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Our Army Reserve Officers Training Corps is focused on developing America's future leaders. Whether your goal is to one day commission as an Army Officer or simply pursue our unique leadership-focused minor, you'll have the values and skills necessary to be a leader wherever your future takes you.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships and stipends in Army ROTC help you focus on earning your college degree, not on how you'll pay for it.

Students interested in receiving a commission as a United States Army Officer are eligible to earn two, three, or four-year full-tuition scholarships. Those awarded scholarships receive up to $600 in textbook money each semester in addition to a $420.00 monthly stipend for living expenses.  

‚ÄčA new tuition award program means Central Michigan University is even more competitive in admitting three-year U.S. Army Cadet Command national scholarship winners into its Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

The Cadet Command awards three- and four-year scholarships to qualifying high school seniors. The new USACC National Scholarship Incentive Award allows CMU to match other Michigan colleges and universities that cover freshman tuition and fees for three-year scholarship winners.

Beginning in fall 2020, the award for the first 10 qualifying freshmen will cover the balance of fall and spring tuition and fees after all other merit-based institutional scholarships are applied.

To be eligible, students must receive a three-year USACC award, be accepted into CMU's program and also:

  • Enroll in at least 12 credit hours each semester.
  • Stay enrolled in CMU's Army ROTC program.
  • Keep at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Not enlist in any branch of the U.S. armed forces.

"This scholarship represents CMU's commitment to attract the best and brightest students to our Army ROTC program and continue to advance a tradition of excellence that was established in 1952," said Lt. Col. Donald Pratt, military science and leadership department chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Our mission

Our dedicated instructors embody the 7 Army values and commit themselves wholeheartedly to shaping you into the leader needed by the military and/or in a civilian career. We'll work hard to provide a growth-inducing environment while giving you all the resources you need to discover and expand your leadership potential.

Headquartered at Central Michigan University, we also maintain satellite programs through Ferris State University, Alma College, Saginaw Valley State University and Northwood University, where students can also enroll in Army ROTC at the Chippewa Battalion. The Air Force ROTC training program based out of Michigan State University also supports cadets from nearby universities, including students from Central Michigan University.

Utilizing challenging courses and motivated instructors, cadets are given the tools they need to lead both in and out of the classroom. If you are interested, review our Military Science page or contact us.

Welcome to the CMU Chippewa Battalion!