Frequently asked questions


What is the difference between officers and enlisted personnel?

Enlisted personnel enter the Army through basic training. A college degree is not required and their skill set is very specific. An officer must have a college degree and has a much broader set of skills. Officers are held accountable and are responsible for the training of enlisted personnel with the help of their Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs).

What are the special schools that I can to through Army ROTC?

Cadets selected to attend Army special schools gain valuable leadership skills and training not offered on campus. Norwich University Army ROTC cadets can attend several Army training courses such as Basic Parachutist Course (Airborne), Air Assault, and Army National Guard Mountain Warfare Course.

What are the standards for passing the Army Physical Fitness Test?

You must pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

Army Physical Fitness Test
Exercise Age 17–21 Age 22–26
Min. Max. Min. Max.
2 Minutes of Push-ups 42 71 40 74
2 Minutes of Sit-ups 53 78 50 80
2 Mile Run 15:54 13:00 16:36 13:00
2 Minutes of Push-ups 19 42 17 46
2 Minutes of Sit-ups 53 78 50 80
2 Mile Run 18:54 15:36 19:36 15:36

What is physical training like for Army ROTC?

Cadets report to ROTC at various levels of physical readiness and ability. During the first weeks of training, the focus is on progressive training of the whole body. Cadets in ROTC perform toughening phase activities during Physical Readiness Training sessions.

Can I study abroad while a member of Army ROTC?

Yes, but it is usually authorized first by the Army ROTC Professor of Military Science.

Along with the Norwich University study-abroad options, cadets have the opportunity to participate in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program. In this program, cadets train and interact with foreign militaries and their cadets.

Can I commission through Army ROTC if I have dual-citizenship or if I am a non-US citizen?

  • Dual-citizens must renounce their non-US citizenship.
  • Non-US citizens must become US citizens to contract and commission.

What is the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)?

The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as officer trainees in the Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.

What kind of training is conducted through the Army ROTC?

The main focus of Army ROTC is leader development. Tactically, cadets will learn how to conduct and lead battle drills, how to move with their units, basic marksmanship skills, land navigation skills, and hands-on opportunities to develop and refine their leadership skills.

What facilities and materials are available for training at Army ROTC?

Training for Army ROTC cadets can be conducted on-campus or at a nearby military installation, along with Fort Knox.

What is an LDX?

Leadership Development Exercise—A training event where cadets apply learned skills in a field environment.

What is BOLC [Basic Officer Leader’s Course] (A and B)?

  • BOLC A — (ROTC), learn the basics of leadership, a pre-commissioning course
  • BOLC B – Newly commissioned officers learn the basic skills and responsibilities appropriate to the officer’s assigned branch.

Medical and physical requirements

What is a DoDMERB?

The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) is the Department of Defense Agency responsible for the determination of medical qualification of applicants for appointment to a United States Service Academy, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Programs of the United States Armed Forces, and other programs as assigned by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

What is a “remedial”?

A remedial is a need for more testing or clarification on the part of the DoDMERB after the initial physical.

Who pays for a remedial?

The student pays for a remedial.

What is a medical waiver?

A medical waiver is requested if you are medically disqualified for any reason from the DoDMERB physical. If disqualified, the ROTC department will help direct you on how to obtain a medical waiver, if applicable.

What are the physical requirements for contracting?

All cadets must be able to pass all three events of the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet height/weight requirements.

What are the height/weight standards?

Each cadet is individually responsible for maintaining the Army standards for height and weight. A table of the height and weight standards can be found on Page 4 of AR 600-9 at

Contracting and commissioning

What is the commitment to the military if I contract with Army ROTC?

All cadets who choose to contract with Army ROTC will have a total service obligation of eight years. The amount of time required to serve in the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, or on active duty will vary based on the cadet’s contract.

Are scholarships available to those cadets seeking to commission in the Reserve Component?

Yes, upon availability there are opportunities for cadets to be offered an Army ROTC Scholarship which the cadet may choose to commission into either the National Guard or the Army Reserves.

Is there an opportunity to apply for an Army ROTC scholarship if I am already in Army ROTC?

Yes, upon availability there are opportunities to compete for a campus based scholarship. The number of available scholarships are limited and awarded to extremely competitive cadets.


What does an Army ROTC scholarship cover?

Full tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, a uniform allowance and a book allowance.

Does an Army ROTC scholarship cover room and board?

The Army ROTC Scholarship will cover either full tuition and fees or room and board. If the cadet has a separate scholarship that will cover tuition and fees, the Army ROTC Scholarship will pay for room and board. If the Army ROTC Scholarship is covering tuition and fees the cadet is responsible for room and board. However, for those students who have an Army ROTC scholarship, Norwich University will cover room and board under the Gen. I.D. White scholarship.

What is the process of obtaining a scholarship?

For high school students competing for the national based scholarship, please visit for more information.

For cadets currently enrolled in Army ROTC, please contact the Recruiting Operations Officers for more information on scholarship eligibility.







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