Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
The Reserve Officer Training Corps at AUM focuses on preparing young men and women for the challenges of leading today’s Army and Air Force. ROTC is a college elective course program taken in conjunction with the regular classes in a selected major field, plus other general education requirements students need to earn a commission and enter the military as a Second Lieutenant. As part of ROTC, you will be part of a diverse group of individuals with broad interests-individuals who are student leaders, presidents of student organizations, and members of academic honor societies.
ROTC is an Equal Opportunity program. We welcome all full-time students to try out the program and participate in our many activities. All eligible and qualified students have an opportunity to pursue an officer’s commission, regardless of gender, race or religion. ROTC promotes a physically fit lifestyle and provides a drug-free environment.
As part of a consortium with Alabama State University, you can attend Auburn University at Montgomery and get your Commission as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force upon graduation.
AFROTC provides you the opportunity to become a United States Air Force officer while completing your college degree. You will get an undergraduate degree in the subject of your choice while you learn discipline and leadership and work toward a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
The General Military Course is for freshmen and sophomores. Here, in addition to your other college classes, you’ll take classes in airpower and Air Force fundamentals. You’ll attend physical training (PT) twice a week and learn uniform wear and drill ceremonies. You’ll also attend a training course the summer between your sophomore and junior year. This training takes place at Maxwell Air Force Base and focuses on leadership and problem solving skills.
At the start of your junior year, you’ll contract with the Air Force and join the Professional Officer Course. During your last two years you’ll receive a monthly allowance/stipend while you focus on leadership training, cadet corps management, and preparation for active duty.
Find money for school, books, and monthly expenses with an Air Force ROTC scholarship.
Scholarships may be available for participating in Army ROTC. Students can take ROTC as an elective course or pursue the entire program, which culminates in a commission as a Second Lieutenant—an Army officer. Army ROTC Cadets attend physical training (PT) four times a week, in addition to their once a week academic class instruction and leadership laboratory. There are two-, three- and four-year college scholarships available.
Army ROTC Cadets take a regular schedule of classes and have an academic major. Once a week they meet as a group for leadership laboratory, along with their regular ROTC academic class instruction. During lab, Cadets wear the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and conduct military and leadership training. Students can take ROTC as an elective course or pursue the entire program, which culminates in a commission as a Second Lieutenant—an Army Officer.
Army ROTC is comprised of two phases:
Normally takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses and involves one elective class or lab each semester. You will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership, as well as start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. Any student may take the Army ROTC Basic Courses without any program or military commitment.
Takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class or lab each semester, plus a summer leadership course. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.
A Wide Range of Experiences
Army ROTC gives you a wide range of experiences while you work toward your college degree. You’ll combine classroom instruction with hands-on training. Army ROTC Cadets meet once a week as a group for leadership laboratory, along with their regular ROTC academic class instruction. During lab, Cadets wear the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and conduct military and leadership training.
The Mustang Battalion
The Mustang Battalion (AUM ROTC) is composed of cadets from Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM), Troy University, Huntingdon University, Faulkner University, Alabama State University, and Troy-Montgomery. Prospective cadets desiring to become a member of the Mustang Battalion must be accepted to, and/or attend one of the aforementioned colleges or universities. AUM is the host campus for the Mustang Battalion.
At 0600, Monday through Friday, the Mustang Battalion Cadets are already up, doing pushups, sit-ups, and running or doing in addition to a variety of other exercises. The PT sessions are designed to improve physical fitness, prevent injuries, develop self-confidence, instill discipline, and promote teamwork, camaraderie, and resilience. Cadets are assessed monthly on their physical training performance (push-up, sit-up, 2 mile run) through the use of the Army Physical Fitness Test. Physical training is a vital component of the Army ROTC program!
Our Cadets meet five times a week to conduct physical training (PT) and at least once a week for a Military Science (MILS) lecture and once a week for Leadership Lab. Leadership Labs are designed to develop Cadets into confident and competent leaders by providing education on necessary skills and placing the Cadets in leadership positions to develop their ability to lead others during tactical or administrative operations. Every semester there is a Field Training Exercise (FTX) where Cadets incorporate their knowledge and leadership skills into a cumulative event. Exclusive to the Junior year (MSIII), Cadets travel to Ft. Knox, Kentucky during the summer to attend Advance Camp. This training event is designed to assess the Cadet’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in basic officer leadership tasks.
Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army. You can serve full time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners) or choose to serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career. Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC scholarship.
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. You can earn Army Reserve/National Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.
Nursing and the Army
If you’re considering an undergraduate nursing degree (or other STEM-type degree), enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality. Being a nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army nurse and officer, you will have the respect of your peers and co-workers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties domestically and abroad.