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Army ROTC at Virginia Union University

Train to lead! We commission!

Army ROTC is an elective program that serves in conjunction with your existing degree program.
You receive college credit for your ROTC classes and some courses may be used to meet degree requirements for your college major. ROTC classes will teach you things like leadership and management, values & ethics, military skills, effective communication, and adventure training.

ROTC is, at its essence, an Army officer commissioning program; however, not all students who take our classes go on to serve in the Army. We encourage anyone interested in the armed forces or a career in the Army to enroll in our basic level courses. These courses do not have any prerequisites or commitments and are designed to teach basic Army fundamentals. Only scholarship students or students that advance to our upper level courses incur any service obligation. 

You can also receive your Commission as a Second Lieutenant (2LT) in the Reserve Component (RC) of the Army. This includes the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves.

Basic & Advanced Course


While there are a number of paths that ultimately lead to commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Army, the regular progression is through both the Basic Course (Freshman & Sophomore year), consisting of four semester courses, and the Advance Course (Junior & Senior year), also consisting of four semester courses.

Leader's Training Course

Students that have at least two years of college remaining (Sophomores) have the opportunity to attend the Leader’s Training Course held at Fort Knox, Kentucky during the summer.  This motivating and challenging 28-day course prepares students to join the ROTC advanced course and complete their final two years of ROTC on campus.  For more information on this option, please contact us either by e-mail, by phone (1-804-828-7682), or by visiting us in person.

ROTC Benefits

Army ROTC is one of the Nation’s top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining. Through Army ROTC you can:

  • Gain the respect of your peers and future employers
  • Train to become a leader
  • 100% Tuition Paid
  • $1200 Book Stipend ($600 per semester)
  • Monthly Stipend (Tax Free)
  • $300: Freshmen
  • $350: Sophomores
  • $450: Juniors
  •  $500: Seniors
  • Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant:
  • Army Reserves or National Guard: 8yr

If considering Reserve Duty or the National Guard, the commitment is one weekend a month and all Cadets that do decide to go Reserve or National Guard are automatically offered a job interview in the civilian sector with a number of the top Fortune 500 companies with which the Army works (go to to check out what Army ROTC Cadets are offered)

After Graduation

Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you’re a leader, a counselor, a strategist, and a motivator.  It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation.  As an Officer, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust in environments that are always changing.  They are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.  "TRAIN TO LEAD!"

Contact Us

To get in touch with us at the Virginia Union University ROTC Battalion, please refer to the contact information provided below. We'll do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Mr. Tony Chau 

U.S. Army Cadet Command

Spider Battalion Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) 

Telephone: (804) 287-6066

Cell: (804) 898-0067

Fax: (804) 828-3397