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There are different ways to become an officer. If you’re heading to college, the ROTC program is the way to go. You can earn a commission and a degree. National Guard Scholarships may also be available for qualified applicants. Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is a college elective that allows you to earn a commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard. ROTC consists of both academic classes and hands-on training. These mental and physical challenges will help you succeed in college and beyond. Participation takes just a few hours per week, so it won’t interfere with other academic studies, sports or your social life. You’ll learn about leadership and teamwork, and have the opportunity to learn skills like mountaineering, rappelling and orienteering. It may be one of the best college classes you’ll ever take. Training The four-year Army ROTC program is divided into two parts: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. The Basic Course is usually taken during the first two years of college. Unless you receive Army scholarship funds, you incur NO military obligation. You’ll learn: •Leadership development •Goal-setting and accomplishment •College survival study skills •Time management •Military history •Military operations and tactics •Customs and traditions of the service The Advanced Course is offered to students who demonstrate the interest and potential to become Guard officers and who meet the physical, mental and scholastic standards. This normally takes place during your final two years of college and includes: •Management principles •Military justice •Cultural awareness •Military tactics and ethics Upon successful completion of the ROTC program, you’ll be commissioned as a second lieutenant. In addition to being an Army National Guard officer, you’ll have leadership skills that are in high demand outside the military. Scholarships National Guard Scholarships may be available for qualified applicants. The Army National Guard provides financial assistance to students who wish to attend college and enlist in the Guard with two major scholarships: the Dedicated Army National Guard scholarship (DEDNG) and the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty contract (GRFD). For full-time students, these scholarships pay full tuition and mandatory fees, or can pay room and board (not to exceed $10,000 per year). In addition, cadets will be paid a monthly stipend. Following graduation, cadets begin a new Military Service Obligation (MSO) contract and serve eight years in the Guard, which includes training. For more information : go to or talk to an Army ROTC representative at a college campus near you. Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Note: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. For the latest information, please contact your local recruiter. S A L U D O S H I S P A N O S