Cal State LA Army ROTC

Mission Statement

Our mission is to develop the future leaders of the U.S. Army and motivate young people to become better citizens.

What is Army ROTC?

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a scholarship program that trains university students to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

Participants are provided financial support for their studies. They complete the curriculum along with their required university courses.

Upon graduating, cadets are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the Regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard with an assigned specialty (i.e., infantry, aviation, medical, intelligence, etc.).

Financial Support

Students who commit to the program receive a monthly living allowance and book stipends each academic year. In addition, scholarships are awarded based on merit and academic standing.

Scholarships can include:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your bachelor’s degree.
  • Full-tuition scholarships.
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition support.

Students can take lower division Army ROTC courses without an obligation to join the U.S. Army, but will not qualify for financial support.

Army ROTC at Cal State LA

Army ROTC is available at Cal State LA through our partnership with the UCLA Army ROTC Bruin Battalion, one of the best leadership development programs in the nation.

Student participants register for courses through UCLA Extension. The classes take place at the UCLA campus or at Cal State Northridge. Online classes will be available soon to facilitate Cal State LA students’ participation in this program.


To qualify for Army ROTC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen,
  • Be no older than 31 at the time of commission,
  • Possess a high school diploma, or equivalent,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher,
  • Be medically qualified through DODMERB, and
  • Be able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test with a minimum score of 60 points in every event (50 points for high school applicants).

Partner Institutions

If you are enrolled at one of the following California community colleges, you can participate in the Army ROTC Lower Division Course program and continue with the upper division courses when you transfer to Cal State LA.

  • College of the Canyons
  • East Los Angeles College
  • El Camino College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Pierce College
  • Santa Monica College
  • West Los Angeles College

Course Details

Army Physical Fitness Training (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

0600 to 0700 (All at UCLA or CSUN)

Classes (Tuesdays at UCLA or Wednesday at CSUN)

MS I: 0800 to 0850 (Freshman)

MS II: 0900 to 1050 (Sophomore)

MS III: 0800 to 1050 (Junior)

MS IV: 0800 to 1050 (Senior)

Lab (Thursdays)

0600 to 0900 (All)

Lower division courses focus on the fundamentals of leadership and officership. These are some of the courses offered:

12. Basic Military Leadership. (2 units) Lecture, one hour. Introduction to fundamentals of leadership, Army leadership values, ethics and counseling techniques. Foundation of basic leadership fundamentals central to commissioned officer's responsibilities established. P/NP or letter grading.

23. Subordinate Development and Army Organization. (3 units) Lecture, two hours. Discussion/application of team-building techniques and subordinate development, through combined lecture, discussion, and experiential learning, with additional focus on commissioned officer, branches, and Army organization. Application of counseling techniques, motivation and consideration of ethics and values for modern leaders. P/NP or letter grading.

Upper division courses build upon the leadership fundamentals and explore specialized skills and training. These are some of the upper division courses:

131. Tactical Planning and Analysis. (4 units) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, four hours. Introduction to leadership development process used to evaluate military leadership performance. Examination of how to conduct individual and small unit training as well as introduction to basic principles of tactics. Emphasis on study of reasoning skills, troop leading procedures and military orders processing. P/NP or letter grading.

142. Leadership, Ethics, and Military Law. (4 units) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, four hours. Interactive course to enhance student understanding of organizational culture, leadership and ethics. Understanding and enhancement of leader-member relations, assessment of organizational culture and ethical climate, and how to effect change in organizations. Exploration of foundations of military law and law of war. P/NP or letter grading.

143. Officership: Professional Military Leadership. (4 units) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, four hours. Capstone interactive leadership course to prepare students for challenges of being commissioned officers in U.S. Army by discussing various leadership challenges and case studies. Study of military units, with specific emphasis on joint operations involving Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps assets, military operations other than war, and global war on terror. Other topics include personnel administration, maintenance management, and financial planning. P/NP or letter grading.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the Cal State LA Army ROTC program, please contact Romeo Miguel at [email protected] or (310) 825-7381.