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APSU ROTC looking for college sophomores, offering $5,000 bonus

APSU ROTC cadets doing push-ups.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s ROTC program is looking for the best and brightest college students in the country, and the U.S. Army is willing to pay a little extra for these qualified soldiers.

Through the Army, Austin Peay’s ROTC program is now offering a $5,000 bonus to college sophomores who complete the program’s cadet basic training and go on to become commissioned officers.

“We’re looking for high-quality college sophomores to join ROTC and attend basic camp here at Fort Knox this summer,” Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes, commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command, said. If these individuals successfully complete basic camp, Cadet Command will contract them and pay the $5,000 signing bonus.

Upon graduation, cadets who have successfully completed the military science requirements will receive a position as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. The cadet may elect to be part of the Regular Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

The wide range of jobs and occupations within the Army requires it to recruit officers from all degree fields.

“By joining APSU’s ROTC program, you will become part of one of the nation’s top ROTC programs, training among both traditional cadets and seasoned veterans seeking to serve as Army officers,” Lt. Col. John Montgomery, chair of the APSU Department of Military Science, said. “It is an experience that will be both challenging and rewarding, while also providing you with leadership skills that will help you throughout your career as both an officer and a civilian.”

Interested college sophomores should contact Julius R. Kelley III by email at kelleyj@apsu.edu, by phone at 931-575-1954, or visit the APSU ROTC program, located in the Memorial Health Building on the APSU campus. They can also go to www.goarmy.com/rotc or text “ROTCBONUS” to 462769 on their smart device.