In accordance with the National Defense Act of 1920 and with the concurrence of The Regents of the University, a unit of the Senior Division Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was established on the Los Angeles campus of the University in July 1920.
This voluntary training allows you to qualify for an officer's commission in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps while completing your college education. ROTC courses are offered by three departments within the College of Letters and Science: Aerospace Studies (Air Force), Military Science (Army), and Naval Science (Navy and Marine Corps). They are not considered academic majors, but ROTC courses may be taken as free electives and applied toward the total course requirements of your major. The ROTC program is also available through UCLA Extension.
All three ROTC departments offer voluntary four-year programs for incoming freshmen and two-year programs for students who apply early in their sophomore year. All have leadership laboratories which teach management skills.
The majority of commissions are reserve commissions. Active duty obligation following commissioning varies depending on branch of service.
ROTC Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens regardless of parents' income. Scholarships provide tuition, a book allowance, fees, and a tax-free mone-tary allowance of $150 per month during the academic year. Applications for four-year scholarships may be obtained by calling the appropriate department at UCLA -- Army, (310) 825-7381; Air Force, (310) 825-1742; Navy, (310) 825-9075 -- or by writing to Armed Forces Opportunities, P.O. Box 2865, Huntington Station, NY 11746-2102. When writing, specify which service (Army, Air Force, Navy/Marine) scholarship is desired. Completed applications should be submitted prior to July 15 (Army) or August 15 (Air Force and Navy) for early consideration, but no later than December 1 (all services) of the year preceding college matriculation. Three- and two-year scholarship applications may be obtained from the appropriate UCLA department and must be submitted prior to February 1.