Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is open to both men and women, freshmen through first year graduate students, and may lead to a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Army ROTC enhances a student’s education by providing unique leadership and management training, along with practical experiences. The curriculum is designed to be challenging, educational, and flexible enough to allow students to meet scholastic and personal goals. Classes and training include leadership development, leadership problem-solving, tactics, physical training, map reading, land navigation, rappelling, rifle marksmanship, patrolling, drill and ceremony, military history, ethics, and military law. Students can earn 18 hours of academic credit for completing four years of Army ROTC. Those who do so may be eligible for a Defense Studies minor.  All uniforms, military textbooks, and equipment are issued to contracted Basic Military Science freshman/sophomore cadets and any junior cadets in the advance course that have not been previously issued at no charge.

Army Reserve Officer Training

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program gives students an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for commissioning as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The program offers a two, three, and four-year option. The two-year option allows students with at least two academic years remaining in college to meet all requirements for commissioning by attending basic camp or using past military experience for credit.

Basic Military Science

The Basic Military Science courses are offered during the freshman and sophomore years. These courses cover military organization, equipment, weapons, map reading, land navigation, use of compass, rank structure, threat, communications, leadership, and physical training. Each course consists of classroom instruction and a mandatory lab. Students are required to have a doctor’s statement allowing participation in college-level physical education classes. Freshman and sophomore students may enroll in Basic Military Science classes with no obligation to the Army. Contracted freshman and sophomores may be required to attend Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY during the summer of their freshman or sophomore year.

Advanced Military Science

The Advanced Military Science courses are taken during the junior and senior years. These courses specialize in small unit tactics, preparation and conduct of military training, military justice system, staff procedures, decision making and leadership, managerial concepts, problem analysis, military writing, the ethics of the professional soldier, and physical training. The courses consist of classroom instruction and a mandatory lab. This phase requires attendance at a four week Cadet Leadership Course (Advance Camp) held at Fort Knox, KY during the summer after the junior year.

Basic Camp

A summer training program is offered for students without previous ROTC or military training who will be academic juniors. A four-week course at Fort Knox, KY, during the summer after the sophomore year qualifies a student for entry into the Advanced Course, thus allowing completion of all requirements for commissioning in two years. Students attending the summer camp at Fort Knox receive approximately $800. Students receive six hours of credit for the basic military science course upon completion of the Leadership Training Course.


All contracted military science students receive a monthly stipend of $300-$500 per month.

Four-year, three-year, and two-year scholarships are available to those who qualify. The higher the student’s GPA, physical fitness and SAT/ACT scores, the better their chance of being selected as a scholarship recipient.

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be under 31 years of age prior to commissioning (Can be waived)
  • Meet required medical and physical standards
  • Have a minimum cumulative academic GPA of 2.50
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 920 or an ACT composite score of 19

Scholarship benefits include:

  • Full tuition and fees per year
  • A subsistence allowance of $300-$500 per month
  • A $600 book allowance per semester
  • In addition to the Army’s scholarship aid, Embry-Riddle also offers University funded financial incentives to new high school Army ROTC Tuition Scholarship winners. Army Green to Gold Scholarship winners may be eligible for these incentives as well. University incentives are offered at the discretion of the campus Financial Aid Office, not Army ROTC. University funding includes any University funded scholarships, grants, and awards. University funding, in combination with funding from Army ROTC and other sources, cannot exceed the cost of education. Army ROTC Tuition Scholarship winners should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information regarding financial incentives funded by the University.

Admission to the Basic Course:

Admission requirements are:

  • Enrollment in a baccalaureate or master’s degree program
  • Must be at least 17 years of age at time of entry
  • U.S. citizen
  • Must maintain full-time student status each term

Admission to the Advanced Course:

Admission requirements are:

  • Successful completion of the Basic Course or its equivalent (Basic Camp, Basic Training, JROTC in some cases).
  • Successful completion of the Army physical examination
  • Selection by the Professor of Military Science
  • Agree, whether scholarship or non-scholarship, to be contracted to complete the Advanced Course requirements and serve on active duty, reserve, or National Guard duty as a commissioned officer
  • Maintain at least a 2.00 overall academic CGPA and a 3.00 ROTC CGPA
  • Must maintain full-time student status each term

Army Green to Gold

If you are currently on active duty and will have two years of active duty before school starts and are accepted by Embry-Riddle as either a freshman, sophomore, or junior, you can compete for a Green to Gold four, three, or two-year scholarship.

You must have a GT score of 110 or higher and a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 grading system to be eligible for the two, three or four-year scholarships.  All applicants must meet other eligibility requirements. An SAT score totaling 920 or an ACT composite score of 19 is required for the two, three or four-year Green to Gold scholarships. A complete G2G guide is located at

For further information contact:

Embry-Riddle Army ROTC 
Bldg. 70C
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3870
fax: 1-928-777-3772

Physical Training

All contracted cadets are required to attend physical training up to five days per week as part of the course grade. Physical training is normally conducted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 0600 - 0700.


All Army ROTC students are required to complete SS 321 - U.S. Military History 1900-Present (3 credits) in order to commission.