VMI boasts the largest ROTC program in the country where each year approximately 800 cadets enroll in Army ROTC. Additionally, VMI commissions more 2nd Lieutenants than any other senior military college.

As part of ROTC programming, upper-class Army cadets serve as leaders in the battalion at all levels and organize major training events such as spring and fall Field Training Exercises. All cadets start at the lower ranks and work their way up to the top.

Institute Regulations require that all cadets complete four years of ROTC training in one of the three ROTC programs: Army, Navy/Marine, or Air Force. The VMI system is designed to prepare qualified cadets for a military commission upon graduation, but there is no requirement that cadets seek a commission.  

VMI partners with other schools in the Lexington area for its Army ROTC program:

  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Southern Virginia University
  • Washington and Lee University

Army National Guard

Army Reserve 

Army ROTC Scholarship Information

Adam Josephson '19 receives the Tom Surdyke award from Tom Surdyke's father, Tim Surdyke.—Photo courtesy of the U.S. Military Academy.

Cadet named Best Squad Leader at Sandhurst Competition

Adam Josephson '19 won the Tom Surdyke Award for best squad leader at the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition in April. VMI placed fourth out of those 49 teams in the functional fitness event and 27th overall at the competition.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Army ROTC

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Army Secretary Speaks of Character at VMI

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper praised VMI’s commitment to producing leaders of character.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Brandy Nicole Mejia



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VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders