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"The order, the self-discipline, the pride that had been instilled in me by ROTC was a tremendous companion to my basic liberal arts education and prepared me well for my Army career, or for that matter, any career I might have chosen."

GEN (Ret) Colin Powell, Secretary of State

Q. By enrolling in Jacksonville State University ROTC, are you joining the Army?

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

Q. Is Jacksonville State University Army ROTC like "boot camp"?

A. No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.

Q. What can students expect to learn by taking Army ROTC?

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

Q. What makes Army ROTC different from regular college management courses?

A. 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 river in a raft, or up a mountain wall.

Q. Is there a military obligation during college?

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

Q. What is the ROTC course comprised of?

A. The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course (Freshman and Sophomore Years) studies Army history, organization and structure. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course (Junior and Senior Years) concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

Q. Does Army ROTC offer scholarships?

A. Yes. ROTC awards them to students studying science, nursing, business, as well as a variety of other majors.

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

A. An Army ROTC scholarship at Jacksonville State University pays Full Tuition to include a monthly spending allowance of $300 to $500 depending on your academic year. Freshman - $300, Sophomore - $350, Junior - $450, Senior - $500, and a yearly book allowance of $900. Also, scholarship students are eligible for room and board scholarships from the Military Science Department.

Q. On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

A. 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.

Q. Can only scholarship winners enroll in Army ROTC?

A. No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC, regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner. And all equipment is furnished at not cost to you.

Q. How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?

A. Scholarships are awarded once per year for high school students. Students apply before December 1st, and selections are made continuously through May 15th. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between March 1 and December 1. Also, if you are already on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships are often available.

Q. How do students benefit from Army ROTC?

A. 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 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.

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