About Military Science
The importance of drill and ceremony.
Training not only starts outside of the classroom, it starts within it.
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Tuskegee University has a rich and unique history. The TU ROTC program began in 1918, just after World War I, and has continued to produce Army officers since that time. It is a prestigious program that vaunts pioneers of African-American military service. Among its first Professors of Military Science are Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., the first African-American General Officer in the military, and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., commander of the Tuskegee Airmen and first African-American General Officer in the Air Force. As befits its trail-blazing tradition, Tuskegee University ROTC has also produced six African-American General Officers for the Army. Today, cadets of the "TIGER" Battalion continue to enhance this legacy of pride and accomplishment.
A key benefit of Army ROTC is that it provides a great opportunity for young people to develop the skills for success that are applicable to all aspects of life. Cadets are first of all students and our primary goal is to support them as they strive to achieve graduation. Therefore, not only do we teach military skills, we help them to gain confidence and respect for themselves. Additionally, we promote values such as loyalty, duty, respect, service, honor, integrity and courage as personal characteristics. Statistics show that this support matters, because students who enroll in ROTC tend to do better in college and graduate at a higher rate than do those who are not enrolled.
Certainly, we look for bright, talented high school and college students, as well as enlisted members of the armed forces who are interested in becoming Army officers; but, ROTC is open to everyone for participation. However, only students who enroll as cadets are eligible to take advantage of all the training and scholarship opportunities. Among these opportunities are a number of full 4, 3, and 2-year scholarships that provide for tuition, books, room and board, and a monthly stipend of at least $200.
All together, Army ROTC at Tuskegee University is a great experience that offers valuable opportunities to build for the future by earning a college degree and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserves.
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