About Army ROTC

At a Glance

The Razorback Battalion is a premier leadership program with a rich history at the University of Arkansas. Our program commissions officers to meet the Army’s leadership requirements; and provides a citizenship program that motivates young people to be strong leaders and better citizens.

The Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) provides classes that are open to all University of Arkansas students. There is no military commitment for those who just want to learn about the military and participate in fun, yet educational, activities.

The beginning ROTC classes (Military Science 1001 and 1011) are one-credit courses that meet one day a week for fifty minutes in the classroom and for a two-hour lab on Thursday afternoons. Classroom instruction includes leadership training, land navigation, and basic soldier tactics.

In the labs, students learn how to work as a team and have opportunities to enhance their leadership abilities. Much of the lab training involves using paintball or airsoft weapons while conducting squad- and patrol-size missions. These missions include reconnaissance, ambushes, and raids and making use of land navigation and first aid skills.


The purpose of the ROTC is to train students to become officers in the United States Army. For those who decide they want to pursue a career in the military, full-tuition scholarships are available. The scholarships pay around $16,000 a year. This money goes directly into the student’s bank account and can be spent as needed.

  • Full tuition or room and board
  • $600 each semester for books
  • $420 each month for living expenses
  • $100-$400 per month for students taking critical language classes
  • Study abroad programs

Just like any other student at the University of Arkansas, an ROTC cadet has the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Many cadets participate in clubs, intramural and intercollegiate sports, and the performing arts.

For more information, please contact the Recruiting Operations Officer Oscar Rayford at (479) 575-5853 or at armyrotc@uark.edu

Campus Locations

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a series of elective courses offered at the following campuses: