What happens if you choose a military major at your college?

I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to military stuff so I'm not sure what happens. I'm currently in my first year (undeclared) and the college I attend offers a program in Military Science, which is within the school's Army ROTC program but it's a major on its own.

If I was to go into this major, would I be required to join the military? The program description says it trains students to become military officers while implementing a science background. Obtaining military training sounds like a big achievement and all but I do not wanna become contracted to join the service as that is not my intended career path. Thank you for your help!

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  • 6 months ago
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    Yeah, that degree would be worthless for you, even if you could get into the program without joining.

    If you think it'll prepare you for a civilian sector job in the DoD or intelligence community, it won't. Find an Intelligence Studies program. Or get a Computer Science degree.

    • Anonymous
      Lv 5
      6 months agoReport

      My main reason for interest in this program is wanting to enter government jobs. You provided a good point there so I will select you as a best answer.

  • 5 months ago

    Then choose something practical like medicine or science. I don't see the point in military studies if you don't intend on working for the DoD in some capacity the rest of your life.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    You don't. We wouldn't want you to have a bad boss who they call the screaming eagle....

  • 6 months ago

    There is NO SUCH THING as a military major in college.

    ROTC IS NOT a major. It is a program under which the military pays for your education in exchange for you COMMITTING to serve as an officer for a predetermined term of service.

    Note: You have to join BEFORE you are admitted into ROTC.

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    If you DON'T intend to seek a commission in the military, then what purpose would there be in taking a military science major? It would be an absolutely useless college degree, and a total waste of time and money.

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The only people who can get that major are contracted ROTC cadets..who are commissioned as officers in the military

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    "but I do not wanna become contracted to join the service as that is not my intended career path"...then WTF would you want that type of degree? But yes, you would be required to serve if you actually made it to your Junior year in the program. If you don't sign the contract, then you get dropped from the program and you get to start all over again with a different major.

  • 6 months ago

    ROTC is a commissioning program, if your do the advanced ROTC course, you must go into the military.

  • Mark B
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    In order to take the military science major, you would be required to take the MS III and MS IV ROTC classes. You MUST be contracted to take those courses. If you aren't contracted to be commissioned and join the military as an officer, you won't be able to take advanced ROTC courses and you won't be able to major in Military Science.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    You join the ARMY, and then retire 30 years later ....................

    Source(s): Retired ARMY SFC.
    • Mark B
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      20 years is retirement. 28 years is max service for officers unless you make O-6.

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