Students who are searching for a way to offset the cost of attending college and also have an interest in serving their country can turn to a long-standing tradition – the ROTC, or Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. The college program trains students to become commissioned officers in the armed forces of the United States. The intense leadership training provided by the program serves students in competitive environments that extend beyond college and their service in the armed forces. The Army ROTC or (AROTC) serves as the largest branch of the ROTC and provides the majority of personnel for the Army’s officer corps. Miami Dade College serves as a partnership institution.
“The mission of the Army ROTC program is to train, assess and commission the future officer leaders of the U.S. Army,” said Shantel Keion Glass, assistant professor of military science. “This program allows college students to have a normal on-campus college student experience, while simultaneously developing leadership qualities that will positively impact their futures. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can serve as a tool to pay for college tuition.”
MDC students who apply to the ROTC program may be eligible for a scholarship, depending on their enrollment status and academic goals. As part of the program, students will earn their commission by successfully completing advance camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky during their junior year. Furthermore, students will be assessed and designated to serve in the Army in either the active duty, Army Reserve or Army National Guard components following graduation and commissioning. In order to be eligible to apply, students have to meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be between the ages of 17 and 27
- Have a college GPA of at least 2.5
Additionally, an applicant for a two-year scholarship must meet all those requirements and have a minimum SAT score of 920 or ACT score of 19. Students are selected for a scholarship based on their performance in areas such as grades, physical fitness, and dedication to the program. Course work for the program revolves around leadership and decision-making skills, physical fitness training, weekly lab work and field-training exercises.
Think the ROTC might be for you?
Text “NG78” to 462769 to Learn More About the ROTC Program at Miami Dade College.
Recruiting Operations Officer
Cell: (305) 321-5278
Office: (305) 348-1619