Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC programs offer students an opportunity to receive military training and experience. Scholarships and monthly stipends are also available to students who participate in Army, Air Force, or Navy-Marine ROTC programs. These awarded monies are provided to assist students in paying for tuition, housing, and books and materials needed for attending college.

ROTC programs offer courses like other college courses. Unless the student has signed a contract to commit to the branch of the military, the courses in the ROTC program can be registered for and withdrawn from like any other campus course.


Army ROTC is a program that provides college trained officers for the Regular U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and the U. S. Army National Guard. Upon successful completion of military science and baccalaureate degree requirements, scholarship cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. All ROTC graduates must serve in some capacity for eight years.

Army ROTC offers four-year, three-year, and two-year scholarships, awarded strictly on merit, to the most outstanding students who apply. Scholarship preference is given to students seeking degrees in engineering, the physical sciences, or nursing

Interested students can learn more about the national Army ROTC program or research UW System campuses for more information

Air Force ROTC

The Air Force branch of ROTC offers a four-year, two-year, and one-year program. The program itself is designed for a student who has three or more years of college remaining to complete. The one-year program is available for students preparing for occupation for which the Air Force has a special need, such as law and nursing. Students have the opportunity to earn a commission as a second lieutenant after having completed college degree requirements.

Scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Most scholarships pay full tuition along with most laboratory, textbook and incidental fees. Cadets in the program are eligible for a monthly stipend regardless of receiving a scholarship or not.

Interested students can learn more about the national Air Force ROTC program or research UW System campuses for more information.

Navy-Marine ROTC

Young men and women are provided with an opportunity to qualify for a commission in the Naval and Marine Corps while attending college through the Navy-Marine ROTC program. Sixty of the leading colleges and universities in the U.S. offer Navy-Marine ROTC tuition and other financial benefits through the program.

Two-year and four-year scholarships are offered. Special scholarships are available for students pursuing nursing degrees. Along with scholarships, monthly cash allowances are provided to participants in the Navy-Marine ROTC program.

Interested students can research to learn more about the national Navy-Marine ROTC program. Currently the only campus in the UW System with a Navy-Marine ROTC program is UW-Madison.

Navy-Marine Corps ROTC
1610 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-4086
(608) 262-3794

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