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Interested in joining Army ROTC at Tarleton? Our AROTC program is both rigorous and rewarding, and provides ample opportunities for graduates. Before you apply, please review our program requirements to see if AROTC is the right fit for you.

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Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for AROTC, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must not have reached 29th birthday during anticipated graduation and commissioning year.
  • Incoming freshman must have a high school GPA of at least 2.5, and a minimum SAT score of 920 (math/reading) or 19 on the ACT.
  • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for the amount of time equal to their prior service, on a month-by-month basis, for a maximum of 36 months if they will not reach their 29th birthday by December 31st of their anticipated graduation and commissioning year.
  • Must not have moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms, supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.
  • Must agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component; either the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard.
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High school graduation or the equivalent certification is necessary by August 1st of the year of entrance into a four-year AROTC scholarship program. Note: Two-year and three-year scholarships are also available to qualified candidates.

Physical and Medical History Requirements

All candidates must pass a stringent physical examination to qualify for the AROTC program. Some common medical conditions which may be considered disqualifying are:

  • Vision not correctable to 20/20 (each eye)
  • No color vision
  • History of asthma
  • Acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions
  • Chronic skin disorders such as cystic acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis or eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Seizure disorders
  • Severe motion sickness susceptibility
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Pregnancy


The U.S. Army offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships, which are awarded to students based on merit. They will pay 100% of a student’s tuition and all mandatory fees, as well as provide $1200 a year for books, and a monthly tax-free stipend throughout the school year. The U.S. Army also gives special consideration to Cadets who are pursuing degrees in Nursing, Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.

The physical and scholarship application processes are independent determinations; applicants must receive a favorable endorsement in both areas before any AROTC scholarship can be granted.

Application Requirements

The following documentation is required to be submitted along with the application and medical history:

  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate and/or unexpired passport

A photocopy of each of these documents is acceptable if the original or certified copy is available during Tarleton Transition Week check-in.

AROTC Commissioning

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Upon successful completion of the AROTC Program and baccalaureate or graduate degree, a Cadet is commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In some instances, active service can be delayed by students continuing in post-baccalaureate degree programs. Cadets can serve in the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, or compete for Active Duty depending on the scholarship program. Normal active duty service obligation is four years and ARNG/USAR service obligation is six years. Learn more about Army ROTC commissioning.