Army ROTC – What Happens after Graduation?

Joining the Army ROTC allows you to attend college while getting a jumpstart on serving your country. On top of this, many cadets qualify for scholarships. Not only do you receive training that will better you now and in the future, but the cost of attending college will quickly become more affordable.

As part of the ROTC program at your college, you are training to become an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation, you will enlist and begin your career.

For more information on the Army ROTC program, contact the representative at your institution.


Will I be deployed after graduation?

Deployment after graduation depends on many factors, including the branch of the Army you choose and the unit you are assigned to. There is always a chance that a Soldier in the Army will be deployed to an area where help is needed. However, there is no guarantee. One thing is for sure, though: as an Officer in the US Army, you will be trained to make the right decisions and to keep yourself, as well as others, as safe as possible.

Can I join the National Guard or Army Reserve after graduation instead of the Army?

The short answer is yes. Some cadets are eligible to serve part-time in the National Guard or Army Reserve while working a civilian career. For more information, contact your ROTC advisor.

What type of career can I expect after completing ROTC and graduating from college?

If you complete the Army ROTC program you are commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant. From there, you will receive training in one of 17 different branches of the US Army. As you continue your career and receive more and more professional training, you will continue to move through the ranks and take on more responsibility. You are definitely getting off to a good start when you enlist in the US Army after completing ROTC.

As a cadet in the ROTC you are able to live a normal college life. At the same time, you are training for a future career in the Army.

6 Responses to "Army ROTC – What Happens after Graduation?"

  1. Sal Mastromatteo  May 15, 2014 at 5:23 am

    “Some cadets are eligible to serve part-time in the National Guard or Army Reserve while working a civilian career.” If I graduate ROTC, what would make me eligible for this?

  2. larryf  May 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Hey Sal, the best answer to your question is to talk direct to a National Guard recruiter. Just complete the form here: . Good luck! LF

  3. Matthew J Armour  February 5, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Could an ROTC switch to Marine Corps if they want?

  4. larryf  March 28, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Matthew, find your local military recruiter and give them a call.

  5. Maria Castro-Mendoza  September 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

    how long do you have to serve after you fully commit to the military after rotc?

  6. Kendalyn  January 5, 2018 at 7:37 pm


    4 years if you compete to go active. 6 if you go Guard/Reserve.

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