Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Original caption from April 26, 1917: Princeton Students Drilling. Princeton is running true to form and everyone of the 1,600 students at the school is engaged in military work of some kind. An infantry regiment of about 800 men has been formed. Photo shows some of the members of the regiment being instructed in the manual of arms.


Leadership Excellence

Earn a commission and a degree
Army ROTC is a college elective that allows you to earn a commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard, the Army Reserve, and the Active Army. ROTC consists of both academic classes and hands-on training. These mental and physical challenges will help you succeed in college and beyond.

Participation takes just a few hours per week, so it won’t interfere with other academic studies, sports or your social life. You will learn about leadership and teamwork, and have the opportunity to learn skills like mountaineering, rappelling and orienteering. It may be one of the best college classes you will ever take.

Like any elective it fits into your class schedule
ROTC is structured as most other college electives and gives you the opportunity to earn credits towards your degree. Enrollment, however, is not limited to students aspiring to be a military officer. Anyone interested in fine-tuning his or her leadership ability is able to participate in the program during his or her freshman and sophomore years without military commitment.

ROTC is one of the most flexible and accommodating college courses you can take. Although there is a strict training calendar, it is understood that you are a college student with multiple obligations. Academics come first! Here’s what to expect:

Physical Training: Intense group sessions to improve your health and fitness
Class instruction: Learn leadership and military theory
Leadership labs: Lead your peers in missions and practice what you have learned
Field training: Action packed weekend filled with advanced skill set exercises

Benefits and Opportunities
Army ROTC is one of the Nation’s top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through ROTC you can:

  • Establish friendships that last a lifetime
  • Gain leadership experience you can’t find anywhere else
  • Earn the respect of your peers and future employers
  • Scholarships, monthly stipends, and money for books are awarded
  • Compete for a slot to Airborne School, Air Assault School, and other adventure schools
  • Check out our ROTC Stipends / Scholarships page for more information on these great benefits

to get started

Check out our web pages describing ROTC programs at Seton Hall, Rutgers, Princeton/TCNJ/Rowan. Then contact our Officer Strength Manager or the ROTC Liaison.

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