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ROTC at Grand Valley State University


Grand Valley State University is an affiliate with the Reserve Officer’s Training Corp program at Western Michigan University.  Students attending Grand Valley have the option to participate in the program and take 1-3 credit hours per semester at Western Michigan’s Grand Rapids location. ROTC students will also participate in Physical Training at least 3 days per week with other GVSU ROTC cadets. 

Benefits of ROTC:

  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Receive additional tuition assistance
  • Earn your undergraduate degree while preparing for an officer career in the United States Army
  • If currently in the National Guard or Army Reserves, ROTC member has opportunity to drill with current unit at E-5 pay while shadowing current officer leadership

Eligibility for ROTC:

  • Must have at least 4 full semesters remaining at GVSU (for Junior and Senior level and Master’s Students).  Summer semester do not count as ROTC requires some summer training requirements
  • May enter at Junior level if student already has past military experience or already accomplished basic training
  • Must be free of legal restrictions, no major physical ailments that would prevent military service
  • Must be a US citizen

Commitment after completing ROTC program:

  • If selected for Active duty, you will serve full time in the active Army for 3 years (4 years for scholarship winners)
  • If selected or you choose for Reserve Duty, you may choose to serve part time the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career for 6 years (8 years for scholarship winners)

If the Army ROTC program sounds like a good fit for you, please contact:

Aaron A. Combs, Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
WMU Grand Rapids – Beltline Campus
2333 East Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616) 771-9495


For further information, check out the Western Michigan University ROTC page at:


Page last modified March 18, 2014