The University of Central Florida Department of Military Science is home to the Fighting Knight’s Battalion, the Army ROTC unit which serves students at UCF, Valencia Community College, and Seminole Community College.
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is a program which can enhance a student’s college education by providing unique leadership training and management experience. It helps to develop the qualities necessary for success in either a military or civilian career. Students are given a valuable opportunity to build for the future by earning a college degree and an Army Officer’s commission at the same time.
Freshmen and sophomores interested in taking a closer look at ROTC can get involved by simply enrolling in one of our basic course classes, and there’s no obligation for doing so. Many of our cadets have applied for, and won, Army ROTC scholarships. High school seniors can apply for four year scholarships, while college freshmen and sophomores can apply for three year and two year scholarships, respectively. Army ROTC scholarships can pay up to $10,000 a year towards tuition, room and board, plus $900 a year for books and fees, and $300-$500 per month stipend.
Our curriculum is designed to train and develop future leaders. Military Science classes cover management, ethics, tactics, law, military history, and the Army society. Students get to apply the methods learned in classroom instruction during semi-annual field training exercises at local training areas.
Army ROTC is not all work and no play. Cadets run their own team sport – Ranger Challenge. The Ranger Challenge Team competes with other schools throughout Florida and qualify to compete at the regional and national level in physical fitness events and military skills.
Additionally, the department organizes special events year-round, to include ski trips, rappelling, and an annual formal ball.