The Golden Bears Battalion has produced fine Army Officers since 1870. The Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) is a unique elective course of study, taken in conjunction with any academic major that, upon graduation, leads to a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Today, we at the Golden Bear Battalion continue that tradition of excellence through a rigorous and highly supportive program centered around the development of Scholars, Athletes, and Leaders.

Help Paying for College. Scholarships, Tuition Assistance, and monthly stipends are available through a number of sources. If you are interested in finding ways to help fund your college education through The Golden Bear Battalion, there are staff members dedicated to guiding you and assisting you through the process. Contact our scholarship and enrollment officer for more information.

Classes. ROTC is open to all men and women enrolled as full time students at UC Berkeley or any of the numerous affiliate schools at neighboring colleges. ROTC classes are taken for academic elective credit and fulfill some college breadth requirements. Military Science classes enhance your regular academic schedule with practical leadership and management experience not available in a normal classroom environment. Weekly Leadership Labs provide a training environment where cadets apply their leadership skills and military knowledge.


Basic and Advanced Courses. Freshmen/Sophomores in the first two years of the program, (The Basic Course), without a scholarship, have no obligation for military service. However, Cadets may elect to commit to military service as early as their Sophomore year without a scholarship. Juniors/Seniors in (The Advanced Course) voluntarily continuing in ROTC toward commissioning will serve in the Active Army, the Reserves, the National Guard, or may fulfill their commitment with a combination of active and reserve duty.




Joining as a Junior. If you plan to join The Golden Bear Battalion as a Cadet who did not complete either years of The Basic Course, you can meet the requirements by graduating from Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) during the summer following your Sophomore year. There are also opportunities to join The Golden Bear Battalion as a Junior with absolutely no Freshman or Sophomore Cadet experience. The qualification criteria for these Cadets however is much more selective. Contact us if you need more information about qualifying as an incoming Junior.