If you are willing to do some searching, you can find the answers to all of your questions in the Cadet Command Regulations and Pamphlets found at this website:
Pay particular attention to Regulations 145-1 and Pamphlet 145-4.
If I enroll in Army ROTC, will I have a service obligation?
No. You can enroll in ROTC classes for up to two years with no service obligation.
- Depending on your major Army ROTC courses may count as elective credits towards your degree.
- Walton College of Business student up to 19 hours may count.
- Fulbright College of Arts and Science student up to 16 hours may count.
- College of Engineering, Bumpers College of Agricultural and Life Science, and College of Education and Health Professions students the number of ROTC hours that count depends on the type of degree you are earning.
- All prior service students who provide the UAF Registrar’s Office with a copy of their DD form 214 will receive at least six hours of general elective credits.
- All ROTC course credits will appear on your official transcript.
If I choose to contract and become a Second Lieutenant, will I have to serve on Active Duty?
No. At least two-thirds of the upcoming graduating cadets will receive an active duty tour. Cadets who receive Reserve Duty will serve in local Reserve or National Guard units one weekend a month, or serve in the Ready Reserves with no “drilling” requirement if a suitable unit is not available where you reside.
Will ROTC interfere with my academic or athletic pursuits?
No. Our current cadet corps has an average cumulative GPA above the general university average. Yes, there are some time demands and some voluntary extracurricular activities in ROTC. Should you have scheduling conflicts, we have a flexible class schedule that will allow you to take ROTC Classes and LABs without interfering with your required academic (major) classes.
How can ROTC help me in my particular career field?
ROTC boasts an exceptional record of graduating cadets getting good jobs in their fields. Students that emphasize their ROTC enrollment are generally viewed favorably by employers based on their competitive leadership and managerial abilities, maturity, and time management skills.
Are there requirements for haircuts or uniforms?
Army standards for grooming apply. Cadets are required to be well-groomed; hair off your ears and not down your shoulders. Cadets are required to wear the uniform during class times and training. The uniform is required to be worn in accordance with Army standards.
How does ROTC handle harassment?
Harassment is not tolerated in any form. We emphasize proper decorum, respect, military courtesies, ethics and standards of conduct.
What if I only want to enroll in ROTC for a year or two?
Army ROTC will:
- Give you better leadership, ethics, personal confidence, and managerial skills applicable to any field.
- Provide you a lot of personal attention, encouraging you to get good grades and further mature. Class sizes are small and everyone is given personal counseling.
- Compel you to stay in shape and improve your physical fitness. Yes, there are some progressive physical fitness requirements and you cannot be overweight and complete the program.
- We give you the opportunity to learn what the military is all about these days - the role of the Army and its soldiers, (strategy, politics, technology, standards, career fields, etc.)
- We provide additional fun and learning activities, and opportunities for you to make more friends than virtually any other organization on campus. Cadets consistently relate that one of the best aspects of the ROTC program is the camaraderie students find among each other -that is what Esprit de Corps or belonging is all about.
Can I be enrolled in ROTC if I attend UAFS, NWACC, OR JBU?
Yes. The University of Arkansas is the Host College to UAFS, NWACC, and JBU. If you attend NWACC, you will be enrolled into the first two years of the program through the NWACC Registrar’s office. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, you will come to the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus and attend classes with the rest of the ROTC cadets. After the completion of the MSI and MSII classes, you can then transfer to the University of Arkansas and complete the last two years of the program. If you are a JBU student, you will register for the classes through the Registrar’s office and come to the Fayetteville campus on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. JBU students will not have to transfer after completion of the MSI and MSII class due to the fact that JBU is a four-year college. UAFS students will register for the classes through the UAFS Registrar’s office and attend classes on the UAFS campus. Please see the Army ROTC Advisor for more information on taking the class on the UAFS campus.
Is there an age limit for starting or finishing the Army ROTC program?
Yes. To begin the program, you must be at least 17 years old. To be eligible for a scholarship, a cadet must be under 31 years old in the calendar year in which he/she is commissioning. For example, an applicant will be 30 years old when he is supposed to commission in May of 2022, but because he turns 31 in November of that same year, he is ineligible for scholarship benefits. The age limit for scholarship cadets is determined by law and is non-waiver able. However, if a student decides to participate in the program without a scholarship, he/she can apply to have the age limit waived to age of up to 39 years old at the time of commissioning.