If you are 17 years of age when you enroll, your parents or guardian must also sign this contract. If you are 18 or older, only your signature is required. This contract contains a requirement to repay the United States Government for all financial aid received, if after you begin your sophomore year, you fail to comply with the term of the contract. This repayment may be monetary or in the form of enlisted service. The choice rests with the Army and not the scholarship cadet.
Nonscholarship Students. Even without a scholarship, students can sign an enlistment contract, enroll in ROTC, and (ultimately) obtain a commission. Nonscholarship students incur a service obligation to attend the advanced course, but not the basic course.
Participating Students. ROTC participating students are students who participate in military science courses but are not fully enrolled in ROTC. They are divided into three categories: auditing students, conditional students, and alien students. Students who are ineligible or become ineligible for enrollment as an ROTC cadet may, if desired by school authorities and approved by the PMS, participate in the ROTC program as a "participating student" provided -
(1) They are not authorized access to classified instructional material.
(2) They are in good standing and attending school full time.
(3) There is no loss in effectiveness of military instruction.
(4) Such participation is not otherwise prohibited by law, DOD Directive or Army Regulation.
Auditing students. Any student may audit courses in the ROTC program if approved by the PMS and school authorities. This authority is granted to permit the PMS to cooperate with the school in accommodating a student's request for limited participation in the program. Auditing students will not -
(1) Participate in drill, marching, leadership laboratories, field training exercises, voluntary programs, or attend basic or advanced camp.
(2) Be issued or wear the uniform.
(3) Receive credit toward commissioning or enlisted grade status through audit of ROTC courses, or issued a DA Form 134 for having audited the course.
Conditional students. Conditional students are those who complete part I of DA Form 597 (Army Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Nonscholarship Cadet Contract) but do not complete the enlistment contract. Conditional students in this paragraph refers only to those described in (1) and (2) below. It does not include alien students, or students trying to decide whether they desire to join ROTC and later strive for a commission. Credit toward commissioning cannot be awarded to students who are not officially enrolled as cadets.
The category of conditional students include -
(1) Applicants for enrollment in the ROTC Program whose eligibility based on medical, academic, or other criteria has not been finally determined or for whom a waiver request is pending. Students enrolled before being placed in this category will not be disenrolled solely on the basis of a pending request for waiver.
(2) Students who are ineligible or become ineligible for enrollment but whose participation in all aspects of the year of instruction involved has been approved by the PMS or higher authority.
Conditional status must be resolved within a 12-month period from its inception.
Conditional students will not be furnished Government-issued uniforms. Uniforms for conditional students may be purchased by the school or the student. Conditional students may wear the Army green or utility uniform while pursuing a course for which regular enrolled cadets are permitted to wear the uniform.
Conditional students are not authorized to attend the basic camp or advanced camp until their conditional status is resolved. If directed by USAROTCCC, an individual may attend advanced camp for further evaluation of an unresolved medical condition by camp Medical Waiver Review Board (MWRB).
Alien students. An alien student may voluntarily enroll in the basic course or attend basic camp and may participate in the advanced course. The army does not actively recruit nonimmigrant aliens for ROTC. Each alien applicant must meet the following requirements:
(1) Possess proper papers establishing his or her status as an immigrant, refugee, or nonimmigrant alien.
(2) Be enrolled in and attending full-time a regular course of instruction at a school where SROTC is available.
(3) Be recommended by the proper school authority.
(4) Be recommended by the PMS.
(5) Meet the regular medical fitness requirements for enrollment in ROTC. Expenses incurred by an applicant because of these requirements are not reimbursable by the Government.