Loyola students who participate in Army ROTC take their courses on the Tulane University campus. Up to 15 hours of Army ROTC coursework may be used toward the total number of hours required for graduation at Loyola.
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is a comprehensive program of studies through which a student can qualify to be commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, the National Guard, or the United States Army Reserve. Students learn leadership and management skills that will help in any profession. The Army ROTC program consists of a two-year basic course, which is open to freshmen and sophomores only, and a two-year advanced course. Non-scholarship students participating in the first two years of ROTC do not incur any obligation to the United States Army.
Admission to ROTC is conditional on meeting academic, physical, and age requirements as well as the approval of the professor of military science.
Physical training is an integral part of the ROTC program.
To be commissioned as an officer, a student must complete either the regular four-year program, a three-year program (whereby the basic course is compressed into one year), or a two-year program requiring completion of the summer ROTC basic camp. Advanced placement for ROTC training may be given to veterans and to students with previous ROTC experience. In addition to these requirements, a student must complete at least one course in the area of written communications, military history, and computer literacy.
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) offers two- and four-year programs through which students, upon graduation, can earn a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Through a comprehensive program of both academics and hands-on training, students have the unique opportunity to enhance their interpersonal skills in the areas of communications, teamwork, leadership, and management.
The four-year program is divided into two parts: the General Military Course (GMC) for freshmen and sophomores and the Professional Officers Course (POC) for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Students in the GMC attend a one-hour class and a one and one half-hour laboratory each week, while the POC students attend three hours of class and a one and one half-hour laboratory weekly. All POC classes and laboratories are conducted on the Tulane Campus. The GMC classes are held on both the Tulane and UNO campuses, while the laboratories are held at Tulane.
The two-year program consists of the Professional Officer Course only. Interested students should apply for the two-year program during the first semester of their sophomore year. Selected candidates will attend a six-week field training session prior to entry into the POC. Applicants must have four semesters of either undergraduate or graduate work remaining after attendance at our summer field training session.
Students may enroll in the GMC without incurring any military obligation. Entry into the POC is competitive. All students in the four-year program must compete for a slot at one of our four-week field training camps. Field training sessions, for which applicants are paid and yet incur no military obligation, are held in the summer and are normally attended between the sophomore and junior years. Non-scholarship students do not incur any commitment to military service until they begin the POC. Students may also register for an Aerospace Studies course for academic credit only, without joining the cadet corps.
Textbooks are issued without cost. Uniforms are issued, but require a $50 deposit at time of issuance. A $20 nonrefundable Cadet Activity Fee is charged each semester. POC cadets and GMC scholarship cadets qualify for a $100 per month subsistence allowance during the fall and spring semesters.
The Air Force offers some excellent scholarship opportunities in a wide variety of academic majors. These scholarships cover tuition, university fees, and textbook reimbursement. Contact AFROTC Detachment 320, Tulane University, at (504) 865-5394 or (800) 7-AFROTC for more information on the two- and four-year programs and scholarship eligibility. Work with your adviser for integration of Aerospace Studies into your academic program.
Loyola University offers the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) through a cross-enrollment agreement with the NROTC Unit, Tulane University. There are three general programs through which students can qualify for commissions in the naval service: The United States Naval Academy, The NROTC Navy or Marine option programs, and direct accession through Officer Candidate School. The NROTC program at Tulane University offers students the opportunity to earn a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps through four-year, three-year, and two-year scholarship programs, and through the NROTC College Program. Students matriculating to Loyola University, who have not already been awarded an NROTC scholarship, may participate in the NROTC College Program and compete for a three-year scholarship. These students are selected from applicants each year by the Professor of Naval Science.
NROTC scholarship program students are selected annually on a nationwide competitive basis. They receive four-year scholarships that include full tuition, university fees, uniforms, textbooks, and a $200 per-month subsistence stipend. Scholarship students participate in paid summer training periods and receive commissions in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve as ensigns or second lieutenants upon graduation. They have a minimum four-year active duty obligation after commissioning, followed by four years in the inactive reserves.
NROTC college program students are selected from applicants each year by the professor of naval science. Students may apply to participate in the college program any time during their freshman year. They participate on a four-year naval science program with one paid summer training period (between junior and senior years) and receive commissions in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve upon graduation. They incur a minimum three-year active duty obligation, followed by five years in the inactive reserves. College program students are furnished uniforms and naval science textbooks and a subsistence stipend of $200 per month during their junior and senior years. Additionally, four-year college program students may compete nationally for a three-year or two-year NROTC scholarship.
NROTC two-year college scholarship program participants are selected from local undergraduate applicants. To apply, students should contact the NROTC unit on campus not later than the middle of the first semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the third year if in a five-year program. Applicants who are qualified and accepted attend a six-week Naval Science Institute at Newport, Rhode Island, during the summer prior to entering the program. Travel expenses are paid to and from the institute, and candidates receive approximately $500 in salary, plus meals and lodging from the training period. Upon successful completion of the Naval Science Institute, the students are enrolled in the NROTC program in the fall. Students then receive full tuition scholarships plus $200 per month in subsistence for the remaining two years of college. Active duty obligations are a minimum of four years of active duty followed by four years in the inactive reserves.
Those students who desire a Navy or Marine Corps commission but do not participate in NROTC programs may apply for the direct accession program that leads to a commission upon completion of degree requirements and Officer Candidate School.
The Naval ROTC Unit sponsors many teams in campus intramural sports and many specialty organizations that represent the unit on campus and throughout Louisiana and the southern United States. These include the Drill Team, the Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cannon Crew, and the Color Guard, all of which participate in many Mardi Gras parades and other unit and university functions. Other special organizations which include NROTC representation are the Anchor and Chain Society and The Raiders.