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Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC
can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.
At the University of Maryland the Terrapin Battalion has excelled at producing Officers of the highest caliber through our diverse and expansive training opportunities, program outreach, leadership development, internships in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and longstanding networks our program has developed. The program has sent cadets to Greece, Panama, China, Slovakia, Morocco, and other countries through its Cultural Understanding Language Proficiency Program (CULP), and to Barcelona, Spain through its Study Abroad program. Our cadets have won their division in the Ranger Challenge Competition multiple times, and won the 4th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition, placing first out of 39 schools. Even with busy schedules and difficult training, cadets are able to maintain a battalion average GPA of 3.2, and a battalion average Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) score of 267/300. They perform well at the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) which all cadets participate in at the end of their junior year.
Because of all of our achievements, 87% of cadets receive either their first, or second branch choice when cadets commission and join the Regular Army