ROTC to Offer Sophomore Contracts
July 2, 2004
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will begin offering non-scholarship contracts to college sophomores August 1, according to an initiative instituted by the Cadet Command Commanding General.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in joining the ROTC program at either Ouachita Baptist University or Henderson State University,” said Maj. Clark D. Easter, assistant professor of military science for both universities. “This is not a scholarship, but will provide a monthly $300 stipend to those sophomores who contract.
“The recent return of ROTC to these campuses has been met with a steady inquiry and rising interest among students and parents,” Easter said. “Being able to offer sophomores a contractual agreement that affords them a financial incentive and boost allows (ROTC) help more students reach their goals and train viable officers for the service and leaders for our community.”
Students participating in ROTC are provided the opportunity to learn leadership skills, experience personal development, discover unique challenges available in the military, and build life skills that can assist them in whatever military or civilian career they pursue.
Students desiring to contract must be enrolled in college fulltime, have at least 24-30 college credit hours, carry and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA, be medically qualified, and pass a diagnostic Army Physical Fitness Test. Contracted students will be required to participate in classroom and lab activities.
Additional financial incentives are available for contracted students during their junior and senior years. Cadets may also compete later for two-year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarships which provide full tuition and fees scholarships to recipients.
“ROTC is a great program to make friendships and liaisons that can last a lifetime and build life, and gain career enhancing skills during that time in life when students are learning what they want to do and who they want to be when they leave the academic environment,” Easter said.
For more information about the Henderson State/Ouachita Baptist universities ROTC program, call 870-230-5915.