Army ROTC is Phase I of Army Officers' training for the Active Duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. The first two years of Military Science classes can be taken with no commitment to the Army. Through classes and field training, Army ROTC provides you with the tools to become an Army Officer while you pursue a college degree.
We have cadets in over 40 majors this semester ranging from Criminal Justice Sciences to Biological Sciences to Engineering to Athletic Training. 34% of our cadets this semester are females (up from 28% last year!). 2 of our seniors who were recognized as Distinguished Military Graduates (top 20% in the nation) are nursing majors. 79% of our contracted cadets have earned a scholarship. Some of our cadets work, some are enlisted in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve, most are not sure if the Army is the right path for them! and a few want to go to medical school after college.
The Department of Military Science houses the required academics for Army ROTC. There are a total of 21 credit hours required;18 credit hours come from the Military Science classes taken each semester and the remaining 3 credit hours come from the History Department for the mandatory Military History class. *JROTC and basic training can waive up to 6 credit hours of Military Science classes.
In addition to the Military Science classes, physical training is conducted three times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) from 0600-0730 and our Leadership Labs are from 0700-0900 on Thursdays. *Leadership Labs are not required of students in the Military Science 101 and 102 classes unless receiving a financial incentive.
Graduate students may also participate in the program by attending an approved Cadet Command training course or military basic training before entering the program.
We encourage future Redbirds to visit campus to learn more about what the university has to offer and to see if becoming a member of the Redbird Battalion is the right path for you. There are a couple different ways to visit campus; Open Houses, Transfer Days, official tours from the Office of Admissions and unofficial tours from our department. Once it has been determined which is the best path then schedule a visit.
Our program is also open to prior service military veterans as well as Soldiers currently serving the National Guard and Reserve forces. Please see the links below for how you can join ROTC.
The ROTC Program is also looking for highly skilled nursing students that are interested in serving as an Army Nurse. Please see the links below for information about the Nursing Programs at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Bradley University. For more information about Army ROTC nursing students pleaseclick here.
Students take a Military Science course each semester (freshman through senior year) and participate in a weekly leadership laboratory. The summer between freshman and sophomore year Cadets may be required to attend Basic Camp. The summer between junior and senior years, Cadets attend Advance Camp. Both are four-week courses conducted at Fort Knox, KY.
Upon successful completion of the Army ROTC program and receipt of a Bachelor's or Master's Degree, students receive a commission as an Army Officer in the rank of Second Lieutenant (2LT). Newly appointed 2LTs will serve on Active Duty, in the Army National Guard, or the Army Reserve.
Please contact our Recruiting Operations Officer to ask about other ways to join Army ROTC and our financial incentives, including two, three, and four-year scholarships.
LTC John Cross, Professor of Military Science