The Military Science Reserve Officer Training Corps (Army ROTC) program is a military training program for those who desire to serve in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. Students may participate in Army ROTC in their freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army; if students wish to receive an Army ROTC scholarship or complete advanced Army ROTC courses, however, they are required to agree to a period of military service. Army ROTC courses will introduce students to the army and critical thinking, covering topics in profession of arms, physical readiness, leadership and decision-making, army doctrine, and team development. Upper division courses discuss training management, warfare, and small unit and company grade leadership. Students interested in directly combining their Army ROTC training with other degrees or organizations can complete the Nursing Program (which offers scholarships for nursing majors) or Simulanteous Membership Program (SMP, which allows Utah National Guard or Army Reserves memebers to participate in the Advanced ROTC program at the same time). Regardless of the way in which they complete the program, Army ROTC students will ultimately graduate with leadership skills and experience that can be used in a variety of careers.
Academic and Career Opportunities
After graduating with your bachelor’s degree and completing the Army ROTC program, you can go on to serve in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer in a number of fields: consider air defense, aviation, Special Forces, or military intelligence. If you do not wish to serve in the military, your leadership and critical thinking skills are a great complement to the undergraduate degree pursued in conjunction with the Army ROTC program: business, entrepreneurship, and medicine all require strong leaders and decision-makers.