Is the Military Right for Me?

Joining the JROTC was a smart decision.
I joined my school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program sophomore year to learn how the military might help me reach my goals. Early on, a woman who attended the University of Florida came to talk to our class. She said after she completed her military requirements, she enrolled in college and now gets scholarship money for her classes, books, apartment and more. Now I plan to enlist after graduating high school and serve as a Practical Nursing Specialist. It’s such a supportive environment; all the kids in my class are good friends. It’s also made me a better person. I’ve learned not to take things for granted. I’m also more responsible now. I realize I have to push myself in order to reach my goals.”

– Dayana Gelin, 16, junior at Deerfield Beach High School

Moving On Up

Once you reach college, you can explore the different military branches by enrolling in ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) programs provided by the Army, Navy or Air Force.

The goal of these programs is to train future officers to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Benefits include:

  • An opportunity to develop technical and leadership skills
  • A structured path to a career after college
  • Specialized professional training for military officer positions after college
  • Scholarships
  • Long-term career guidance and continued professional education

It is important to remember that ROTC scholarships provide these benefits in exchange for mandatory active duty service after you complete college. Carefully examine these commitments, along with your other goals, before accepting a scholarship or entering a program. Academic advisors and ROTC recruiters can help you make an informed decision.