ROTC is the Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps - a program that prepares college students to earn commissions in the United States Army by teaching them Military Science.
The IWU Army ROTC program is one of the best leadership courses in the country and functions as a part of the student's college curriculum. During classes and field training, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an officer in the Army.
What is Military Science?
Military Science is a leadership and management development program that prepares students for officer responsibilities in the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard following graduation. Military science can help you succeed during college and afterwards. You'll gain confidence and self-discipline, acquire leadership skills and credentials that will impress employers when you graduate, and earn opportunities for service-to-country as an officer, full time on active duty or part time as you pursue your civilian career.
Military Science cadets put their leadership studies into action during practical exercises each semester. These activities are required for students in advanced courses and all scholarship recipients. Near the end of the program, cadets attend a national leadership camp for five weeks. Many cadets take advantage of additional summer opportunities as well as internships at Army posts.
Military Science offers several extracurricular, social, and professional activates on campus, including the Cardinal Ranger Club, Color Guard, Norwegian March, German Proficiency Badge, Ranger Challenge, and paintball, just to name a few.
What Else Does ROTC Offer?
ROTC offers scholarships for nursing majors. In addition to paying full tuition, the Army will give you your first stethoscope upon starting clinicals as well as a Palm Pilot your junior year. After completion of all pre-nursing classes, ROTC holds five guaranteed slots in the nursing program, which all other students must compete for. Upon commissioning, nursing majors are guaranteed to serve in nursing while in the Army.
The Army Nurse Corps encourages its nurses to improve their skills and enhance their professional experience through a variety of educational programs including postgraduate opportunities and continuing education, and specialty courses.
The Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) is part of the Cadet Apprenticeship Program. Nursing cadets are assigned to Army medical facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia. The NSTP provides nursing cadets with opportunities to develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment.