What is an Army ROTC program?

An Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program is a course of study designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the Army Reserves, Army National Guard or active duty United States Army.

ROTC Students doing a Ruck

Why explore Army ROTC at Furman?

For more than 70 years, Furman Army ROTC has been committed to the mission of providing Paladin Battalion cadets the tools, training and experiences to commission leaders of character into the United States Army.

Combining a major course of study with the Army ROTC program at Furman not only pays for your education and related fees, it imparts benefits you’ll draw on throughout your life. Seventy-five percent of Furman’s cadets hold either three- or four-year full scholarships from the U.S. Army. Following completion of the program, 100% of cadets commission as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserves.

Students who branch into the Army National Guard or Reserves can step into any civilian role their major of study takes them. Those who qualify for an educational delay with the Army are able to enroll in graduate programs such as law or medical school, and fulfill their respective Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) after receiving an advanced degree.

You will combine classroom instruction with tactical field training, and build self-discipline while building leadership, team-building, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. Furman’s ROTC cadre and staff will encourage you, push you, and help you tap your inner leader. Need more information? Contact the Furman Army ROTC office.

How will you learn?

A rigorous physical training program intersects with classroom instruction to build a strong cadet foundation in years one and two. Year three focuses on tactical training and assessment; and year four develops competencies for becoming an officer in the Army.

Physical training three times per week at zero-six-hundred strengthens both body and mind. Twice monthly, an early morning ruck march conditions you for walking long distances with a 35-pound rucksack. A three-hour weekly tactical lab allows you to apply newfound military science principles in the field, and at Furman’s smokeless range, you’ll sharpen your marksmanship with laser munitions. One weekend per semester you’ll take on field training exercises.

In your junior year, you’ll embark on a 35-day Cadet Summer Training camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky. A prerequisite for commissioning as an Army officer, the training event further cultivates cadets’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and shapes adaptable leaders who can thrive in unpredictable, fluid and complex environments.

Army focused-internships open doors to exploring possible career options ahead of graduation. Our close-knit Furman Army ROTC alumni are available for added mentoring, on-campus support and guidance toward self-discovery.

On your way to becoming a well-rounded scholar, athlete and leader, you’ll do the things other Furman students do – spend time in the library, attend classes, hang out with friends, conduct research in your major, study away, take a three-week May Experience (MayX) course or two, and participate in clubs, intramurals and Greek life. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

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  • 100%
    Furman cadets who are placed in jobs following completion of Army ROTC program
  • 80%
    Furman cadets who branch as active duty Army officers
  • 75%
    Furman cadets who hold either three- or four-year full scholarships
  • #6
    Furman’s rank among National Liberal Arts Colleges in the Southeast – U.S. News and World Report

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