Why enroll in
1. Military career
Guaranteed, immediate employment with the Army once you graduate. The
opportunity to serve your country. Training
on the world’s most advanced equipment and tools. Employer funded
continuing education opportunities. Structured opportunities for
promotions and pay raises. A military career offers graduates many perks
most civilian employers can’t match.
scholarships are not given based on the financial needs of
cadets, rather they are awarded based on merit, as are most perks in the
military. Army ROTC offers several scholarship options. There are a two,
three, and four year options. These
scholarships will generally cover the
entire cost of your tuition, provide an allowance for books and school
fees, and provide a living stipend based on what level you are at in the
Army ROTC curriculum.
Cadets compete for national and campus based
Scholarships are awarded to those with the best Grade Point Averages, Army Physical
Fitness Test scores, and the Army’s Leadership Development Assessment
Course results. ROTC cadets will be the first to tell you don’t let these
criteria stop you from applying; that ROTC wants you to succeed and is
designed to help you reach your academic goals.
Want an excellent insurance policy against economic downturns? Consider
military service. What other vocation is always hiring through good and
bad economic times?
In the civilian world, having a job waiting for you upon graduation has
become a rarity. Faced with unemployment, and debt to pay back, many
students turn to mom and dad for help. A 2009 CollgeGrad.com study stated,
“Among 2009 U.S. college graduates, 80 percent moved back home with their
parents after graduation, up from 77 percent in 2008, 73 percent in 2007,
and 67 percent in 2006.”
4. Civilian careers
Remember that less than 1% of our population serves in all of the Armed
Forces combined. Being a current or former member of the military
immediately makes you stand out. Military service is a highly respected,
and often sought after, attribute of job seekers. Many ROTC cadets will
graduate and serve in the National Guard or Army Reserves as officers
while maintaining a civilian career.
Read our entire story about
Pittsburgh Army ROTC here. Read about more ways to go to
school for free here.