Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs

Military science courses and training

Through a joint program, WSU Vancouver students may enroll in military science classes and training at the University of Portland. The agreement includes Air Force and Army ROTC opportunities.

Military science classes are elective courses that combine academics with hands-on training to teach leadership, responsibility and teamwork. These classes add management training, practical experience and personal growth opportunities to a university education.


The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) gives students the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The program is designed to help you prepare for positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force. AFROTC offers numerous programs and scholarship opportunities leading to an academic degree and a commission in the Air Force as a second lieutenant with a four-year active-duty service commitment.

Through the AFROTC program you can learn about the historical development of airpower as well as develop skills in leadership and teamwork. During professional development training, cadets can fly gliders, participate in free-fall parachuting or visit active-duty Air Force bases.

Air Force ROTC Detachment 695—University of Portland


The Army ROTC program provides the requisite leadership training qualifications for students who want to earn appointments as second lieutenants in the United States Army, the U.S. Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Army ROTC students pursue an academic degree in the discipline of their choice, incur no obligation during their first two years of participation, and are not members of the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or National Guard unless they are ROTC scholarship winners.

In addition to on-campus training, Army ROTC offers instruction in adventure training (i.e., rappelling and orienteering). Cadets may also participate in ROTC’s varsity sport, Ranger Challenge, which promotes physical conditioning, military training excellence, and esprit de corps.

Army ROTC—University of Portland