We have a cadre of eight, meaning
six instructors and two support staff. Our instructors of
military science teach everything from leadership and problem
solving to management and physical fitness. Currently, we
have 82 cadets in the program, although the numbers change
as new students join the program and others graduate. Although
most of the cadets are CSUF students, we also have cadets
who are enrolled at Biola University, UCI and some of the
local community colleges.
Yes, some students enroll in
the classes to see if ROTC is the right fit for them. However,
if you are contracted with the ROTC program, you have to take
at least nine classes in military science in addition to your
other college classes. And, military science isn’t a
major – all of our students are majoring in other areas
such as business, history and education. If you can’t
fit all of those classes into your schedule, we offer special
“camp” programs that meet for several weekends
or a week or two at a time. These are used in lieu of military
||What’s the benefit for students
to be in an ROTC program?
The most obvious benefit is that we provide
scholarships – not only school fees but textbook expenses.
ROTC cadets also receive a stipend of $250 a month for freshman,
$300 a month for sophomores, $350 a month for juniors and
$400 a month for seniors.
In addition, we provide tutoring and counseling if needed.
We work very closely with the students to prepare them for
leadership roles. When students graduate from Cal State Fullerton
or other universities, they begin their military careers as
officers. [Laughing] Besides, who wouldn’t want to begin
the day with 6 a.m. runs and grueling exercise?
They are commissioned for eight
years. The Army doesn’t force students to go on active
duty unless they sign up for the active duty scholarship –
and many do, by the way. So, a cadet can choose whether he/she
prefers active, reserve or National Guard duty.