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reserve officers' training corps (rotc)


Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is a program focused on developing leadership and management skills, with the ultimate goal of commissioning graduated college students as Second Lieutenants into the United States Army, Reserve, or National Guard in a wide variety of career paths. Students participate in ROTC part-time while attending college full-time.

Most training and coursework takes place on the Boston College campus where approximately 50 students participate in the program. Any BC student can join and participate in the ROTC basic course as a non-scholarship Cadet without military obligation during their freshman and sophomore years.

Academic and Skills Training

Army ROTC academic and skills training consists of two parts:

  • Basic Course, usually attended by freshmen and sophomores;
  • Advanced Course for juniors and seniors, including attendance at Advanced Camp (AC) and a Military History course for which credit is granted by course work in an approved BC history or political science course.

ROTC at BC includes the following:

  • Military Leadership classes meet one to three hours each week;
  • Physical Fitness Training (PT) meets three times weekly from 6:00 to 7:15 a.m.;
  • Leadership labs (24 hours per semester of practical exercises focusing on basic military skills) are conducted once a week from 06:00-07:15;
  • One weekend-long Field Training exercise per semester;
  • One major social event per semester;
  • Informal social events and training opportunities;
  • Periodic community service and local outreach events;
  • Cadets participate and lead Color Guards and optional Drill, Ranger Challenge teams.

Any BC student who has completed two years of course-work may join by attending the Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where they will earn constructive credit for the Basic course. For more information see the curriculum.

Online Inquiry

For more information complete this online inquiry form and a Boston College Army ROTC Cadre member will contact you.

ROTC cadets doing field exercise