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Army Senior ROTC Program

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Immigrant alien students are briefed, in advance that participation in the advanced course will not result in appointment as an officer. Should the student attain citizenship before graduating and be qualified in all other areas, he or she must elect to enroll in the advanced course or be released from the program.

Alien students may be disenrolled from the basic course or dismissed from participation in the advanced course for any reason.

Eligibility Requirements

Academic status. Students must be enrolled in and attending full time at a regular course of instruction at a school participating in the SROTC Program. At military colleges and civilian schools, the course of instruction must lead to a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a recognized field that is compatible with the student's participation in the ROTC Program. Nursing and other medical specialty students must be enrolled in a program accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. There are no restrictions on the student's major (except for scholarship cadets). Request for exceptions to the 'enrolled in and attending full-time requirements may be submitted by graduate students only, and are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Age. Requirements for scholarship applicants are shown below. For nonscholarship applicants:

    a. Minimum. Applicants must be at least 17 years old to enroll in the advanced course. Applicants under 18 years old and those who are minors for the purpose of executing contracts under the laws of the State which has jurisdiction where the school is located (even if older than 18) require parental consent for enrolling in the advanced course.

    b. Maximum. Applicants must be young enough that they will not be 30 years old or older at the projected time of commissioning.

    c. Waiver. The Commanding General of ROTC is the waiver authority for those who will be over the age of 32 at the projected time of commissioning. Applicants must have demonstrated exceptional ability and be recommended by the region commander. Region commanders are authorized to approve waivers for applicants who will be between 30 and 32 years old at the projected time of commissioning.

Character. Applicants must be of good moral character, as normally substantiated by no record of disciplinary problems or civil convictions. Applicants who have been convicted of an offense, that would normally evidence lack of good moral character when the conviction has not been waived are not eligible for enrollment.

Citizenship. Students must be citizens of the United States (except as provided above).


a. Criteria for determining eligibility.

    (1) The applicant must have no more than three dependents. Region commander may grant waiver for a married applicant requesting a waiver.

    (2) An unmarried applicant who has one or more dependents under 18 years old is disqualified, except as provided in (3) below. No waiver is authorized.

    (3) A divorced or sole parent applicant may be processed for enrollment without waiver when the child or children of such applicant have been placed in the custody of the other parent, or adult relative or legal guardian by court order, if the applicant is not required to provide child support. If the applicant is required to provide child support, a dependency waiver is required. The region commander has the authority to grant the waiver. In both cases, the applicant must sign a statement of understanding that he or she will be disenrolled if custody of the child or children is regained while the applicant is enrolled in ROTC. An exception to the disenrollment may be granted only in extraordinary circumstances such as the death of the legal guardian, or adult having custody of the child or children.

    (4) An applicant with a spouse in a military component of any armed service (excluding members of the Individual Ready Reserve( IRR)) who has one or more dependents under 18 years old is disqualified. No waiver is authorized.

    (5) Husband and wife teams who have one or more dependents under 18 years old are disqualified from enrollment in ROTC as a team. No waiver is authorized. Either the husband or wife may enroll without a waiver subject to other provisions of this paragraph.

b. Change in status. Once an applicant has enrolled in the ROTC Program, a change in the status or number of his or her dependents does not constitute cause for disenrollment, and does not require a waiver. However, if the number, status, or circumstances of a cadet's dependents adversely affects the cadet's performance of duty to the extent that the cadet fails to fulfill the terms of the ROTC contract he or she may be processed for disenrollment.

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