About the Program

What is Army ROTC?

Army ROTC is a world-class leadership development program that seeks to produce outstanding citizens, leaders, and officers.

This voluntary training allows students to qualify for an officer's commission in the Army while completing their college education. The program, led by a cadre of Army commissioned and non-commissioned officers, oversees the development, training, and eventual commissioning of student-cadets. The ROTC curricula are not considered academic majors, but ROTC courses may be taken as free electives and applied toward the total course requirements of a major.

Honor, integrity, and personal courage are the three values Army officers embody in their pursuit of mission accomplishment and personal excellence.

By standing as examples of the leadership skills honed through centuries of Army achievements, today’s officers set the standard. Officers serve our nation with distinction in peace and in war. The program seeks to teach and mentor young men and women into physically fit, confident, effective, and dedicated leaders of strong character, who are committed to high standards, teamwork, and selfless service to our communities and to our country.

Upon commissioning, active duty, reserve duty, and National Guard opportunities are available.

About Our Program

The University of Miami is a member of the Southern Strike Battalion, a Senior Army ROTC program hosted at Florida International University. Other universities within the Battalion include Barry University, Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. The University of Miami hosted the Army ROTC program up until 2002 when Cadet Command deemed that Florida International University would become the host university. The Battalion commissions an average of three to five UM cadets a year, who typically exceed standards on the national scale, and enter selective military occupations of their choosing.  


Being an Officer

Army Commissioned Officers are members of a unique fellowship that has spanned the history of our nation since the Army’s inception June 14, 1775 as the first branch of the American military services.  From General George Washington, to General Mark A. Miley, Army Commissioned Officers strive to complete every mission with excellence and dedication.  They are entrusted by Congress and the American people to serve as a model of the Army values, as they perform their leadership duties with dignity and devotion. Officers are responsible for completing demanding missions while ensuring the welfare, morale, and professional development of the Soldiers entrusted to them.

Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.

  • You will serve three to four years Active Duty if selected, and four years in the Inactive Ready Reserves.
  • Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the US Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
  • Cadets who compete for Active Duty and do not receive an Active Duty assignment will be assigned to the Army Reserve or Army National Guard in the state of their choice (subject to availability).

To explore the paths to becoming an officer visit: www.goarmy.com/officer