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About ROTC - The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps


The Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the bar of a Second Lieutenant and be commissioned into the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard and become a leader for life.

Army ROTC at Santa Clara is a program that fosters development of cadets' academic, athletic, professional, and mental strengths. Students attend class for three hours each week, along with a Wednesday lab session that features hands-on instruction regarding Army operations and leadership situations. This program is ideally designed as a four year, process. Cadets will spend their first two years familiarizing themselves with the Army, and in their third year will be expected to perform and improve as leaders in preparation for a summer evaluation camp at Ft. Lewis, Washington. The fourth and final year of Army ROTC introduces cadets to the responsibilities of military staff, teaching them to plan, train, lead, and develop their junior cadets in preparation for their commission. A typical four year education with Santa Clara University ROTC comes with a service obligation of four years in the Army--a job that this program prepares its cadets for with a fine reputation.

Army ROTC also gives cadets the opportunity to gain further Army experience, as they can earn appointments to Army training schools where they will parachute from airplanes and rappel from helicopters. In addition, cadets are allowed a single quarter of study abroad, as well as the opportunity to participate in Army funded immersion trips to dozens of countries across the globe in the summer months. 

Inquire today to take advantage of these unique and rewarding opportunities!

To find out more about SCU ROTC, contact:
Dustin Whidden, dwhidden@scu.edu, 408-554-4034