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Participating in Army ROTC

    Va Tech Army ROTC cadets train on first aid during a leadership lab.


Freshmen: To join ROTC, all you need to do is enroll in MS1005 (Fall semester) or MS1006 (Spring semester). You must be a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets to participate in any ROTC classes. The freshman level (MSI) military science courses are worth 2 credit hours. The only requirement is that students attend class and leadership lab. All other participation is optional and designed to let new cadets experience ROTC at their own pace. Uniforms and equipment will be provided to all cadets who wish to fully participate.

Also see our Course Descriptions page for details of each Military Science course.

Sophomores: Sophomores who did not take ROTC their freshman or sophomore year will have to attend Leader's Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox, KY. This camp takes the place of the first two years of ROTC and is designed for students who make a later decision to join ROTC. Upon completion of the camp, sophomores can then return to campus for their junior year and begin ROTC as an MSIII (junior). Students must have at least 54 credit hours completed to attend LTC. The opportunity to win a two-year scholarship at Leader's Training Camp is also quite good.

    Army ROTC Cadets receive instruction from the Professor of Military Science during a field training exercise


Juniors: There are three ways to enter ROTC at the junior level (MSIII). Completing the MSI and MSII years, completing LTC, or through prior military experience are all viable possibilities. Soldiers who have completed Basic Training and AIT are eligible to skip the first two years and enter the program as an MSIII with permission of the Professor of Military Science. Prior coordination and an interview is required. It is at this point that all cadets must sign a contract to continue on. The contract process is not short, therefore early contact with the department is necessary to ensure that contracting can take place on the first day of school in the Fall. Once contracted, all cadets begin receiving a monthly stipend.

Seniors: You may think it is too late for you to join, but it isn't! Seniors can attend the Leader's Training Course, earn credit for the first two years of ROTC, then return to campus and begin work on a Master's degree while completing the final two years of ROTC (MSIII and MSIV years).


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be less than 30 on June 30th of the year of commissioning
  • Be medically qualified
  • Be capable of passing the Army Physical Fitness Test
  • No prior civil convictions (or have a waiver for past arrests)
  • Be a full-time student with a GPA above 2.0
  • Have no more than 3 dependents
  • Be of sound moral and ethical character
  • Be willing to accept a commission as an Army officer


      The Reserve Officer Training Corps is a college elective that develops Leadership Skills in our students as they prepare for Military Service.  

      Army ROTC offers a commission as a second lieutenant in either the active Army or Reserve Forces in a variety of career fields including Combat Arms (Aviation, Armor, Artillery, Infantry, or Engineers), Combat Support, and Combat Service Support branches. There are two-, three-, and four-year scholarship programs available. Some cadets choose to join the National Guard or the Army Reserve while in Army ROTC, thus qualifying them for the Montgomery GI Bill benefits, in-state tuition (VANG) and other exciting benefits.

For more general information about Army ROTC please visit

Be sure to apply for an Army ROTC Scholarship. For more information visit our scholarship web page.

Please visit our office for program information or a personal meeting.  Contact our recruiting office at (540) 231-4804 to schedule an appointment.

Do not forget to check with the University Admission Office for orientation and tour schedules for the specific college you are interested.  Please visit the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Recruiting Officer located in Brodie Hall.  

Learn how to apply to Virginia Tech for free. Contact the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets at (540) 231-6858.

Our address is:
222 Military Building (0207)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

We are located near the Virginia Tech Power Plant and its large smokestack.