About ROTC at APU

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is an on-campus commissioning program open to all students who are U.S. citizens and interested in service as an active-duty Army officer or Reserve officer in the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve. APU’s ROTC program is an extension of the Claremont McKenna College (CMC) Army ROTC program. Most activities are conducted on-campus at APU.

Army ROTC challenges students to develop leadership traits critical to any career but designed for the military environment. Classroom instruction and leadership laboratories give students an active role in learning and reinforcing course concepts. Additional events each semester include training exercises in leadership development, orienteering, rappelling, rifle marksmanship, and small-unit tactics.

ROTC Benefits: The Financial and Personal Advantages of Participation

Wondering what you can expect from ROTC and how it can prepare you for success in your personal and professional life? Read more about the benefits of joining ROTC.

Students meet basic requirements through class attendance in their freshman and sophomore years, or through attendance at a five-week intensive summer leadership training course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Students with two full years of college remaining after completion of this training course may enroll in the advanced program. Advanced program students attend the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC; formerly the Leader Development and Assessment Course, LDAC) at Fort Knox between their junior and senior years of college. This camp, the capstone event of each student's ROTC career, offers an opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills while working alongside fellow students from across the nation.

Students with prior service time, prior ROTC training, or Reserve training may qualify for immediate advanced program placement. Selected students also may participate in a Reserve or National Guard unit while in ROTC, drawing pay from both.

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