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Frequently Asked Questions:

Is enrolling in Army ROTC the same as joining the Army? Once a student starts taking ROTC courses, is he/she obligated to join the Army?

No, Army ROTC is an elective. If the student wishes to become more involved in the Army ROTC and pursue a commission then they will pursue an Army contract.

Are all college majors compatible with Army ROTC?

Yes, every major is compatible with Army ROTC.

How will being an Army ROTC Cadet affect my daily life? Do cadets experience normal college life and activities?

Cadets in ODU Army ROTC do experience a normal college life. Many join fraternities, clubs, SGA, and others. Other than Physical Training sessions (PT) and Leadership Development Labs on Thursday from 1330-1500, all other time is meant for your academics and personal life.

What are the chances I deploy?

Army ROTC Cadets do not deploy. Only after the cadet has commissioned, become a 2nd Lieutenant and gone through Basic Course are they deployable.

Can I go into the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation instead of the regular Army?

Yes, Army ROTC cadets can select to go National Guard or Reserve instead of choosing Active Duty Service. NOTE: Active Duty is very competitive and those who do not receive Active Duty will go either National Guard or Reserve.

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