What is ROTC?

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  • Entire team photo with South Alabama flag
  • Commissioning ceremony for C Nelson
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What is ROTC?

Experience the Camaraderie of ROTC

When you become a part of Army ROTC, you are not just working toward a degree, but an even brighter future as a leader alongside other motivated Cadets. Make no mistake, you are a student first. You will have a college schedule like your fellow students, but you'll also receive classroom and field courses that will challenge and excite you. Beyond that, you can take part in intramural teams and university activities with fellow Cadets that will make your college experience even better.

Stand Out From The Rest

Come discover how interesting college can be when you are a part of Army ROTC. You will be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there is a key difference: you will have even more opportunities to succeed and grow as future leader.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

The Jaguar Battalion has its own unique calendar of events and activities throughout the school year.

Being a part of the Jaguar Battalion

You will be in the company of a diverse group of students with broad interests.  The academic majors of Army ROTC cadets are as varied as the academic majors offered.   

Achieving Academic Excellence

Although ROTC students are training to become Army officers, they are students first. A ten-to one student to faculty ratio ensures that each student has a close relationship with the military science instructors. Students regularly confer with the ROTC faculty to ensure that they're taking the correct classes and that they are performing well in those classes.

Time for Other Activities

ROTC students are just like other students. The South Alabama Army ROTC program allows students to spend time on other activities offered by the university including Greek life, honors societies, language clubs, club sports, and even study abroad. The ROTC program only requires about 10 hours of time per week including training, classroom instruction, and PT.