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Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC: An Introduction and FAQ

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a leadership training course offered at Union University through the UT Martin agreement. This is an opportunity for Freshman through Junior students, although it is encouraged that students begin the program as incoming Freshman or after finishing their Freshman year. ROTC is open to all students regardless of major/minor.

Students will learn the "History of the Military Basic to Advanced" and will be prepared for either military or civilian life. Along with the leadership benefits and being guaranteed a job upon graduation, there are also financial benefits to be found through scholarships and tuition assistance.

Each student who participates in this program will attend course lecture given each Wednesday on the Jackson State Community College campus. Students will attend a lab each Thursday and attend physical training every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 a.m. Upon graduation, those on ROTC scholarship are on active duty for 4 years and in the reserves for 8 years. No student will be deployed until they have completed their degree.

These courses may or may not count towards your major/minor; this decision is left to the chair of an academic department. These courses can be located on the University Course Schedule under the UT Martin Agreement, listed at 100-level through 400-level. Courses, and their earned grades, will apply toward graduation hours and GPA.

If you are interested in learning more about the ROTC program, please contact:

William J. Crawford, CPT, EN, TNARNG
Skyhawk BN ROTC
UT (Martin)
129 Moody Ave.
Martin, TN. 38238
Cell 731-412-8371
Office 731-881-7682
Fax 731-881-7161


Who is eligible for ROTC?

There are opportunities for freshmen through juniors. The complete program works best with incoming freshmen students or students just finishing their freshman year. All majors are welcome to apply.

What are the financial benefits?

If you complete the program, you are guaranteed a full or part-time job upon graduation. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available.

Can I gain course credit?

Yes, ROTC classes are offered for course credit and will be listed in the course schedule. Courses are listed on Union's schedule as UTMA (UTMartin agreement) 100-level thru 400 level (one each) courses are listed with Martin's course prefix and title inserted in the title. These classes apply as electives toward 128 hours for graduation and toward UL when numbered 300/400 level. An academic department chair has the authority to agree to accept these credits into a student's major or minor as a course substitute if applicable. For example these courses would fit, in part, if the student were majoring in business as applicable to the University Studies minor and with advisor-approval of their application.

How does ROTC fit into my weekly schedule?

Course lectures are given each Wednesday. Students take a lab each Thursday. Physical training occurs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:30a.m.

Where are the course lectures given?

All ROTC college students take these courses together on the campus of Jackson State Community College.

What is the time commitment when I graduate?

Those on ROTC scholarship are Active duty for 4 years and in the reserves for 8 years.

What would I learn in ROTC?

The history of the Military Basic to Advanced. (2008 polling data by USA today states this program is the number one leadership management school in the nation to prepare young people for the military or civilian world.)

Would I be deployed?

No. ROTC students finish their degree first before going anywhere.

What local colleges participate in this particular ROTC?

UT (Martin), Jackson State Comm. College, Bethel University, Freed Hardeman University, and Union University students all participate in this program together.

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