Army ROTC Program At UAF
Participate in Army ROTC while earning your degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Our Army ROTC program is an opportunity to serve your country, get scholarships to help pay for college and gain leadership training that will enhance your life and career.
What is the ROTC?
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the top leadership programs in the nation, and is the United States Army's primary officer training program. As an ROTC program student, you can complete all of the requirements of Army officer training while simultaneously attending college and earning your degree.
How the ROTC program works
The Army ROTC program is an add-on to your traditional college curriculum. The program offers rigorous leadership training and help financing your college education, in return for your commitment to serve for a period of time as an Officer in the Army after you graduate.
Enrolling in the ROTC program is not the same as joining the Army. As an ROTC Cadet, you will not be sent to Basic Training, and you will not be called for service until you graduate and finish the program. If you’re interested in getting leadership training but not yet sure if you want to serve, you can also enroll in the ROTC Basic Course during your first two years of college. The ROTC Basic Course does not include a service commitment unless you have also received an ROTC scholarship.When you graduate from the Army ROTC program at UAF, you’ll be prepared to serve as an Officer in the Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
Benefits of Joining Army ROTC
In the United States, we are proud to have an all-volunteer Army, made up of young men and women like you who value service and want to make the world a better place to live. Here’s what the Army ROTC program can offer you.
Why Choose UAF for Your ROTC Program?
In The Last Frontier, there are opportunities for challenge and discovery you won’t find anywhere else on Earth. Join Army ROTC at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and start your adventure.
- We are located less than 10 miles from Fort Wainwright, offering Army ROTC students unique access to a wide range of military resources including the Medical Simulation Training Center, Engagement Skills Training (Weapons Qualification), Call for Fire (Artillery Simulations Support), Military Style Rappelling, Basic Rifle Marksmanship Ranges and more.
- With small class sizes and a small student to instructor ratio, we offer an exceptional level of support and one-on-one interaction that will enhance your educational experience.
Explore Army ROTC Scholarships
Army ROTC offers merit-based scholarship opportunities for high school students and current undergraduate students. You can either apply for the ROTC National Scholarship during your senior year of high school, or pursue scholarships at the campus-level once you join the ROTC program.
ROTC scholarships pay 100% of your tuition or can be used to cover room and board. Each academic year, ROTC scholarships also provide $1200 for books and a monthly stipend that totals $3,780 per year to help with living expenses. Two-, three- and four-year scholarships are available, which can also be combined with some National Guard and Army Reserve benefits.
Army Green to Gold program
Are you an Enlisted Soldier in the Army? The Army Green to Gold program gives you the opportunity to complete your bachelor’s or master’s degree while earning a commission as an Army Officer. The program also offers scholarships and other options for financial assistance.Learn more about the Army Green to Gold program at UAF
Last year, the Army ROTC provided $376 million in scholarship money to more than 15,000 students, making it one of the nation’s biggest scholarship grantors.
Army ROTC Field Training and Hands-On Learning
Army ROTC takes leadership training beyond the classroom and into the field, providing hands-on experiences that will help you develop physically as well as mentally.
You’ll receive training in Land Navigation, Combat Water Survival, Call For Fire, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, Military Rappelling and more. You’ll also take part in four-day training events and weekly labs, and an advanced summer training camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Learn more about ROTC program events at UAF.
Because of our strong military community, and close connection to nearby Fort Wainwright and the Alaska National Guard, you’ll have access to military resources few colleges or universities can match. Many of our students participate in internships with the U.S. Department of Defense or advanced military training such as Airborne, Air Assault, Basic Mountaineering and Jungle Operations. Our ROTC Cadet Club offers additional opportunities to gain real-world experience, volunteer in the community and make lifelong friends.
Career Opportunities for ROTC Program Graduates
When you complete the Army ROTC program, you’ll be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and begin specialized training in your Army branch. Your career path is up to you. Later, you’ll be assigned to advanced leadership positions and staff positions in upper management, while also having the opportunity to pursue additional training and postgraduate education.
When you return to civilian service, you’ll be ready to take on management and leadership roles in your field. ROTC graduates have gone on to become CEOs, governors and presidents — there is no limit to what you can achieve. Many branches also offer help transitioning to civilian careers, and each ROTC program has a strong alumni group for support and guidance.
Find out why military and veteran students choose UAF
Military and veteran students come to UAF from all branches of the service and are a valued part of our student community. We’re proud to provide a caring and supportive learning environment that takes into account the unique needs of our service members, veterans and their families who contribute so much to our daily life.
Take part in the Ranger Challenge
The Ranger Challenge is the Army ROTC Varsity Sport. Teams engage in training events throughout the semester culminating in a regional and national Ranger Challenge Competition. When you join the Nanook Battalion, you’ll accomplish more before 0800 then most students accomplish in an entire day!