Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is one of the smartest college courses you can take!
There is no military obligation for taking introductory "basic" courses (freshman and sophomore years). Once you accept a federal scholarship or enter advanced courses (junior and senior years), you incur an obligation for officer service upon graduation. You may be guaranteed assignment to Reserve duty or compete for Active duty; the initial active duty obligation is for 3 or 4 years.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH US ARMY ROTC
The cost of a college education is escalating all the time. To help you meet these rising costs, Army ROTC offers four-, three- and two-year scholarships, awarded strictly on merit, to the most outstanding students who apply. These scholarships pay:
You may be eligible for a four-year scholarship if you are preparing to enter college as a freshman and meet the following qualifications/requirements;
Selection of winners is based on
Illinois State ROTC Campus Based Scholarship is a one to four year scholarship that pays full tuition, athletic and activity fees. It is awarded by the Chairman, Department of Military Science, on a competitive basis to students enrolled in Military Science classes. Up to 10 scholarships are awarded to each class. Once awarded, the scholarships are retained as long as the student is in good standing in the ROTC Program. Application for the scholarship should be made to the Chairman, Department of Military Science, EIU. Applicants are not required to be enrolled in a Military Science course at the time of application
Illinois State ROTC Transfer Student Scholarship is awarded by State Community Colleges to students transferring to EIU and entering the ROTC Program. The scholarship pays 100% tuition, athletic and activity fees. Each Community College has up to three scholarships per year. The Chairman, Department of Military Science, certifies enrollment in the Army ROTC Program and the Scholarship is awarded by each Community College on a competitive basis. Applications should be made to the Chairman, Department of Military Science, Eastern Illinois University. Applicants are not required to be enrolled in a Military Science course at the time of application. All students will be counseled of their responsibility to maintain the Illinois General Assembly Scholarship.
The Illinois National Guard Grant pays tuition and eligible fees (registration, graduation, and general activity fees) at all Illinois 2- or 4-year public colleges. The applicant must be active in the Illinois National Guard and have served for at least one year. Enlisted persons currently serving and C company grade officers are eligible for the grant. The Illinois National Guard Grant is an entitlement program and is awarded to eligible recipients regardless of the funding level. A grant recipient is entitled to receive payment of tuition and eligible fees for a period equivalent to 8 semesters of full-time enrollment. This grant can be used for either undergraduate or graduate enrollment. A recipient may not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant. There is no minimum enrollment requirement and non-credit courses are eligible for the Illinois National Guard Grant. To apply a student must file an Illinois National Guard Grant Application annually indicating the institution they plan to attend. Eligibility in one academic year does not carry over to future years. The deadline dates for applications are October 1 - first term, March 1 - second semester, and June 15 - summer term. More detailed application requirements and the application are available online at www.collegezone.com.
Army ROTC cadets put their leadership studies into action during a field training exercise each semester. These activities usually take place somewhere in IL or neighboring states, and include events like tactical training, land navigation, obstacle courses, marksmanship training, leader reaction courses, and others.
Students can also participate in ROTC extracurricular activities. The Ranger Challenge Team engages in a physically and mentally grueling, multi-day competition against other universities. Success in Illinois and the Midwest can ultimately lead to a chance to enter the Sandhurst Competition at the USMA at West Point and compete against the best teams from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries.
The Panther Battalion Color Guard carries and presents the National and State Colors at many campus and local events, and the ROTC Cannon Crew is in the end zone for every home football game celebrating each score with cannon fire and pushups.
ROTC social activities include picnics at the beginning and end of the school year, and a formal Military Ball in the spring. We also volunteer as a group for many campus and community events and causes, and encourage volunteering individually to support Eastern Illinois University and the surrounding communities. The Leadership and Excellence Club is our Registered Student organization, and organizes many of our volunteer and social activities. LEC is open to all students, as is the Basic ROTC Course.
Cadets may also apply for summer internships at Army posts, Cultural Immersion programs in over 40 countries, and special military training such as Airborne (Parachute), Air Assault (Rappelling and Helicopters), and Basic Mountaineering Courses.
I am a sophomore or a graduate student. Did I miss out on the opportunity to join ROTC?
The answer is no. The summer between your sophomore and junior year you can attend a four week training session at Fort Knox, Kentucky and become eligible to enter into ROTC’s advance course the fall of your junior year. Provided you are academically aligned and with graduate with your degree in four semesters. Graduate students can attend the training and become eligible to enter into ROTC’s advance course the fall of their first year in graduate school.
Interested students should contact the ROTC Office at (217) 581-5944, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Room 4303 in Klehm Hall.