Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
UC Riverside students can participate in Air Force or Army ROTC through cooperative agreements with host universities in the Inland Empire.
ROTC cadets currently earn academic credit for ROTC courses through a cross-enrollment procedure with California State University San Bernardino. Students participate in the cross-enrollment process with the permission of their college dean. Academic units earned in ROTC programs are counted as elective units toward UC Riverside graduation requirements. Pamphlets describing the programs are available at the UCR Career Center.
UC Riverside students have participated in Army ROTC since 1995 under an affiliate relationship through Claremont McKenna College. UC Riverside is one of six universities in the Inland Empire that make up the “Golden Lions Battalion.” Other partner institutions include: California Baptist University, California State University San Bernardino, Azusa Pacific University, and California State Polytechnic University.
As an elective course offered to both undergraduate and graduate students, participation in Army ROTC ultimately leads to the student graduating with a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Many of our alumni successfully compete for slots on Active Duty and full-time employment with the Army as junior officers after graduation. Others choose to pursue the part-time options of joining the National Guard or Reserve components. These graduates pursue full-time civilian careers and lead their units during Drill weekends and Annual Training events.
ROTC offers merit-based scholarship opportunities that pay either the full cost of tuition or a room and board allowance of up to $10,000 per year. A national scholarship board considers applications submitted by seniors in High School for three to four year scholarships. If a student did not compete for a scholarship while in High School, there are opportunities to compete for campus-based scholarships once enrolled at UC Riverside. Other merit-based scholarships are available through the National Guard or Reserve components that offer the same tuition or room and board guarantees, but require a contract to serve with that component after graduation.
Regardless of scholarship, all contracted cadets receive a stipend of $420 per month. Additional opportunities exist for current National Guard or Reserve Soldiers who elect to participate as Simultaneous Membership Program cadets. Cadets in this category receive pay from both programs.
Leadership Development Strategy
ROTC at UC Riverside operates similarly to a varsity athletic team. We conduct physical training three times per week at various locations on campus, taking advantage of the Southern California weather at every opportunity without neglecting the state of the art facilities located at our Student Recreation Center. Cadets will engage in one-two hours of classroom instruction utilizing a curriculum designed by U.S. Army Cadet Command and concurrently taught at every ROTC detachment across the United States. On Thursday afternoons, UC Riverside cadets participate in a “Leadership Laboratory” exercise for four hours. This is an opportunity for our cadets to learn applications of the conceptual theories taught in the classroom – in a field environment.
Training includes but is not limited to: operation and marksmanship with the M4 carbine, day and night land navigation, squad and platoon operations, basic field medicine, and leadership development under stress. Cadets who have shown promise in these basic applications have pursued opportunities to compete with other schools on the West Coast as part of the Ranger Challenge – a competition of skill and physical endurance that replicates some of the stressors of U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning. Our cadets have also competed with their classmates at our partner institutions for opportunities to attend Airborne School, Air Assault School, Sapper School, and the Combat Diver Qualification Course. Graduation from any of these schools provides the cadet with invaluable training as well as a badge or tab that they will wear for the duration of their Army career.
Students or parents interested in more information about the Army ROTC program at UC Riverside or scholarship opportunities may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-827-2764. Army ROTC moved into an on-campus office at 1100E Hinderaker Hall in February 2019. We are located in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
Air Force ROTC
AFROTC offers two-, three-, and four-year programs leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Freshmen and sophomores take one hour of academics and two hours of leadership laboratory a week; juniors and seniors take three hours of academcs and two hours of leadership laboratory a week. Scholarships covering up to 100 percent annual tuition for one to four years along with a nontaxable monthly stipend are available.
Contact the UCR Undergraduate Admissions Office at 951-827-3411 or the UCR Office of the Registrar, 951-827-3409, for further information about concurrent enrollment procedures.
AFROTC programs at participating universities: