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Army ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and can be part of your college curriculum. Being a student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and learning to become a leader will make your college experience even richer and prepare you for the future. You’ll combine classroom time with hand-on experience.

What is ROTC?

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for you college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshmen and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in, called branches.

Who We're Looking For

Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more our of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up,athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.

History of the Javelina Battalion

The Javelina Battalion ROTC training began in South Texas at then Texas A&I University in 1951. The program expanded to then Corpus Christi State University in December 1978 as the Javelina Battalion’s Charlie Company, which became its own battalion in 2007. The company expanded its Basic Course instruction to Del Mar College in the spring semester of 1984. In 1993, Texas A&I University changed its name to Texas A&M University-Kingsville. In 2003, the battalion added a school in Laredo, Texas: Texas A&M-International University. Both have already made themselves known in South Texas and continue the great traditions of the Javelina Battalion. One of our most famous ROTC graduates is LTG (ret.) R. Sanchez.

Army ROTC students who receive the 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 if scholarship winners)

  • Selected 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 everyday. Contact the 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.