U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps

The mission of the ROTC is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young 
peopleto be better Americans. Army ROTC develops self-discipline, responsibility, and the confidence necessary to 
succeed in the Army or in a civilian career through recruiting, selecting, motivating, training, and retaining students who 
possess leadership potential.  

ROTC graduates are leaders, thinkers and decision-makers. They meet problems head-on and solve them quickly. They know how to adapt to situations and take charge. They will find that their background and experience in ROTC 
can be a valuable asset if they decide to pursue a civilian career or career in the Army. The practical experience they gain by completing Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), and the advance course will determine 
their placement in active duty or reserve and the branch they will receive in the Army. The Military Science Program of 
Instruction is structured to develop and assess the following characteristics within students:   

  • A strong personal integrity and a sense of duty
  • A strong sense of individual responsibility and accountability
  • An understanding of the  principles of leadership, time management, and organizational structures
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • A general knowledge of the historical development of the U.S. Army and its role in support of national objectives
  • An understanding of military life as a commissioned officer to include opportunities and obligations
  • Development of cadets’ ethical and moral perspective
  • The ability to apply principles of leadership, management, and tactics


Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps

AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. 

AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies). 

College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as "cadets") who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force.

Locally, the AFROTC program is currently offered at North Carolina State University, which has a crosstown agreement that allows students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, click here. For details on the AFROTC program, click here.