"Can Graduate Students do Army ROTC?"
A common misconception for many prospective students is that Army ROTC is not an option for graduate students. Joining Army ROTC and becoming an officer is definitely possible as a graduate student but requires planning. Since a graduate student will automatically start off in the junior year of Army ROTC, certain requirements must be met even before a student begins there graduate program in order to make up the prerequisite 100 and 200 level ROTC courses.
Making up the MIlitary Science 100 and 200 level courses
Making up the prerequisite 100 and 200 level Army ROTC courses can be accomplished by attending the Cadet Initial Entry Training - Lateral Entry (CIET-LE). CIET-LE is a 40 day long camp that takes place at Fort Knox, KY. It is similar to Army Basic Training but with a greater focus on leadership and preparation for succeeding in the advanced phase of Army ROTC. Once a cadet has been through CIET-LE they have satisfied all the training requirements to begin the third year of Army ROTC.
The greatest challenge with getting a graduate student to CIET-LE is identifying that they need to attend CIET-LE prior to the summer before they start graduate school. It is important that a prospective graduate student begins working with CWU Army ROTC well before the summer prior to starting graduate school.
Individuals who have been to basic training for the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force have also satisfied the 100 and 200 level class requirements and can immediately start the third year of Army ROTC.
Two year scholarships are available for graduate students! Students can apply for these scholarships prior to attending CIET-LE by contacting the Scholarship and Enrollment Manger at 509-963-3520.
"Do I have to go on Active Duty?"
Just like all cadets who go through all four years of Army ROTC. Graduate students can choose to compete for active duty or volunteer to go into the National Guard or Army Reserve. Special scholarships are available that will lock students into National Guard or Army Reserve service if they so desire.
As with all other students we are hoping to bring into our program and make officers we are looking at three sets of qualities: Scholar, Athlete and Leader. For graduate students we like to see individuals who completed there undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher. We also like to see individuals who have kept in good physical shape and show leadership potential.
It is important to be accepted to a graduate program at CWU as early as possible and definitely prior to being sent to CIET-LE.
Besides showing the academic, athletic and leadership qualities our ROTC program is looking for, a student must also be legal and medically qualified for military service. More details on what constitutes being legally and medically qualified will be explained upon meeting with the Scholarship and Enrollment Officer.
Questions or information on how to start
Call the CWU Army ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Office at 509-963-3520 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.