How is this different from ROTC at most colleges?
ROTC at Virginia Tech is exactly the same as it is at other colleges except that ROTC students from Virginia Tech benefit from being in a progressive leadership program within a structured military lifestyle that the VTCC provides. This complements the leadership training offered by the ROTC programs. The result is an officer with a lot more practical leadership experience upon graduation.
How is this different from a traditional Military College?
We are one of only two senior military colleges in the United States located within a major state university. You can have the close-knit military college experience you'd find at a traditional military college at the same time you are able to experience all the opportunities a large, public university has to offer!
Do I have to wear a uniform all the time?
All cadets wear a Corps uniform whenever they attend classes, generally from 7am until 5pm most weekdays. ROTC cadets will wear their service-specific uniform one day a week in spring semesters.
Can I play sports and be in the Corps?
Your first year is a transition year, but if you are able to play at the highest level at Virginia Tech (either varsity (NCAA) or club), you may participate your first semester.
We ask that everyone else take one semester to adjust to college academics. If you earn a 3.0 GPA or higher, you may add an extracurricular activity in the spring semester. Beginning sophomore year, as long as you can maintain your grades, there are no restrictions on extracurricular activities.
How many cadets are there?
For Fall 2016, we expect approximately 1,100 cadets total will be participating in the Corps of Cadets, making up about 13% of all Virginia Tech students living on campus and about 4% of the overall student body.
Do I have to be in ROTC and go in the military upon graduation?
No, we offer a very strong Citizen-Leader Track option for cadets not pursuing a military commission that provides great preparation for life in the public or private sectors after graduation.
Can I intern or co-op and be in the Corps?
Citizen-Leader Track cadets are highly encouraged to take advantage of co-op or intern opportunities. However, cadets/midshipmen on ROTC scholarships may participate only with prior approval from their ROTC program.
I was not in JROTC in high school, can I still be in the VTCC and ROTC?
Absolutely. 30% of the Corps of Cadets participated in their JROTC unit, but 70% did not. We begin our training from the beginning, so you will not be at a disadvantage if you did not participate in JROTC in high school.
How many women are in the Corps?
Approximately 15%. However, the university is approximately 42% women. Female cadets have held every leadership position in the Corps including regimental commander. The VTCC was one of the first senior military colleges to admit women to its program, even before the federal service academies, and women do very well in our program. If you have concerns, we highly recommend participating in the Spend the Night program and talking with current female cadets to see for yourself.
Do I have to pay for my uniforms?
There will be a uniform fee assessed each academic year that will be 1/4 of uniform costs and required alterations. This fee is established by the Tailor Shop and the Office of Budget and Financial Planning. For an ROTC student that completes the fall semester and returns for the spring semester, in good standing within ROTC guidelines, they will normally receive a commutation from the Department of Defense to cover a portion of the uniform fee. For a Citizen-Leader Track cadet student, the requirement will be that they remain in good standing within the corps for the entire academic year. This will qualify for an equivalent university credit that will cover a portion of the uniform fee. Any portion of the uniform fee that is not subsidized, in either manner, will be the responsibility of the cadet.
For spring 2015, the annual uniform fee was approximately $1,033 (female cadets were slightly higher – they are also issued skirts), and the commutation covered all but about $250 for most cadets.
In the event a cadet leaves the corps, at any point during the academic year, the annual uniform fee will be immediately billed and will be the cadet's responsibility. This applies even if only spending one day in the Corps.
Do I have to have XL sheets?
No, the Corps recommends you bring regular length, white twin sheets. You can have a fitted bottom sheet.
What color backpack may I bring?
The Corps regulations require a black backpack with no logo or only a small logo.
What furniture is included in the residence hall rooms?
Each room has a bunk bed (loft beds are not allowed in the Corps residence halls), two desks, two chairs, two dressers, two closets, two Ethernet ports, and a sink.
When does New Cadet Week begin?
For VTCC Class of 2020, it will begin August 13th between 7:30am and 11:30am, one week before classes begin.
What additional Corps fees should I expect?
- $75 Corps Fee (payable by check made out to “Virginia Tech Foundation” at New Cadet Check-In)
- $10 for a Haircut (cash, $9 for the haircut + $1 tip) Male new cadets, paid in cash, to the barber in McBryde Hall during check-in, an exact $10 bill would be appreciated to speed the process.
- $3.30 Early Meal Fees (billed through the Bursar’s Office on the fall tuition bill, not paid at New Cadet Check-In)
- Uniform Fee (4 annual payments of approximately $1,100 billed through the Bursar’s Office on the tuition bill in the spring semester - if enrolled in the Corps of Cadets in the spring semester, plan to pay approximately $250 out-of-pocket after receiving a uniform commutation from your ROTC or the Commonwealth of Virginia.)