The UNC–Chapel Hill Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) offers training to any student in the principles of leadership. In academic and hands-on environments, students learn and utilize leadership skills in demand today in the private sector and in the military. Those who complete the course of instruction, and are otherwise eligible, can be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. In seeking the scholar-athlete-leader student, the program offers a wide variety of leadership experiences, academic challenges, and unique learning opportunities not available with any other department. Qualified students may receive scholarships, opportunities for study abroad in military exchange programs, adventure training such as Airborne and Air Assault School, or other leadership intern programs.
Students who successfully complete the program and meet Army requirements are commissioned in a branch within the active duty Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve. Those choosing active duty have guaranteed job placement, worldwide travel opportunities, and an average starting salary of approximately $42,000, of which approximately one-third is tax-free. Graduates can expect to be promoted to captain and have a salary of approximately $70,000 in their fourth year of service. There is a minimum three-year commitment in exchange for receiving a commission. Different options in the program have different minimum service requirements.
Students enrolled in the four-year program take one class during each semester of the four years of college study. The first two years comprise the basic course and concentrate on leadership development, writing and communication skills, ethics and values, orientation to the profession of arms, and basic military skills such as land navigation and small unit movement. As juniors, students enter the advanced course. Academic and hands-on instruction include application of leadership skills, advanced land navigation, military history, principles of military law, and small unit tactics. Between the junior and senior years, qualified students attend a four-week leadership development and assessment course at Fort Lewis, Washington. In their senior year, students submit their branch preferences and request either active duty or duty in the Army Reserve/National Guard (one weekend per month, two weeks a year). Those who meet all requirements for commissioning are promoted to the rank of second lieutenant upon graduation from UNC–Chapel Hill.
The two-year program provides an opportunity for students who did not attend the program in their first and sophomore years to meet the requirements for commissioning as officers in the United States Army. Students who have previously served in any of the armed services, active or reserve, are eligible to enroll directly into the advanced course at the Army Institute of Leadership. Others may attend a four-week leadership internship at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to complete basic course requirements. Attendance at this leadership training course is designed to introduce prospective cadets to the program and give them an understanding of the Army. A third way to receive basic course credit is through an accelerated on-campus training program tailored to prepare students for the advanced course. This option is available for select scholar-athlete-leaders or students who have completed military basic training as a part of active duty, Army Reserve, or National Guard service. Qualifying by way of any of the above-mentioned avenues, a student is then eligible to contract and move to the advanced course leading to a commission.
Army ROTC basic course classes are open to all first-year students and sophomores, with no eligibility requirements. Juniors and seniors may take basic course leadership classes with the permission of the course instructor. Those students who wish to obtain a United States Army commission upon graduation must meet minimum United States Defense Department requirements. These include being a United States citizen, having a minimum grade point average of 2.0, being medically qualified, meeting the age requirement, and being recommended by the department chair.
Minoring in Military Science
The military science minor is designed for students who wish to augment the major they are completing in another departmental program. Military science courses are open to all UNC–Chapel Hill students. The minor in military science is a 15 semester-hour course of study with the courses selected from the lists below. Students must complete 12 semester hours with a grade of C or better.
• ARMY 301, 302, 401, 402
• Choose one of the following: ASIA/HIST/PWAD 570; HIST/PWAD 212, 213, 275, 351, 368, 369, 373, 564, 565
Please note: ARMY 101, 102, 201, and 202 are prerequisite courses to ARMY 301.
Special Opportunities in Military Science
Army ROTC offers a wide array of extracurricular activities. Students looking for excitement and action can volunteer to attend the basic airborne course, air assault, or mountain warfare training. Other opportunities include participation as a member of the Ranger Challenge Team or color guard as well as leadership opportunities in actual Army units both in the United States and around the world.
Four-year scholarships are available for high school seniors. Three-and-a-half-, three-, two-and-a-half-, and two-year scholarships are available to students already enrolled as full-time students at the University. These are merit-based scholarships. Successful candidates will meet the eligibility requirements listed above and have a grade point average above 2.5. Scholarships pay full tuition and fees, a $600 per semester book allowance, and a monthly stipend between $300 and $500 depending on the student’s year at the University. The North Carolina Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve also have programs that can pay costs associated with attending the University. Upon graduation, cadets may become officers either in the active Army or remain in the Army Reserve.
Upon contracting (upon receipt of a scholarship or usually in the junior year), the cadet incurs an obligation to serve in the United States Army; that service can be either active or reserve duty. Different programs have different obligations. Service obligations range from three years to eight years. The admissions and scholarship officer, LTC (Ret.) Pfannenschmidt, can provide more information.