What is Army ROTC?
The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) produces over 80% of the Officers for the active Army and its reserve components, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. Admission is open to all college men and women who meet mental, moral, and physical qualifications who attend James Madison University, Blue Ridge Community College or Bridgewater College. Education goes beyond the classroom as it is designed to provide students with the basic concepts and principles of military art and science while developing the student's leadership, personal integrity, honor, responsibility, and appreciation for national security. These objectives establish a sound basis for future professional development and effective performance as commissioned Officers in the U.S. Army.
The JMU Army ROTC program is dynamic, exciting and challenging, yet still flexible enough to accommodate your needs. All aspects of a student's environment are addressed including the academic, physical, extracurricular, social and interpersonal. The Army ROTC program at JMU is one of the finest in the United States and has consistently been ranked in the top 5 percent of more than 270 ROTC programs in the nation. We currently have 140 students, 60 percent male, 40 percent female.
Students participating in Army ROTC have the opportunity to join clubs and organizations around campus to broaden their experiences during college. ROTC sponsors the Duke Battalion Cadet Association, Color Guard, Ranger Group, Scabbard and Blade Honor Society, Cannon Crew, and Army 10 Miler Team.
Your academic course of instruction is our primary concern. We offer a 39-hour minor program in addition to lots of exciting training. Students may choose any academic major program of study, and participate in ROTC in conjunction with that program. The military science course of study is in addition to the student’s normal academic program of study. Many departments offer elective credit for taking military science courses. The Army ROTC program at JMU has been an integral part of campus life since January 1974. In December 1979, the ROTC program achieved full-time status and has been growing stronger ever since. Come join us and discover why!
How to Join
Current Students (JMU, Bridgewater College, Blue Ridge Community College)
The 100 and 200 level Military Science courses are open to all students at James Madison University and at our partnership schools. If you are not currently enrolled in a military science course, and want to enroll for the upcoming semester, contact the Recruiting Operations Officer for information about which classes are appropriate for you based on your current academic status.
Partnership Schools - Our partnership schools include Bridgewater College and Blue Ridge Community College. Students attending one of our partnership schools can enroll in ROTC through the JMU Outreach and Engagement office as a non-degree seeking student. These classes are paid for by the students. Partnership school students attend all training at JMU while attending their respective college as a full time student. BRCC students can transfer to JMU after their sophomore year, and BWC students graduate from BWC and commission from JMU. Because each student is different depending on their academic level, contact the Recruiting Operations Officer for more information about which enrollment option is best for you. The most important aspect of enrolling in ROTC is making sure that you are aligned correctly with the required military science classes and your academic plan based on your major.
There is no military obligation for taking the 100 and 200 level courses.
LEADERS TRAINING COURSE (LTC)
If you're a current sophomore and have not taken any military science courses, there is a way you can make up for not taking any 100 or 200 level courses. Eligible applicants can apply to attend the Leaders Training Course during the summer prior to your junior year. The course is 29 days long, and it is held at Fort Knox, Kentucky. LTC exposes college students to the individual military skills, tactics and leadership qualities which will help them integrate into the Advanced Course for the MS III year (300 level). If you're interested in learning more about LTC, contact the Recruiting Operations Officer, or go to http://www.leaderstrainingcourse.com/ to find out more. Based on performance, LTC scholarships are available to those students who complete LTC and commit to contracting into ROTC.
There are possible 2 or 3 year Scholarship opportunities for current college students. These scholarship opportunities are merit based and are only provided if Cadet Command provides the funding for JMU. Ask the Recruiting Operations Officer about current scholarships available.
Incoming Freshmen - If you are an incoming freshman and are not on an Army ROTC scholarship when enrolling in classes at JMU, all you need to do is enroll in the MSCI 101 and MSCI 100 classes (each worth 1 credit) upon registering for classes for the FALL semester. If you are enrolling for the first time in the SPRING semester, you will need to register for the MSCI 101, 102 and 100 courses to get on track academically with the military science curriculum. Once enrolled in the 100 level classes, you will automatically be enrolled in ROTC.
Transfer Students - Contact the Recruiting Operations Officer for information about which classes to enroll in upon entering JMU based on your academic level.
You must be contracted in order to enroll into the 300 and 400 level military science classes.
The Military Science 300 and 400 level courses are limited to contracted CADETS who have completed the basic course requirements (or equivalent, ie. prior service) and are contracted in ROTC according to regulations, or are pending a contract based on meeting eligibility requirements.
CADET vs STUDENT
CADETS are students who have been determined eligible for and are enrolled in the ROTC program (class and lab), and must have completed the ROTC enrollment paperwork (as listed under ‘New Cadet Documentation’ below).
STUDENTS are those who are enrolled in ROTC but are ineligible to contract. A student may be deemed ineligible to contract because they refuse to fill out the ROTC enrollment paperwork, or for more serious issues. STUDENTS (as defined in this paragraph) are never enrolled in the MSCI 300 or 400 level courses (only CADETS).
JMU’s nursing program develops the skills and inner- strength necessary to succeed in today’s health profession. Army ROTC enhances your undergraduate or graduate nursing education by providing the unique leadership and management training, along with the practical experience needed for success. In doing this, we increase that inner-strength while also developing the outer strength necessary to provide outstanding health care to service members and their families, at home and abroad, in times of peace and war.
Based on our well established relationship with the JMU School of Nursing, the Army has charged our program with a Nurse Commission mission which reflects the quality and professionalism of the Duke Battalion and the Nursing Cadets who graduate from JMU, providing the Army with well training and confident Army Nurses who serve in the Nurse Corps around the world.
Nursing Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Find out more information about the Army ROTC Nursing Program.
Scholarship information for current high school seniors can be found here.
If you are a high school Army ROTC scholarship winner, contact the Recruiting Operations Officer for more information about military science class enrollment and other requirements prior to starting school.
Required Documentation for enrollment
In order to become a Cadet once enrolled in the military science courses, you must submit the following completed forms to the ROTC Human Resources Office (Memorial Hall Room 1123D) which are provided by your instructor once you enroll in class. These documents will be provided to you on the first day of class.
- Cadet Enrollment Record (Cadet Command Form 139-R)
- Authorization for Access to Student Records (Cadet Command Form 137-R)
- Briefing on Government Sponsored Benefits (Cadet Command Form 136-R)
- Medical Fitness Statement (Department of the Army Form 3425-R)
Additionally, CADETS must provide proof of citizenship or immigration. The Commanding General of Cadet Command must approve enrollment for any non-immigrant alien desiring to sign up for Military Science courses, prior to attending class.
In order to contract with the United States Army ROTC, you must meet all eligibility requirements and provide proof of citizenship (or application for citizenship), pass an Army physical examination, undergo a background check, and complete all required paperwork. Anyone desiring to contract with ROTC must contact the ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer to begin the process to discuss eligibility and competitive requirements. See information brief for a list of general eligibility requirements for scholarships and contracting.
In order to contract into the ROTC program, you must not only be mentally fit, but physically fit as well. Our phyical fitness program consists of mandatory training 3 days a week (M/W/F) from 0550 to 0700 each morning (contracted Cadets only). Enrolled students are encouraged to attend PT (Physical Training) to improve their fitness level and get to know how the Army Physical Fitness Program works and get to know the other Cadets and Cadre better.
Army Physical Fitness Test - The APFT consists of the push up, the sit up, and the 2 mile run. Each event is scored on a 100 point scale, for a total of 300 points maximum (standard scale). You are required to pass the APFT with a minimum score of 180 (60 points in each event). You will tested by performing the push up and sit up events for 2 minutes each, then execute the 2 mile run. The minimum passing scores for each event (for a 17 to 21 year old) is:
Male: push up - 42; sit up - 53; 2 mi run - 15:54 or better
Female: push up - 19; sit up - 53; 2 mi run - 18:54 or better
For more information about regular ROTC Scholarships, Nursing Scholarships, Contracting, ROTC Training requirements, Benefits and more, take a look at our information brief below (pdf).
Already a member of the Virginia Army National Guard or Army Reserves? Learn how to become a Duke Battalion Cadet through the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
What to learn more about how to apply for an Army ROTC High School Scholarship? Click on the link below to visit the Army's ROTC website for further information.
Find out more detailed information in the Duke Battalion Cadet Handbook
AIR FORCE ROTC - The Air Force ROTC program offers JMU students the opportunity to join the UVA Detachment and enroll in classes held at UVA. If you're interested in the Air Force ROTC program, contact the UVA AFROTC Detachment POC at 434-924-6832 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit their website at http://www.virginia.edu/afrotc/ or http://www.virginia.edu/afrotc/?p=contact