Army ROTC Program

You want to be ready for anything the world throws at you. With the leadership and management skills gained by adding Army ROTC training to your individual major, you'll be prepared for a successful civilian or Army career.

What You'll Study

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, an ROTC cadet might be found leading classmates through adventure training, down a wall during rappelling, or during a lab geared towards first aid.

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

The ultimate goal for ROTC is to commission cadets as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. YSU ROTC expands a student’s education by providing leadership and management experience. This training helps students develop self discipline, physical stamina and poise—qualities basic to success in any worthwhile career. They earn commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army (which includes the Active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve) while earning their college degrees.

Through ROTC, the Army gains officers with diverse educational backgrounds and contemporary ideas. At the same time, ROTC graduates have the chance to use their training in positions of leadership, and they enable the Army to relate to the thoughts and feelings of our ever-changing society. At present, over 80 percent of all second lieutenants for the U.S. Army come from ROTC programs nationwide.


  • The Basic Course (freshmen and sophomores)

    You'll study Army history, organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. No military commitment or obligation is incurred during the Basic Course. Students may withdraw anytime before their third year.

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  • The Advanced Course (juniors and seniors)

    This phase of ROTC training concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership and command. Once entering the Advanced Course you also agree to accept a federal commission and an assignment in either the active duty or the reserve forces.

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  • U.S. Army
  • Army National Guard