Enroll in the ROTC Program at NMC

Accelerate Your Path to Becoming an
Army Officer

Join the ARMY ROTC Program At NMC

There are many benefits to joining the Army ROTC through NMC:

  1. Participants can accelerate their way to becoming commissioned Army officers.
  2. Best of all, on graduation, those who complete ROTC at NMC and the University of Guam will receive a bachelor’s degree and commission as a second lieutenant.
  3. Becoming an Army ROTC participant at NMC allows students to develop their leadership skills and also have the opportunity to learn military tactics, navigational skills, and teamwork.
  4. The Army ROTC program allows participants to explore what it’s like to have a military career. There is NO military obligation to commit during the first two years (unless students sign a contract, but again, this is NOT required for the first two years).
  5. Becoming a commissioned officer offers a higher income. During the first year of service a Second Lieutenant will be paid approximately $54,000, including a tax-free housing allowance.
  6. Students are eligible to participate in Field Training Exercises on Guam where they are able to apply their classroom training on the field.

How long is the program?

Students will take four semesters of MSL courses at NMC (about two years as students can also earn their associate degrees) and then transition to UOG to complete the program for another two years. Students who complete the four-year program will receive a bachelor's degree from UOG and become a commissioned officer.

What other benefits will I receive by participating in Army ROTC?

Army ROTC enhances your college experience by providing training that will make you motivated, confident, and ready to lead. ROTC instruction is based on training the future leaders of the Army and the Nation. You will have practical instruction in such areas as organizational leadership, communication, and time management. The skills you learn will be ones that benefit you for your entire life, whether you are a career military officer or a business executive.

What kinds of scholarships will I have access to?

Cadets at NMC have access to applying for federal financial aid (using FAFSA), CNMI Scholarship, and SHEFA. Cadets at UOG that sign a commitment contract with the Army also receive a monthly stipend of $420 (updated) a month. Additionally, some cadets will earn a scholarship for either full tuition OR room and board. All Cadets on CBN scholarship receive a book allowance of $600 per semester ($1200 per year); MHSNO BOR Scholarship -- $500 year

Who can apply for a ROTC scholarship?

  • To be eligible for an ROTC scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be at least 17 years of age within the first semester of your freshman year, and must not reach your 31st birthday by 31 December of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive your commission.
  • Maintain 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • Be a full time student (undergrad or grad) (12 credit hours)
  • Have demonstrated good moral character
  • Meet physical qualification standards
  • Meet medical qualification standards

What career opportunities exist for me in the army?

In addition to the Army’s combat branches, such as Armor, Infantry, Artillery, and Aviation, the Army has just about every career field you would find in the civilian world, including doctors, dentists, hospital administrators, lawyers, intelligence specialists, linguists, and even veterinarians. No matter what the branch, as an Army officer you are a leader of people and a manager of resources. While many of your friends are still job hunting, straight out of college you will be placed in charge of a platoon of up to 50 American soldiers, ranging from 18 to 40 years old. You will be responsible for their health, training and welfare program, as well as safeguarding and maintaining millions of dollars of high-tech equipment found in today’s Army. This is why junior officers who decide to leave the military are so sought after by corporate America. Corporate CEOs know these individuals have a proven track record. They realize that as a result of their training and experience, military officers know how to motivate people and solve problems. Most of all, they have demonstrated the values--duty, honor, loyalty, integrity, commitment, selfless service, and respect--values that employers are looking for in their junior executives.

How much money will I make as an Army officer?

ROTC cadets, upon commissioning, are appointed as Second Lieutenants in the Army. During the first year of service a Second Lieutenant will be paid approximately $54,000, including a tax-free housing allowance (CY 2019). This salary goes up steadily with both increases in rank, and time in service. Over a four-year period (the active duty commitment for scholarship cadets), an officer will earn approximately $250,000.

How much time does ROTC take during the week?

For the first two years at NMC, freshman and sophomores attend class 2 hours per week. When they transition to UOG, juniors and seniors attend class for 3 hours per week. All Cadets attend 4 physical training sessions of 1 hour each per week. All Cadets also attend a 2.5 hour leadership lab each week. Freshman and sophomores average 6 hours of ROTC a week. Junior Cadets average 8 hours per week. Senior Cadets plan, coordinate, and execute the training for the physical training and the leadership labs, they average anywhere from 3 to 12 hours of ROTC a week. Each semester the Battalion will conduct one weekend field exercise lasting about 48 to 72 hours.

What are my obligations?

Cadets do not incur an obligation to the U.S. Army until they sign a contract. Freshman and sophomores are not required to sign contracts and can participate without obligation, unless they receive and accept a scholarship. When a Cadet reaches the junior year they must sign a contract accepting their commitment to the U.S. Army. All contracts state that upon graduation the Cadet will accept a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and will complete an 8 year commitment. For Cadets that are going on Active Duty the commitment will be served as 4 years on Active duty and 4 years in a reserve status. Cadets that are going in the National Guard or US Army Reserve will normally serve 8 years in their ARNG or USAR unit.

As a cadet, can I still participate in other activities?

Absolutely. ROTC encourages Cadets to participate in other programs at the University. University of Guam ROTC Cadets are members of varsity sports teams; participate in extracurricular activities; participate in intramural sports, and community service organizations.

I want the scholarship money, but I do not think I want to go on active duty. What can I do?

If you do not want to go on active duty you can join the Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserves, there are special scholarships for these Cadets known as Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarship.

Do Military Science courses count toward graduation?

Our Military Science credits will count toward your total hours for graduation, but will not take the place of any required courses. They do consider Military Science Courses as electives though. ROTC courses can count as the 3 required credits for the wellness category of General Education requirements.

Will I have to attend Basic Training (Boot Camp)?

No. ROTC cadets do not attend Basic Training. In fact, as an ROTC cadet you will not be ‘in the Army. You can participate in ROTC as a non-contracted cadet your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation. This means if ROTC isn’t for you, you can withdraw without incurring a military service obligation.

By enrolling in ROTC, are you joining the Army?

No. Students who enroll in ROTC don’t join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It’s considered a college elective. Once a Cadets signs a contract, than they are committed to the Army.

Is ROTC like ‘boot camp’?

No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree.

What can students expect to learn by taking ROTC?

Quite simply, leadership skills need to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.

What makes ROTC different from regular college management courses?

Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and ’live’ situations. Leadership labs are focused on giving Cadets opportunities to practice leadership during military activities.

Is there a military obligation during college?

Until a Cadet signs a contract there is no military obligation (or the first year in the case of scholarship winners).

What is the ROTC course comprised of?

The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course studies Army organization and structures as well as basic leadership and Army skills. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course concentrates on tactical operations, training management, and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.

How much money does ROTC usually award and what does the money go toward?

Scholarships pay either full tuition at UOG or room and board. Also, scholarship winners receive a book allowance of $1200 a year.

On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?

ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they’re awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work. The three main focus areas for the Army are Scholarship, Athletics, and Leadership or Scholar Athlete Leader (SAL)

Can only scholarship winners enroll in ROTC?

No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. And regardless of whether you’re a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC books, uniforms, and equipment are furnished at no cost to you.

How do students benefits from Army ROTC?

In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets – whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

How do I get started?

To get started, send an email to Charlotte Cepeda at [email protected] to indicate you are interested in becoming a participant. You can also contact the NMC hotline at (670) 285-7651 or (670) 285-2059 during normal business hours.

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