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NCSU Department of Military Science trains college men and women to become commissioned officers in the United States Army, the United States Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. In addition we motivate our cadets through caring leadership and positive influence to be better citizens for life-long service to the community.

What is Army ROTC?

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the best leadership courses in the country. As an educational program, it combines college electives in military science with practical leadership training, preparing college students to become leaders in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

In ROTC, college students learn to:

  • Motivate peers and co-workers
  • Engage resiliency skills needed to take on large, complex tasks
  • Enhance skills in teamwork, tact and effective communication

What is a Cadet?

A cadet is a trainee that is enrolled in a military officer producing program. At NC State, we refer to all students registered for Military Science (MS) classes as cadets.

The ROTC program has 3 categories of cadets:

  • Participating Cadets
    • Students who enroll in MS classes through the university.
    • Participating cadets only attend classroom portions of the program.
  • Enrolled Cadets
    • Student who complete an ROTC Enrollment Packet.
    • Enrolled cadets attend additional extra curricular activities, including:
      • Physical Fitness Training
      • Leadership Labs
      • Field Training Exercises (FTX)
      • Rifle Ranges
      • Land Navigation Training
      • Obstacle Courses
  • Contracted Cadets
    • Students who sign a contract to become an Army officer upon graduation.
    • Contracted Cadets are required to attend extra curricular activities and incur a military service obligation.
    • Contracted Cadets receive financial compensation.


NC State’s Military Science Department has a long history. Take a look back at over a 127 years.

Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff dedicate each day to transforming cadets into leaders.

Become part of the most respected and recognized Army ROTC Program in the region.

Since its establishment, NC State’s Army ROTC has graduated over 2,500 Army Officers.