Army Reserve and National Guard

Army ROTC students belonging to Army Reserve or Army National Guard units are eligible for other benefits including the G.I. Bill, drill pay, and full tuition. These students can generally opt to stay with their unit after graduation or request an active Army assignment. Re-serve and National Guard officers attend one weekend drill per month and an annual two-week training period. In addition to the pay and benefits awarded, Reserve and National Guard officers are free to pursue a full-time civilian career.


All students who desire to enter Army ROTC must be United States citizens, be in good physical condition, and have high moral character. Students must be at least 17 years old to enroll and not more than 31 when they receive their commission. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5, pass an Army medical examination, and pass an Army Physical Fitness Test.

In addition to their academic and military training, Army ROTC students may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including sports, adventure training, social events and community service.

Program Requirements

The curriculum consists of classroom instruction and a weekly laboratory in which students receive leadership experience. The courses in military science and leadership are both academic and hands-on. Most count toward the student's degree requirements.

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps academic program consists of:

  • A degree in the student's chosen academic subject
  • 12 to 22 credits in the Military Science and Lead-ership curriculum
  • An approved course in American military history

Students who earn a Bachelor's degree and a commission as a second lieutenant will serve as a platoon leader in one of several career fields including combat arms, engineering, signal operations, military intelligence, military police, logistics, and finance. For information, contact CMU's ROTC coordinator at