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What is Army ROTC?

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program is a 4 year college curriculum which produces over 70% of the Officers for the Regular Army, the Army Reserves and the Army National Guard. Admission is open to all college students who meet the mental, moral, and physical qualifications, and who attend James Madison University, or one our crosstown unit schools (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 college requirements and schedule. 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 of the 275 host ROTC programs in the nation.  With enrollment of around 170 students each year, 60 percent are male, and 40 percent are female.  With the ever changing global environment and Department of Defense needs, the Military Science Department is constantly adapting to the requirements by the Department of the Army.

Students participating in Army ROTC have the opportunity to join clubs and organizations around campus to broaden their experiences during college. As a member of the Duke Battalion, you can also participate in the Color Guard, Ranger Group, Cannon Crew, Cyber Club and the Army 10 Miler Team.

Your academic course of instruction is our primary concern. The Military Science Department offers a Leadership minor program, and students may choose any academic major. The military science courses (43 credits) are in addition to the student’s normal academic program of study which is usually 120 credits. 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!

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