About the Department

The UNK Army ROTC Program is an elective curriculum you take along with your 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. A normal college experience like everyone else on campus.

Rachel Thompson

"I like the small community feeling that UNK has to offer and how personable my professors are. My mentors have pushed me to better myself and are always willing to give advice. They encouraged me to enroll in ROTC, which has allowed me to gain friends with similar values. I have a three-year active duty contract that gives me a full-time active duty career for the next eight years."


Rachel Thompson

Beyond the Classroom

One of the best leadership courses in the country can be a part of your college curriculum. Being a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and learning to become a leader will make your college experience even richer and prepare you for the future.

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You will not find anywhere else the kind of direct, hands-on experience you will receive in ROTC training. You will be given significant responsibilities early in your career.

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An officer is a leader. That’s why leadership and management are stressed as part of the ROTC program. The Army provides students with unique training to develop the skills that will help you take command.

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Promotions are based on performance, and the career path is clear-cut. You will be given the opportunity to progress in rank as your proficiency and effective leadership traits are demonstrated.