The University of Southern California's Reserve Officer Training Corps is growing. And that may be an understatement.
USC's Army ROTC has seen its enrollment more than double this school year, the Daily Trojan reports. The school's Navy and Air Force ROTCs have experienced similar jumps. Some suggested that the recent uptick in enrollment has a lot to do with the economic troubles facing the country.
"I'm sure a lot of it is because of the economy," USC's Navy ROTC Lt. Scott Carr tells the Daily Trojan. "And USC is an expensive school."
According to the report, both the Naval and Army ROTCs offer full-tuition scholarships. But the guaranteed job placement and management-level positions given to ROTC graduates may be the biggest draw during tough economic times.
"It's not unusual to find that in a recession, people will find job opportunities in the military to be more attractive," Michael Keane, assistant professor of finance, tells the Daily Trojan.