At VMI, every cadet must participate in four years of Reserve Officers' Training Corps for completion of their degree. VMI offers the option to choose from five branches of the U.S. Military for commissioning. Cadets who do not plan to commission will be enrolled in Army ROTC.
ROTC Scholarships for Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Space Force are administered through the awarding military branch. Scholarships cover tuition and may also include allowances for books and fees and living expenses, and they offer opportunities to obtain leadership positions in the armed forces upon graduation.