Army offering cash bonus for students to join ROTC, but there is a catch

(Photo Credit: U.S. Army Cadet Command)

FORT KNOX, Ky. — The U.S. Army is looking for the best and brightest college students in the country to lead America’s Soldiers as they conduct operations around the world, from relief efforts in Puerto Rico to combat operations in the Middle East.

“The Army understands that college students are seeking a meaningful career once their collegiate days are over,” said the Army in a press release. “The Army is offering a limited opportunity to current college sophomores who have the physical stamina and mental agility to lead America’s Army tomorrow and into the future.”

A newly established $5,000 bonus will be awarded to current college sophomores who can pass the challenge of attending cadet basic training at Fort Knox this summer.

“We’re looking for high quality college sophomores to join ROTC and attend basic camp here at Fort Knox this summer,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command. He added that if the recruits successfully complete basic camp, Cadet Command wants to contract them and pay the $5,000 signing bonus.

Upon graduation, cadets who have successfully completed the military science requirements will receive a position as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. The cadet may elect to be part of the Regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

“The wide range of jobs and occupations within the Army requires it to recruit officers from all degree fields. The Army also realizes the need for a diverse talent pool to lead Soldiers and defend our national interests.”

College sophomores interested in receiving the bonus should contact their campus Army ROTC department for further details.

While this seems like a generous offer from the Army, there are larger ROTC incentives that have been in place longer than this bonus. For example, those wishing to commit to ROTC before attending college could be eligible for 2-4 year college scholarships, which would total well over $5,000.

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