• This is a photo of ROTC cadets participating in physical training.


  • This is a photo of ROTC cadets at a commissioning ceremony.


    The University commissioned its first officers into the U.S. Army in 2017.

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  • This is a photo of ROTC cadets participating in physical training.


  • This is a photo from an ROTC commissioning ceremony.



The mission of the Harding University “Bison Detachment” ROTC program is to train and prepare future commissioned officers for a successful career in the U.S. Army. Through leadership training and camaraderie among cadets to experiential learning and financial benefits, ROTC strives to help students earn college degrees while preparing them to be tomorrow’s leaders today.

Partnering with ASU

Harding’s ROTC program partners with ASU Beebe’s A-State Red Wolf Battalion to recruit, retain, educate and develop senior ROTC cadets. With a focus on leadership and management, cadets will gain leadership skills and participate in various training events and classes encompassing rappelling, marksmanship, fitness and military history. A-State and Harding are working together to train and prepare future officers for success as they begin their careers serving the U.S. Army while leading in the civilian sector.

Academic majors

ROTC program participants can choose from any of Harding’s more than 100 majors. They will earn their college degree while learning leadership and management skills required to become a U.S. Army officer or have a successful civilian career. The unique nature of the program provides learning opportunities in the classroom with both live and simulated scenarios, such as adventure training, Advanced Camp and Blackhawk training.

Special opportunities

ROTC is a leadership program with a focus on character building, generating moral and well-rounded individuals to make an impact on the world around them. With the combined classroom instruction, hands-on training and practice, ROTC allows students to interact with students of diverse backgrounds, experiences, political ideologies and goals, while instilling team-building, negotiating and consensus-building skills beneficial to the Army and various career fields.

Community involvement

This is an integral part of Harding University and its ROTC program. Such involvement is crucial to the success of any unit. As a campus and organization, Harding’s ROTC strives to support the processes necessary to engage in dialogue and participation with community members both locally and abroad.

Complete the chaplain program and earn a Master of Divinity to be commissioned as an Army chaplain. Full tuition is covered.


Full and partial Army ROTC scholarships are available for college-bound high school students and current students participating in the ROTC program. Army ROTC scholarships consist of two-, three- and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete the degree, full-tuition scholarships, and additional allowances for living expenses, books and fees.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be enrolled in ROTC classes, have a minimum of 27 college credit hours, have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and be able to pass a DODMERB Physical and the Army Physical Fitness Test. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, not on financial need.


Does an ROTC student have to join the Army after graduation?
Yes; however, they have the option of Active Duty, National Guard or Reserves.

If a student accepts an ROTC scholarship, will they deploy?
Contracted cadets are non-deployable.

Can ROTC students still participate in athletics?
A flexible schedule can be arranged for students involved in other programs.