What is the University of Pikeville Army ROTC?

The University of Pikeville Army ROTC is a program of leadership and military skills training. It prepares Pikeville students for Officer responsibilities in the Army National Guard, Reserve and Active Army following graduation.

How can the University of Pikeville Army ROTC benefit me?

The University of Pikeville Army ROTC can help you be successful during college and after graduation. You will quickly gain confidence and self-discipline necessary to progress in your studies at the University of Pikeville, while acquiring leadership skills and credentials that will impress employers when you graduate. Additionally, you will earn opportunities to serve your country as an Army Officer.

Course Experiences

Army ROTC Field Training
Army ROTC Field Training
Army ROTC Field Training
Army ROTC Field Training
Army ROTC Field Training
Army ROTC Field Training
Army ROTC Field Training

Leadership development that lasts a lifetime.

The University of Pikeville ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition, too. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be an Officer in the Army.

What it means to be an Army Officer?

Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you’re a leader, a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It’s similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an Officer, you will lead other soldiers in all situations and adjust in environments that are always changing. Officer’s are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.

University of Pikeville ROTC benefits

Army ROTC is one of the nation’s top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Get help with your college tuition with an Army ROTC scholarship.
  • Gain experience you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers.
  • Train to become a leader and manager.
  • Free room and board.

Your commitment to the Army

Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.

You can serve full-time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners).

Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.

It’s an experience that you can’t get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Contact your campus Military Science department for more specific details on your Army ROTC service commitment. Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does not involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC scholarship.

Army scholarships

Whether you’re a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. Army ROTC scholarships are valuable in many ways:

  • Two-, three- and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree.
  • Full-tuition scholarships.
  • Additional allowances pay for books and fees.

Living expense

Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:

  • First year - $300 per month
  • Second year - $350 per month
  • Third year - $450 per month
  • Fourth year - $500 per month

How do the University of Pikeville Army ROTC courses fit in?

Army ROTC Field Training

Army ROTC involves one course and lab on campus each semester. Introductory no-obligation courses satisfy the University of Pikeville requirements for general electives.

Basic Courses (freshmen and sophomore years)

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Self/Team Development
  • Individual/Team Military Tactics
  • Instruction Techniques & Survey of Army Career Fields

Advanced Courses (junior and senior years)

  • Leading Small Organizations
  • Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting
  • Transition to Lieutenant

Each basic and advanced course also includes a one-credit lab involving military skills and training and adventure activities such as mountaineering and rifle marksmanship.


Todd McLean


Virtual Tour
There has never been a better time to be a UPIKE Bear! APPLY NOW
UPike Tigers