How to Become an Army ROTC Instructor


The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program designed to teach college students the necessary leadership and critical thinking skills to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. The Army ROTC program is aimed at helping students pay for college in exchange for their service in the military. Army ROTC instructors play an important role in this training program by recruiting, teaching and mentoring students. Follow these steps to become an Army ROTC instructor.

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Things You'll Need

  • College degree
  • Computer with Internet Access
  • Active or reserve military experience
  • Army Physical Fitness Test Score
Step 1

Understand the two types of Army ROTC instructor positions available. There are two types of Army ROTC instructors including Senior Military Science Instructors (SMSI) and Military Science Instructors (MSI). Senior Military Science Instructors have a bachelor’s or master’s level college education and at least 4 years of military experience. Military Science Instructors have an Associates degree and 10 years of military experience. Both types of instructors handle the same responsibilities including training and commissioning college students for military service.

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Step 2

Meet the Army’s minimum requirements. The Army has several basic requirements for instructors. Applicants must be recently retired (no more than five years) Army officers, officers with honorable discharge and current or retired Reserve and National Guard Army officers. Army ROTC instructors must also have and wear their own Army uniforms. The Army also has height and weight standards based on the gender and age of the applicant. A link to the Army’s weight and height chart is in the resource section of this article.

ROTC cadets practice battlefield tactics in New Jersey
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Step 3

Submit an application. Fill out the electronic application available on COMTek, a government contractor, is responsible for hiring Army ROTC instructors and will contact you about the second part of the application process. Have your military background information, your most recent Army Physical Fitness Test Score and your education information with you when you fill out the application.

Army ROTC instructor and cadets
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Step 4

Pass the pre-employment tests. Applicants must receive a passing score on the Army’s Physical Fitness Test (APFT) which consists of a two mile run, sit-ups and push-ups. The Army also reviews the applicant’s background with a National Agency Check/Local Agency Check (NAC/LAC). Army ROTC instructors must also agree to submit to periodic and random drug testing.

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