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Northwest Missouri State University


What do graduates do after completing the ROTC program?

When students complete the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program with a bachelor's degree in a field of their choice and a minor in Military Science, they earn the rank of Second Lieutenant and become commissioned in the U.S. Army. Graduates start serving their country immediately.

Northwest graduates of the ROTC program have continued their studies in officer school, aviator training and a variety of advanced study opportunities. Some have served in a Reserve unit and others have been deployed for active duty overseas. Many have remained in the military as a career.

Because of their extensive leadership training through the ROTC program, new lieutenants may be placed in charge of over 40 soldiers and millions of dollars of equipment within six months of graduating.

Those graduates who complete their military commitment and seek a civilian career quickly realize the value of the ROTC and military experiences. The ROTC leadership training program is a tremendous opportunity for college students to develop leadership skills that give them a distinct advantage over fellow college students in the civilian world. Employers place high regard on the management and leadership skills that ROTC instructors stress.

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What type of graduate schools and programs are your graduates attending?

Graduates are offered multiple advanced education opportunities as part of an officer's progression up the ranks, such as Officer Basic Course and Captains Career Course.

ROTC graduates have the option of pursuing a master's degree while serving in the U.S. Army at the institution of their choice. The Army has an agreement with Webster University to use credits earned in the Captains Career Course to count toward a master's degree.

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How does your program prepare graduates for a commission in the U.S. Army?

The ROTC program is a rewarding experience that teaches students pride, discipline, commitment and most importantly, leadership. Through class work, weekly labs and additional training opportunities, students develop outstanding leadership skills that prepare them to become officers in the U.S. Army.

Faculty members, known as the cadre, work very closely with students, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses and helping them improve their leadership skills.

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