Frequently Asked Questions

General Information on NSTP and ROTC

What is NSTP?

  • The National Service Training Program (NSTP), under the Republic Act 9163, is a 2-semester program required for all college students. Students can choose among Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) or Literacy Training Service (LTS) to satisfy their NSTP requirement.

What is ROTC?

  • The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the components of the NSTP. It is designed to “train, organize, and mobilize citizen soldiers for national defense preparedness [RA 9163].” It can be taken up by freshmen and continuing students to satisfy the NSTP requirement.

How long is the ROTC program? How many days per week and how many hours per day? What is the schedule?

  • Because ROTC is now under the NSTP, the basic course is taken for one (1) year. Training will be held on Saturdays, from 7am-12pm. That’s once a week, 5 hours per day.

Is ROTC required?

  • No. However, we highly recommend students to take up ROTC to satisfy their NSTP requirement.

Is ROTC for males only?

  • No. In fact, the Corps Commander for Academic Year 2010-2011  is a female.

They say that ROTC is pure marching and drills. Is this true?

  • No. ROTC cadets learn a lot of things including First Aid, Map Reading, Martial Arts, Marksmanship, Mountaineering and more. For more info, click here.

Will I have to buy the uniform?

  • No. In fact, AY 2010-2011 and AY 2011-2012 cadets were issued free uniforms.

Is there a height requirement?

  • None.

ROTC is not allowed for freshmen. Is this true?

  • No. ROTC is the only NSTP component that is allowed for freshmen. CWTS and LTS can only be taken starting sophomore year in UP Diliman.

Can I take ROTC during other years?

  • Yes. However, we recommend the freshmen to consider taking ROTC because it is the only NSTP component allowed for freshmen.

So if I finish ROTC during freshman year, I won’t have to worry about NSTP?

  • Yes.

Can I avail of the scholarships indicated in the brochures?

  • Yes, but only if you choose to become a Cadet Officer. For details on becoming a Cadet Officer, click here.

Can I transfer to another NSTP component? For instance, can I take ROTC for the first semester then CWTS in the second semester?

  • No, you are not allowed to transfer. The NSTP requirement should be taken in two semesters with the same course offered by the same department or college.

Is the training difficult?

  • The training will be challenging. However, we guarantee that every drop of sweat you shed during training will be worth all the skills and values that you will learn under ROTC. Training standards are set in order to ensure the best output given by the cadets, and in order to ensure the quality of graduates that UP ROTC produces.

Will taking up ROTC be bad for my academics?

  • Since ROTC aims to develop discipline among its cadets, undergoing ROTC training may even help you do good in your academics. In fact, two of our cadet officers (one taking BS Chemical Engineering, one taking BA Psychology) are running for magna cum laude.

I have a medical condition that might be triggered by training. However, I am interested in the program. Can I still enlist in ROTC?

  • Unless your medical condition will actually hinder you from undergoing the physical aspects of training (e.g. crippled), you can still enlist. In fact, a lot of our alumni have had medical conditions ranging from asthma to obesity to heart problems while they were still under training.

I am not physically fit. Will I still excel in ROTC?

  • As long as you have the drive to excel, you can get a high grade in ROTC. Many of our cadets who got a 1.0 grade did not start off with the perfect athletic body.

I have a lot of phobias, such as acrophobia (fear of heights). They might hinder me from learning skills in ROTC. Will I still excel in ROTC?

  • Enlisting in ROTC is the perfect chance for you to conquer that fear.

How can I enlist in ROTC?

  • Enlistment in ROTC follows the same procedure as enlistment in other subjects.  FOR MORE INFO ON ENLISTING IN ROTC, CLICK HERE

Why should I take up ROTC?

  • ROTC is one of the best leadership and adventure training courses in the University that essentially teaches practical life skills. It is able to develop discipline, build character, and hone the potentials of every cadet. It is an opportunity to lead and make a difference.