Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC)

The Army Reserves Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program is available to qualified students at BYU–Hawaii through joint registration with the University of Hawaii. It provides college-trained officers with commissions as lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Hawaii Army National Guard, or U.S. Army Reserve. Officers may be commissioned in a reserve component and pursue their civilian careers, be commissioned on active duty, or receive an educational delay and earn a graduate or professional degree. Four-year, three-year, and two-year programs are available.

The four-year program is divided into a two-year basic and two-year advanced course. The basic course is for students who enter ROTC in their freshman year. With approval, students may enter ROTC in their sophomore year and compress the basic course requirements. This traditional program offers a moderately paced course of military and academic training resulting in completion of ROTC and eligibility for a commission on graduation day. All basic courses are electives, and no obligations are incurred. The advanced course includes six-week summer camp between the junior and senior years at a Mainland military installation. Pay for the advanced course is $200 per month during the school year and approximately $650 plus room and board for the six weeks at advanced camp. To be eligible for the advanced course, a student must (a) be a U.S. citizen, (b) successfully complete the basic course or its equivalent, and (c) meet other statutory and regulatory requirements.

The two-year advanced program can be taken without the basic course by students who attend and complete a six-week summer camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for which the student receives approximately $600. Likewise, veterans of all services, three-year JROTC graduates, and national guardsmen and reservists may be exempt from the basic course. Should an individual qualify, select, and complete this option, he/she is eligible to receive a commission upon graduation. Students must have four semesters of college work remaining after finishing the basic summer camp (or qualifying for the exemptions). Advanced course students must have completed 54 hours and be full-time students.

In addition to the courses summarized in the course descriptions, cadets will be required to meet professional military education requirements prior to graduation and commissioning. These requirements consist of courses in written communication skills, human behavior, military history, computer literacy, and math reasoning. Courses on management and national security studies also are recommended.

The simultaneous membership program (SMP) allows cadets to participate with, and receive drill pay from, Army Reserve or Hawaii National Guard units as an officer trainee while they complete the Army ROTC advanced course. The pay such cadets receive is in addition to the monthly ROTC living allowance and any GI Bill educational benefits to which they are entitled.

Scholarships are available for 2, 3, and 4 years. They provide for tuition, fees, books, laboratory expenses, travel, and $200 per month for the period of the scholarship. All students have the opportunity to attend airborne, air assault, and northern warfare schools. Women are encouraged to participate in the program and comprise 25 percent of the ROTC.

William A. Roach, Coordinator

Phone: (808) 956-7744 / 956-7766

Fax: (808) 946-2840

Aerospace studies (AS) is part of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Program and is available to qualified students through joint registration with the University of Hawaii. Men and women who successfully complete all requirements are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. They then serve on active duty or may, in some cases, obtain educational delay for graduate studies. Academics courses are open to any student without obligation to the Air Force. Three- and four-year program options are available.

The four-year program is divided into two phases, the general military course (GMC-freshman and sophomore years) and the professional officer course (POC-junior and senior years). Students who have participated in JROTC or have had more than two months of active duty may have a portion or all of the GMC waived. Students are under no obligation to the Air Force until they enter the POC at the beginning of their junior year. Between their sophomore and junior years, students will attend an expense-paid, four-week field training at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL and receive field training pay of approximately $500. Students receive a $450-500 tax free monthly allowance while in the POC.

All interested candidates may receive free flight indoctrination through a local Civil Air Patrol/AFROTC sponsored program.

In addition, various four-, three-, and two-year scholarships covering tuition, fees, and books are available on a competitive national basis to candidates in academic majors the Air Force aligns to "critical" career fields. Current examples are Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Environmental), Foreign Languages, and Nursing.

Phone: (808)956-7734