Carroll College, Helena Montana


Teaching the Leaders of Tomorrow


What is ROTC?

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.

ROTC courses are categorized as a Basic Course (Freshman and Sophomore courses) or Advance Course (Junior and Senior courses). Any student may take Basic Course and physical fitness classes without military obligation or prerequisites. Advance Course classes are limited to qualified contracted students (see Commissioning Requirements in the Highlights box). 

Typically, ROTC students take one three-credit class (2 to 3 hours per week), one workshop/leadership laboratory per week, and one overnight field exercise per semester in addition to their other classes. ROTC students also participate in physical fitness training (5 hours per week). The program provides opportunities to attend confidence-building courses during the summer such as the Air Assault or Airborne Schools, and summer internships, as well as nursing internships.

ROTC (Military Science) is neither a major nor a minor. All cadets who seek a commission must graduate with one of Carroll College's recognized majors. Cadets may enroll in a minor program if they choose, as well as take other elective classes.

In addition to classes, cadets participate in one weekend Field Training Exercise, or FTX, each semester. During this FTX, cadets will practice squad tactics, land navigation, and other important cadet training in a forested area. Other students enrolled in Military Science may participate in the FTX if they chose. The FTXs are completed with our Army ROTC host school at the University of Montana GRIZZLY BATTALION

"Our goal is to produce ROTC graduates who are leaders, thinkers, and decision-makers.  They meet problems head-on and solve them quickly.  They know how to adapt to rapidly changing situations and to take charge, traits sought after in a military career and by civilian employers."

- Grizzly Battalion 

Contact Us

CPT Mark Thompson
Assistant Professor of Military Science
(406) 447-5484

SSG Robert Cassidy
Military Science Instructor

Mrs. Tracy Mitchell
Enrollment and Scholarships
(406) 243-4400

Mrs. Janet Sheehy
Administrative Assistant
(406) 447-4415


2015 Commissioners

The ROTC program at Carroll has seven graduating seniors in 2015. Five of those cadets have taken their oaths of appointment on May 15 and have become commissioned officers in the United States Army. Those cadets include Eric Blake, Riley Grogan, Ryan Liberg, Heather McKasson and Andrew Wilmoth. 

Graduating cadet David Lightner commissioned this summer following his training at Fort Knox. Jordynn Whitlock is graduated in December and her commission was in December as well on campus.


Cadet yearly events and opportunities
  1. Color Guard: Cadets participate in Color Guard for school functions such as home football games and graduation. Cadets learn to march and to salute with a weapon.
  2. Cannon Crew: The Cadets work cannon crew for the Carroll home  football games. Cadets and Cadre working on cannon crew can also be seen doing push-ups for every Carroll touchdown.
  3. Dining Out: Cadets plan and conduct a formal military dining out each Spring semester.
  4. Ranger Challenge:  Every fall semester, contracted and eligable cadets can participate in a competition known as Ranger Challenge. This regional competition against other Army ROTC programs in the area, tests the teams on events such as land navigation, weapon disassembly, and ruck marching.

and much, much more!