Why Join ROTC?

  • World-class leadership and management training that can be completed in conjunction with any chosen academic major.
  • The nation’s largest source of merit-based college scholarships. Includes full-tuition scholarship, monthly subsistence allowance, and funds for textbooks.
  • Traditionally a four-year program, however it can be completed in just two years.
  • Reserves or National Guard soldiers may be able to complete the ROTC program in two years while you serve with your unit.
  • You’ll be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant the day you graduate and with the potential to earn the civilian equivalency of $68,000 within your first four years on active duty.
  • Receive a monthly stipend (tax-free) 0f $420.

How To Join

Qualifications for the Basic Course

  1. Be a full-time student
  2. Not be a Conscientious Objector;
  3. Be of Good Moral Character;
  4. Not have any Tattoos specifically prohibited by Army policy;
  5. Be a U.S. Citizen; and
  6. Be in good physical condition.

Qualifications for the Advanced Course

  1. Meet all of the previous requirements to enter the Basic Course.
  2. Not have any civil convictions, adverse adjudications, or court martial convictions other than minor traffic violations less than $250. Not have more than three dependents.
  3. Never have used drugs; or be a self-admitted limited/experimental user of drugs who has not used within six months of contracting.
  4. Sign a loyalty oath.
  5. If prior service, have an honorable discharge from the Armed Services with a qualifying RE code of 1 on DD Form 214.
  6. Meet one of the following criteria: have credit for Military Science 100 and 200 level courses, complete Cadet Command’s Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), or complete Basic Training in one of the Armed Forces.
  7. Have a college GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  8. Score at least 180 points with 60 points in each event on a single Army Physical Fitness Test.
  9. Successfully pass a Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board (DODMERB) physical. The most common non-waiver disqualifiers during this physical are: documented asthma after the age of 13; ADD/ADHD, depression treatment, or academic skills disorders within the past 12 months; ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Scoliosis curvature of the spine in excess of 30 degrees, or prior service with a permanent profile.
  10. Be younger than the age of 30 at time of commissioning; a waiver is possible.


Sharon Finney
Howard University Army ROTC
Mordecai Johnson Administrative Building
2400 6th St NW Suite 115
Washington, DC 20059

Phone: (202) 276-5142