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 four branches of the U.S. Military for commissioning. Cadets who do not plan to commission will be enrolled in Army ROTC.
Cadets either planning to commission with the U.S. Army or not, are enrolled in AROTC. VMI AROTC has produced more Army generals than any other ROTC program in the United States.
VMI's AFROTC combat systems officer selection rate is consistently at or near 100%.
Cadets in VMI's NROTC commissioning track have many career options including the Navy's Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEALs) and the nuclear power program.
VMI's Marine-option NROTC cadets consistently have one of the highest graduation rates in the nation at Officer Candidates School.