Founded in 1916, ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. It’s a college program offered at over 1,700 colleges and universities across the United States that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, cadets commit to serve in the Military after graduation. As detailed below, each Service branch has its own take on ROTC.


The term of obligatory service varies based on the type of commission the cadet or midshipman receives as well as any scholarship contract signed, but they can serve as active duty or in a reserve status. Additionally, a cadet on active duty can receive either a regular appointment or a reserve appointment. This affects the required years as well as how many must be completed on active duty, in an active reserve capacity or in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).


There are ROTC programs at OU for the Naval, Marine, Air Force and Army branches of the military.

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