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What is Army ROTC

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The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was born when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Defense Act of 1916. Since its inception, Army ROTC has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million Officers. It is the largest commissioning source in the American military.

Army ROTC is a diverse group of men and women with more than 20,000 Cadets currently enrolled nationwide.

Army ROTC has a total of 273 host programs with more than 1,100 partnership and affiliate schools across the country. It produces approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. More than 40 percent of current Active Duty Army General Officers were commissioned through ROTC. Army ROTC provides Cadets with the character-building aspects of a well rounded, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training.

USC Army ROTC is one of the best ROTC programs in the country with more than 200 Cadets on seven college campuses.  In addition to the Columbia Campus of the University of South Carolina we have students at Columbia College, Benedict University, Francis Marion University, Coastal Carolina University, Allen University and Morris College. 

With Cadets in more than 60 majors, we have an academically diverse program that allows you to achieve your individual educational goal while earning your Army commission.

Our program is unique in that we have direct access to Fort Jackson, SC giving our Cadets the opportunity to train at the Army's premier training base using state of the art facilities and ranges.