Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program

WHO WE ARE

Army ROTC at Marion Military Institute is one of the oldest and top leadership courses in the country. MMI Army ROTC provides individuals with the tools, training, and experiences they need to become Officers in the U.S. Army. The Tiger ROTC Battalion is proud to develop the leaders of tomorrow.

At MMI ROTC, we produce Army Second Lieutenants in only two years, as part of the Early Commissioning Program (ECP).

OUR MISSION

Train and Develop Army leaders for tomorrow’s theater of operations.

 

ABOUT

LEADERSHIP THAT LASTS A LIFETIME

Tiger Battalion produces highly qualified lieutenants who are well prepared to be US Army Officers. Our Results – Great Lieutenants. Our training is focused around classes, labs, physical training and Leadership Development Exercises.

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in, called branches.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn to improve leadership ability.

FUTURE CADETS

Early Commissioning Program

The Early Commissioning Program (ECP) allows Military Junior College students to complete ROTC in two years and gain a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Upon completion of the two-year program, ECP Lieutenants then go on to complete their education at a four-year institution while serving in the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve.

 

CONTACT

Mr. David Stilwell – Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO)

dstilwell@marionmilitary.edu  /  334-683-2332 (office)   /  334-715-1140 (cell)

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES ROTC STAND FOR?

ROTC stands for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. It is a course of study and training in military science. Upon completion of your degree and the ROTC program, cadets receive a Presidential appointment as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

WHAT CAN ROTC DO FOR ME?

1. Provide academic credit toward graduation.

2. Provide realistic leadership and management experience while still a college student.

3. Enhance your resume. Personnel managers know this training identifies the best potential new hires who can set and meet goals.

4. Provide numerous opportunities for generous scholarships.

5. Enhance your ability to communicate effectively and build confidence through public speaking.

WHAT DOES ROTC STAND FOR?

The early commissioning program (ECP) allows Military Junior College students to complete ROTC in two years and gain a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Upon completion of the two-year program, ECP lieutenants then go on to complete their education at a four-year institution while serving in the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve.

AM I IN THE ARMY AS A CADET?

Cadets in ROTC are not in the Army. They are in a commissioning program to develop their leadership skills to become officers in the United States Army.

DO I HAVE TO GO INTO THE ARMY AFTER COLLEGE?

Only if you sign a contract do you incur a service obligation as an Army officer.

ARE THERE SUMMER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS WHILE IN ROTC?

Yes. All advanced course ROTC cadets must attend Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, either between their junior and senior year or after their senior year (thirty-day course). Selected contracted cadets will also have training opportunities to attend Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP), Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT), Airborne School, Air Assault School, etc. After their freshman or sophomore year, a contracted cadet may also attend Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, for thirty days.

WILL I HAVE TO GO TO WAR AS A STUDENT?

As a contracted cadet with our program, you will not be asked to deploy in support of operations overseas. Our focus is to ensure that you graduate from your college with a four-year degree, and are well-trained and prepared for your future as an Army officer. This is also true for our National Guard and Reserve Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) cadets.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OFFICER AND ENLISTED PERSONNEL?

There are important differences between enlisted personnel and officers. Individuals who have high school diplomas can join the Army as enlisted personnel. Individuals who have four-year college degrees or graduate degrees usually join as officers. Enlisted personnel and officers fill different types of jobs. Enlisted personnel are found throughout the Army in various jobs. There are nine pay grades for enlisted personnel, E-1 to E-9, while most enlisted personnel are in the pay grades of E-3, E-4, and E-5. Approximately eighty-three percent of all military personnel are enlisted. Officers work mainly in managerial, professional, and technical occupations. For example, military doctors and registered nurses are officers, as well as military lawyers and engineers. All military pilots are officers. Officer specialties are found in all of the management and combat areas such as accounting, planning, artillery, and infantry operations. There are ten pay grades for officers, O-1 to O-10. Most officers are in the O-2, O-3, and O-4 pay grades. About seventeen percent of all military personnel are officers. Although enlisted soldiers can rise to the rank of a non-commissioned officer, commissioned officers are appointed to their office through a Presidential commission. In order to become an officer, one must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. ROTC cadets, after graduating from their respective colleges, become commissioned officers.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RESERVE DUTY AND ACTIVE DUTY?

Army Reserve and National Guard members work part time for the Army. Members train one weekend a month and two weeks a year. They receive approximately $270 per weekend to start and $67 per day during the two-week annual training. Members are also entitled to limited medical care and access to facilities. Active-duty soldiers work full-time in the Army. These soldiers receive approximately $28,000 a year to start, thirty days paid-vacation per year, free medical care, and access to tax-free supermarkets and department stores (PX & Commissary).

CAN ONLY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ENROLL IN ROTC?

No. Anyone can enroll in ROTC. Regardless of whether you are a scholarship winner or not, all ROTC uniforms, books, supplies, and equipment are furnished at no cost to you.