thing that you need to do is get accepted OHIO University. After you are accepted to OU, you need to inform your chain of command that you wish to turn in a Green to Gold packet and start getting your paperwork together. Details on how the Green to Gold program works can be found at: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted-soldiers/green-to-gold-scholarship.html