The Program


Prospective Students

Army ROTC: It’s How Students Become Leaders Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and offers classes you can take as electives within your normal college curriculum. You can take up to the first two years of the program without having to contract to serve in the Army. There are programs for students with two, three or four years of college remaining and there is even a program for graduate students. Of course there are scholarships and other financial programs for every option but the best part of the program is the training and experience that you can’t find anywhere else on campus. Being a student in ROTC will enhance the quality of your education and will better prepare you for whatever career you pursue.

Our Program – The Cyclone Battalion We have one of the premier Army ROTC Departments in the country with over 140 cadets at three institutions. Our cadets at ISU are part of our “host” program with “partnership” programs at Drake University with students from Grand View College in Des Moines and Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. The Drake and Buena Vista cadets attend classes and other ROTC events at their respective universities and we hold several combined events during each school year. All cadets receive the same high quality training regardless of the school they attend. The cadets at all three schools are part of what we call “The Cyclone Battalion”

Our Strength – The Cadets We believe the strength of our program lies in the quality of our cadets

The Reason – Standards The reason our cadets are so incredibly strong is because we set and enforce high standards.

Our Training – Focused Our training is focused around classes, labs, physical training and field training exercises.

Our Results – Great Lieutenants Our program produces highly qualified lieutenants who are well prepared to be US Army Officers.

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.

Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong, and leaders who have a great desire to learn.

Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an ROTC Scholarship.