Frequently Asked Questions
Q. By enrolling in Clarion ROTC, are you joining the Army?
A. No. Students who enroll in ROTC don't join the Army. They take an ROTC class for which they receive credit. It's considered a college elective.
Q. Is Clarion Army ROTC like "basic training or boot camp"?
A. No. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree. Cadets are not required to attend basic training in order to complete the necessary requirements to earn a commission in the United States Army.
Q. What can students expect to learn by taking Clarion Army ROTC?
A. Quite simply, leadership and management skills needed to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career.
Q. What makes Clarion Army ROTC different from regular college leadership/management courses?
A. Students in ROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "practical" exercises.
Q. Is there a military obligation during college?
A. During the first two years, ROTC cadets have no military obligation.
Q. What is the ROTC course comprised of?
A. The ROTC program is divided into phases: The Basic Course (Freshman and Sophomore Years) studies Army history, organization, structure, and basic military skills, such as basic rifle marksmanship, first aid training, and land navigation. The techniques and principles of leadership and management are stressed throughout. The Advanced Course (Junior and Senior Years) concentrates on tactical operations and military instruction, as well as advanced techniques of management, leadership, and command.
Q. Does Clarion Army ROTC offer scholarships?
A. Yes. ROTC awards scholarships to eligible cadets based on merit. Scholarships awarded can be four, three, or two year scholarships.
Q. How much money does Clarion Army ROTC usually award and what does the money go towards?
A. An Clarion Army ROTC scholarship pays full tuition and fees to include a monthly spending allowance of $300 to $500 depending on what academic year you are in. (Freshman= $300, Sophomore=$350, Junior=$450, Senior=$500) and a Yearly Book Allowance of $900.
Q. On what basis are scholarship winners chosen?
A. ROTC scholarships are not based on financial need. Instead, they're awarded on merit. Merit is exhibited in academic achievement and extracurricular activities, such as sports, student government or part-time work.
Q. Can only scholarship winners enroll in Clarion Army ROTC?
A. No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC, regardless of whether you're a scholarship winner or not, and all equipment is furnished at not cost to you.
Q. How often are Army ROTC scholarships awarded?
A. Scholarships are awarded once a year for high school students. Students apply by December 15 and selections are made continuously thru May 15. Four-year scholarship applications must be requested between March 1 & November 1. Also, if you are already on campus, two-year and three-year scholarships are often available.
Q. How do students benefit from Clarion Army ROTC?
A. In college and after graduation, cadets find that the training and experience that they have received are assets - whether pursuing an Army or civilian career. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress. Plus, ROTC looks great on a resume. When cadets complete the ROTC course, upon graduation, they become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army (Active component, Reserve Component or National Guard).