Mississippi Valley State University

July 29, 2014

Why Army ROTC

The Army offers a wider range of career opportunities in more places around the world than any other U.S. military branch.

1.) The Army ROTC leadership development program is second to none. Please see About ROTC to read about our training.

2.) The Army is by far the largest branch in terms of soldiers with approximately 507,000 active duty soldiers as compared to 347,500 sailors, 347,000 airmen, and 180,000 marines. This means that as an Army officer you have a much more diverse field of jobs to choose from and greater room for advancement. EVERYONE contributes to the fight but as an Army officer there are opportunities to lead units fighting at the ‘tip of the spear’ and to lead supporting units requiring a great deal of technical knowledge. It is very common to switch from one side of the spectrum to the other throughout one’s career. In the other branches it TENDS to be MAINLY ‘tip of the spear’ types of missions or MAINLY ‘rear with the gear’ types of missions.

For more information on the different branches in the Army Please click on these links.

Branch Orientation

Branch Description

If you are interested in joining the Army as a Health Care Professional, please click on the link to view the following brochure.

Health Care Professions Scholarships

3.) Army ROTC offers a chance to work with National Guard Units. This includes the SMP program in which cadets can train as enlisted NG soldiers (non-deployable) while they are also training as cadets. This is just another opportunity to get more experience (and a little more money) before becoming a platoon leader yourself.

4.) Greater opportunity to work as a ‘part time’ soldier after commissioning. The Army has the largest Reserve Component and has the Army National Guard. This means that if you desire to have a civilian job immediately after college you will have the greatest opportunity to do so with the Army.

* Reserve officers drill at units distributed throughout the country while NG officers choose a state they want to serve in and drill at units within that state (transferring from one state’s NG to another is relatively easy).