Radford Army ROTC is an exciting and challenging college program whose goal is preparing college students to be US Army leaders.  Our graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army and sent to further training in one of 16 duty branches such as the Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Quartermaster, and Military Intelligence branches.

Join Army ROTC

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Joining Radford Army ROTC is easy.  Add Military Science (MSCI) 111 to your course list if you are a Radford University freshman.  This is usually done during your QUEST freshman orientation. 

If you are a sophomore, the Military Science Office will have to assist you because you will need an override to add the appropriate military science course.

Either way, stop by the military science department office located in Hemphill Hall 3301.  We are down hall from Starbucks!

Scholarship Information

ROTC National Scholarship Program:

The primary source of Army ROTC scholarships is the National ROTC Scholarship Program.  These scholarships are awarded to high school seniors during their senior year of high school.  The dates vary each year.  For HS seniors during the 2022-2023 school year the National Scholarship critical dates are:

12 JUN 2022 Application for School Year 2023 opens
17-21 OCT 2022 1st Selection Board. To compete in this board you must have your documents in no later than (NLT) 10 October 2022.
23-27 JAN 2023 2nd Selection Board. To compete in this board you must have your documents in NLT 16 January 2023.
04 FEB 2023 Last Day to create an online application
13-17 MAR 2023 3rd Selection Board. To compete in this board you must have your documents in NLT 06 March 2023.

 To begin your application process look for the "How to Apply" paragraph located at:   https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/find-your-path/army-officers/rotc/scholarships.html  and follow the instructions. 

If you have questions about the process, or about the Radford Army ROTC program, please call us at our office.

Campus based scholarships:

If you didn't win a National ROTC scholarship, campus based scholarships are for you.  Cadets can compete for available 1-3 year scholarships.  Competing Cadets submit a scholarship aplication to their ROTC instructor or Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO), conduct a scholarship board interview with members of the ROTC cadre. 

Cadet's board score are combined with scores based on their collegiate GPA, physical fitness test results, and any other other factors directed by our Professor of Military Science (PMS) to generate an order of merit list (OML) score.  Generally, Cadets with the highest OML score are awarded the campus based scholarship.  Cadets can apply for a campus based scholarship by filling out an application from their ROO or ROTC instructor.

Benefits of ROTC

Why join Army ROTC?  If you win an Army ROTC scholarship, this is a moot point, but even if you don't there are a lot of advantages to joining Army ROTC:

  • Support:  Our detachment is small. As a member, you would be a member of a close knit community who takes care of their own.  If you need help, our cadre are there to provide you with personalized assistance.
  • Physical Fitness:  While you are here at Radford University buffing up your mind, we make sure that your body isn't neglected.  While this may make you sore at first, you will feel much better in the end.  We do get up early, but you get to see the sun rise.  Isnt' that a good thing? 
  • A job lined up for after graduation:  You graduate as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army.  Choose to go into the Active Army and that means a steady satisfying employment for at least four years, and for as long as you want to serve.  Health care is included (after commissioning), and the ability to retire after 20 years of service.  Service in the Army Reserve or National Guard will allow you serve your Country part time while pursuing the profession of your choice during the week.  Your unit will be a valuable network for finding employment.
  • Fiscal support:  Once a Cadet contracts (After their first year of ROTC) they are eligible for 10 monthly stipends of $420 per month to help defray the cost of their education.  
  • Nursing:  The Radford University School of Nursing (SON) provides additional benefits for Army ROTC Cadets.  Army ROTC nursing Cadets will be granted up to five guaranteed seats for acceptance into the nursing program if they have a GPA of 3.0 or better and meet all other academic acceptance requirements.  Additionally, ROTC Nursing Cadets can recieve up to 2 academic credits and 90 clinical hours for attending the Army's Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) during the summer after their junior year.

Cadre

CPT Promotable Drew Snow
Detachment Officer in Charge (OIC)
Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)
MS IV (Seniors) Instructor 

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CPT Sara Carriker
Assistant Professor Military Science (APMS)
MS II (Sophomores) Instructor

 

 

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SFC Joseph Markley
Military Science Instructor (MSI)
MS III Instructor

 

 

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Brian Francis
Military Science Instructor (MSI)
Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO)                             Independent Study

 

 

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Rick Harrison
Radford University
Administrative Assistant

 

 

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Shannon O'Reilly
Senior Military Science instructor (SMSI)
MS I (Freshman) Instructor