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Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, or better known as ROTC, and its goal is to train college students for future service in branches of the U.S. military. The goal of these college-level programs is to train future officers to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. To students who qualify, the ROTC programs offer scholarships that cover the cost of their education. In exchange, there is an expectation that students fulfill active duty services in their chosen branch of the Armed Forces.

California State University San Marcos hosts the Army ROTC program, which is designed to develop confident, competent, versatile and resilient leaders with the basic military science and leadership foundations necessary to lead small units in nearly any Operational Environment (OE), and to evolve into the Army’s future senior leaders.

Along with these attributes, ROTC cadets will learn, combined core leader competencies and the following six Army Learning Areas:

  • The Army Profession
  • Professional Competence
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Life Long Learning
  • Comprehensive Fitness

The Army ROTC program consists of:

  • One course per semester
  • Weekly scheduled leadership laboratory
  • One weekend field training event
  • The program also offers a series of optional activities including physical training, orienteering, rappelling, sports programs, and social activities.

CSUSM students can join the courses by enrolling at CSUSM Office of the Registrar. Students matriculated at CSU, UC, or community college may enroll in the class using CSU Intrasystem form (on a space-available basis). There is no advance application needed for the freshmen and sophomore classes.

Students need to contact the Department of Military Sciences at (760) 750-4874 to enroll in the Army ROTC program, and to receive information on lab schedule and other activities.