The fire battalion is the Army ROTC Program for the city of Chicago, with headquarters at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Our students attend their university classes at several 2-year college and 4-year university in Metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana. As a Cadet in Army ROTC, you will test your limits and learn what it means to be ARMY STRONG through training in leadership, tactics, national security, and effective communication. If you want to explore career options as an Army officer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-413-2357.
Can you join R.O.T.C. without committing to join the army? Yes! The first two years of the program can be commitment free even if you are receiving a State Scholarship. The Army wants officers who understand their future career path and who are excited to join the service, so we encourage you try the program out and see if you like it. By the time you are four semesters away from graduating we will need to know if you are going to contract and become an Army officer or if you are going to drop the program.
1. I am attending college on a campus that does not have ROTC instructors, can I still enroll in ROTC? Most likely the answer is yes. We have instructor on 6 campuses and allow students from about 30 universities in Chicago and Northwest Indiana, including all the City Colleges of Chicago, to enroll.
2 How much time do you have to put into the R.O.T.C. program? Your time commitment for the R.O.T.C. program will be:
a. Enroll in an academic class (e.g. Military Science 101) every semester worth either 1, 2, or 3 credit hours.
b. Attend a leadership/army skills lab every Thursday from 0600-0800 (6:00am to 8:00am).
c. Attend Physical Training sessions (PT) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 0645 to 0745.
3. If I contract to become an officer how long will my commitment be after college? The typical commitment to the Army after college is for a total of eight years. However, this does not necessarily mean eight years on active duty. Most contracts do four years of active duty and then finish with four years of either National Guard or Reserves. Some cadets will do all eight years with the National Guard or Reserves and will work a civilian job immediately out of college. Serving in the National Guard or Reserves requires serving one weekend per month and serving one annual two-week training event in the summer.
4. What are the scholarship opportunities available with R.O.T.C.?
a. The State Tuition Waiver will pay full tuition at the University of Illinois. The State Tuition Waiver is available to all Illinois residents regardless of whether or not they have contracted to serve in the Army. This scholarship will be reevaluated every semester based on your GPA, your physical fitness, and your attendance at training events.
b. The Federal scholarship will pay EITHER tuition or room and board, (up to $10,000 a year)
1. will give you an allowance for books of $1200 per year, and will give you a monthly stipend of $300-500 for 10 months. The Federal
scholarship requires you to sign a contract for military service.
2. The GRFD Scholarship will pay the same as the Federal Scholarship but will include a monthly drill pay at the same rate as an E-5 sergeant (about $265/month). The GRFD scholarship requires you to commit to join the National Guard and that you go to drill with a local National Guard unit.
5. Can I be in the program and still join other student organizations? Yes! In fact we encourage our cadets to be as active in student life as possible. Many of our cadets are in fraternities/sororities or participate in club sports, varsity sports, student government, etc. We hope all of our cadets get the full spectrum of the college experience so that they will become well rounded leaders and skilled at time management.
6. Will I get deployed while I am in ROTC? No. Even as a contracted cadet, you cannot be deployed.
7. Do I get paid while I’m in ROTC? As a contracted cadet you will receive a monthly stipend of between $300 and $500, an annual book allowance of $1,200, and payment for your summer training.