ROTC Program & Courses

ROTC at Carroll College

The Program

The ROTC program at Carroll gives you the tools, training, and experience that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. The curriculum is elective and you are allowed to take your courses alongside your required college classes.

The ROTC program at Carroll 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 or take any elective classes. If the student completes all ROTC requirements and Military Science classes, they will receive an additional minor in leadership.

Why Carroll

At Carroll, the ROTC program can pay for your college tuition. Army ROTC is an elective, so you can participate during your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. Your college student experience at Carroll will be just like everyone else’s on campus. You can join fraternities and sororities, participate in varsity team sports, and take part in community service projects.

When you graduate, you will be commissioned as an officer in the Army with a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in.

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Courses and Student Learning Objectives

In addition to classes, and to adhere to ROTC requirements, cadets will participate in the following courses:

  • Field Training Exercise (FTX): For one week, each semester, cadets will practice squad tactics, land navigation, and important cadet training in a forested area.
  • Leader’s Training Course: A four-week summer course at Fort Knox, KY, ONLY for students who enroll in Army ROTC without having taken the first two years of Military Science classes.
  • Cadet Leadership Course: All cadets who enter the Advanced Course must attend this four-week summer course at Fort Knox, KY, between their junior and senior years.

Other students enrolled in the ROTC program may participate in the FTX if they choose. The FTXs are completed with our Army ROTC host school at the University of Montana Grizzly Battalion.

Professional Educational Outcomes

You'll graduate with the skills necessary to lead. The ROTC program at Carroll College is set to produce students who have:

  • The leadership skills to meet problems head-on and solve them quickly.
  • The ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations and take charge.
  • The traits sought are in a military career and by civilian employers.

Program Highlights

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

Typically, with an ROTC scholarship, 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 requirements also have students 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.

Army ROTC classes normally involve one elective class and one lab per semester. Although the classes involve hands-on fieldwork and classroom work, they are standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule. These courses can help students with personal and academic decision-making while giving them the tools to exercise leadership in college life, even before graduating and becoming Officers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Carroll’s ROTC program offers two, three, and four-year scholarships, which pay full tuition and fees. Carroll College graciously covers room and board at the basic rate and the scholarship includes a separate $600/semesterallowance for books and a monthly stipend of $420/month. Army ROTC scholarships are not retroactive.

    The Army ROTC program is one of the only college programs that teaches leadership. This training is invaluable for any career that involves leading, managing, and motivating people or fostering teamwork. Young Army Officers are typically responsible for hundreds of soldiers and millions of dollars in equipment; this kind of management experience can be very appealing for post-Army employers, opening the door to a range of career opportunities for you that include:

    • Public Affairs Specialist
    • Special Forces Medical Sergeant
    • Commissioned Officer Candidate
    • Computer/Detection Systems Repairer
    • Criminal Investigations Special Agent
    • Engineer Officer
    • Air Traffic Control Operator
    Students with different financial backgrounds choose to attend Carroll College every year. There are many ways to fund your college experience and invest in your education and future. Find out more
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