(Reserve Officer Training Corps)
Want to earn a Commission in the United States Army? If you answered yes to that question, then look into Army ROTC at your local University. Army ROTC is a 4 year program designed to assist in accomplishing 2 goals at one time. What I mean by that is that you have the ability to obtain your civilian degree as well as a commission in the US Army.
Army ROTC is split into two courses: the BASIC Course, and the ADVANCED Course. The Basic course covers the basic information and general army practices during the Freshman and Sophomore years. The Advanced Course is for contracted Cadets who have signed a contract stating that they will serve time in the United States Army after completing the Junior and Senior years of the degree program.
National Guard and Reserve members who have completed Basic Training and AIT do not have to attend the Basic Course, but just have to join the program prior to starting their Junior year.
In order to earn a commission, you must complete the entire Advanced Course of the ROTC program to include completing the ROTC Advanced Course held at Fort Lewis, Washington during the summer between the cadet's Junior and Senior years. Each cadet is responsible for being physically fit enough to pass a Physical Fitness (PT) Test at any time.
The USC Army ROTC is the Battalion Headquarters for Columbia College, Benedict College, the University of South Carolina - Columbia, and Morris College (Sumter, SC). The Professor of Military Science is Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Buchanan.
Use the links below to gain information to contact the Staff of USC's Army ROTC Department.