ROTC cadets must not only maintain a high GPA but also demonstrate the ability to be critically thinking, adaptive leaders within today’s Army. Specifically, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees are sought after by Cadet Command because they signify cadets who challenge themselves mentally in the classroom and beyond. SEU cadets need to develop a fine balance between course workload and extracurricular activities.
Established in 1951, the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) is a respected member of the Southeastern family. This battalion continues its legacy of providing the highest-quality Army officers for service to the United States.
Army ROTC cadets are taught to be leaders and receive hands-on experience in managing financial, physical and human resources. They are provided the tools to succeed both in college and after graduation and often possess a higher level of self-confidence and superior decision-making abilities. Our alumni include nine general officers and leaders around the world.
Our ROTC cadets participate in specialized training, including lessons in land navigation and maneuvering. Physical training is held every morning, and cadets travel off-campus multiple times each semester for situational field training that tests their abilities in reconnaissance, attack and other disciplines.
Although many cadets plan for careers in the military, the benefits of the ROTC program give them a strong foundation for other fields. Southeastern cadets have become pastors and business leaders, teachers and logistics professionals. Most importantly, they have become leaders in their homes, their jobs, their churches and their communities.
In addition to unique training and leadership development, the ROTC has financial benefits that include the following:
- Full tuition coverage
- Books and fees allowance
- Room and board assistance
- Yearly stipend of up to $5,000
What We Look For
Due to the competitive nature of scholarships, successful applications will need to have a strong foundation in the following areas:
Life After College
Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a commission as a second lieutenant (2LT) in the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserves. You will attend the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) of your selected branch. After BOLC, most lieutenants become platoon leaders.
A typical platoon has about 30 soldiers and will have about $5 million in equipment assigned to it. As the platoon leader, you are responsible for these soldiers and the maintenance and accountability of the equipment. It’s a level of responsibility that most corporations will not entrust to a new college graduate. But with the training you would receive in ROTC and your BOTC, you’ll be ready for the challenge.
As you enter the army as a 2LT, you will receive salary as an O-1 with less than two years of service. Medical and dental coverage is free for you and at an extremely low rate for any dependents. You will get 30 days of paid vacation, along with the chance to travel around the world. All of this is in addition to the leadership experience you will gain through your career.
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For more information about SEU’s ROTC program, which is run in partnership with Florida Southern College, please contact ROTC@flsouthern.edu or 863.680.4235/800.283.4235.