Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

ROTC, or Reserve Officers' Training Corps, is a college leadership program sponsored by the U.S. Military.  Offered by all branches of the military except the Coast Guard, ROTC awards qualified students full-tuition scholarships as well as monthly stipends.  ROTC students become commissioned officers upon graduation and must fulfill an eight-year service obligation in the U.S. Armed Forces.

ROTC students receive curricular and field training in military science.  Typical requirements for ROTC include three hours of classroom instruction and three hours of physical fitness training per week, a one-hour weekly leadership lab, and a one weekend field-training exercise per semester.  Credits earned in ROTC programs do not transfer back to Brown.

ROTC programs for the Army, the Navy and Marine Corps (combined), and the Air Force are offered at over 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States.  Students who attend colleges that do not have ROTC chapters may participate in the program at another school near the college at which they matriculated if the college has an affiliate arrangement.  Brown currently only has one affiliate arrangement -- with the Army ROTC Patriot Battalion at Providence College, located in north Providence. However, students interested in the other two programs should inquire with the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs and stay current with initiatives to allow for future participation in them. 

Students who would like more information about Army ROTC should contact the Patriot Battalion at (401) 865-2025 or