• With one life to live, I want to do something great.

    Eddie Chang ’13

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ROTC Requirements

VMI cadets are not required to commission into the armed forces.

All cadets are required to take four years of ROTC, with choice of ROTC branch for those planning to commission.  Cadets not planning to commission are enrolled in Army ROTC. Commissioning cadets may choose Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Air Force.   VMI is also one of eight U.S. Coast Guard direct-commission schools.

Because VMI is a senior military college, our ROTC program provides military training at a higher level than programs at civilian colleges and universities. VMI cadets have access to active duty bases, state-of-the-art field training equipment and high-ranking military officials.

This military training cultivates the ability to perform under pressure in both military and civilian careers.

Don’t do ordinary.

VMI teaches responsibility by requiring it. Whether rappelling cliffs, setting up field equipment, or studying military history, cadets learn the same fundamentals of leadership used by the greatest figures in American history.

Choose your ROTC

VMI Army ROTC has produced more Army generals than any other ROTC program in the United States. The program trains commissioning and non-commissioning cadets.

Cadets who seek a civilian career path will benefit from the nation’s top Army ROTC leadership training. Cadets who successfully complete the Army ROTC program may commission as Army second lieutenants.

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Cadets in VMI’s Naval ROTC commissioning track have many career options, including special warfare (SEAL) and the nuclear power program. Cadets who successfully complete the Naval ROTC program may commission as Navy ensigns.

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Marine-option cadets in VMI Naval ROTC consistently have one of the highest graduation rates in the nation at Officer Candidates School. Marine-option cadets who successfully complete the Naval ROTC program may commission as Marine Corps second lieutenants.

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The VMI Air Force ROTC pilot/combat systems officer selection rate is consistently at or near 100 percent. VMI’s Department of Aerospace Studies is a unit of the United States Air Force. Cadets who successfully complete the Air Force ROTC program earn commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from VMI.

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I did not want an ordinary college experience. I wanted to be challenged in everything. I believe the VMI experience did that and gave me the best preparation possible for my future.

Troy Warcewicz, ’12
No. 1 U.S. Army ROTC cadet from a senior military college