Develop your leadership skills, earn a degree in your desired major and graduate as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army through NC Wesleyan’s ROTC program.

ROTC Programs Resources

For more information, contact:

James Mercer, LTC USA (Ret)
Director of Military Studies
252.958.5340 or

Located in the Hartness Student Center

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Army ROTC Mission

NCWC ROTC in formation

The Falcon Battalion (NCWU Bravo Company) will be recognized and known for a standard of academic and leadership excellence that prepares our graduates to be commissioned and succeed as the future officer leadership of the United States Army.

To recruit, retain, develop and commission the future officer leaders of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens through support of local JROTC programs.

The objective of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is to train, motivate and prepare selected students with potential to serve as Commissioned Officers in the Regular Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard.

The program is designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of military art and science and to develop leadership and managerial potential in the student. A strong sense of personal integrity, honor and individual responsibility, and an appreciation of the requirements for national security are instilled in all students.

Enrollment in the Army ROTC Military Science courses is open to all students attending NCWU. The Army ROTC program offers elective courses for undergraduate and graduate students leading to a commission in the United States Army. Students may compete for four-year, three-year and two-year scholarships.


  • The ROTC is the nation’s largest source of merit-based scholarships. Qualified cadets can attend tuition free
  • Earn your degree while gaining new leadership, military and adventure training skills
  • Grow as an individual and gain a sense of belonging with peers who share common interests
  • Develop a healthy fit lifestyle
  • Earn a monthly, tax-free cash stipend during the academic year while on scholarship
  • Travel free on space-available military flights as a contracted cadet
  • Earn a commission with the World’s Greatest
  • Fighting Force
  • When you graduate, you will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and could earn up to $68,000 within your first four years of service

Upcoming ROTC Basic Camp

The Falcon Battalion ROTC of NC Wesleyan encourages all prospective students to participate in ROTC Basic Camp. ROTC Basic Camp is a 32-day intensive training event, in the classroom and on the field, held each summer at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

Basic Camp, is designed for college students (sophomores, juniors, transfer and graduate) who have at least four semesters of college left and want to go into the ROTC program.  Prospective students are typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as third-year students in the four-year program.*

If interested, please contact Mr. Johnson at 910.973.7656 OR

*Return as a junior in this accelerated alternative to the Basic Course that qualifies students for enrollment in the Advanced Course.

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Start Strong in Life – Enroll in Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), the college elective for undergraduate and graduate students that provides leadership training for success in any career field.

If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career.

Available at over 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide, ROTC offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition and open educational opportunities.

Whether you’re in high schoolcollege or already in the Army, you can become an officer in today’s Army through joining ROTC.

Additional Scholarship Information HERE!

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Ages 17-26
  • Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • SAT: 1000+ or ACT: 19+
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Scholarships Awarded

  • Four-Year Scholarships
  • Three-Year Scholarships
  • Two-Year Scholarships
  • Dedicated Army National Guard (DEDNG) Scholarship
  • Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship

All Scholarship recipients receive $1,200/year for books and a $250-$500 monthly stipend. (Stipend dependent on what year the student is in the ROTC program.)


Q: If I join Army ROTC, does that mean I am joining the military?
No. ROTC is a training program for military officers, but the students in the program have not yet joined the military. Students who complete the ROTC program will join the military after graduating from college, at which time they will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army, National Guard or Army Reserve.

Q: What is my obligation?
Most ROTC graduates have a four-year commitment.

Q: How much time do students have to spend with ROTC each week?
Approximately six hours per week for freshmen and sophomores, eight hours per week for juniors and seniors.

We offer over 100 career fields, including:

Aircraft – pilot, navigator, maintenance
Missiles – missile launch operators, maintenance
Engineering – research, development and technical management in various engineering fields
Science – mathematics, nuclear physics, meteorology
Computer Science – programming, systems analysis, development
Law – labor, claims, international contracts, military justice, legal assistance
Health Sciences – physician, dentist, nurse
Management – intelligence, security forces, personnel, supply, finance, communications, electronics, munitions

Students and Parents:
For questions regarding general information, how to join Army ROTC or scholarships contact James Mercer, LTC USA (Ret) at or 252.985.5340/252.955.7004.

JROTC Cadets:
Start by contacting your Cadet Chain of Command, Senior Army Instructor or Military Science Instructor.