Accepted 4-year Scholarship to NROTC, Unit, and School: What Happens Next?

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  1. BLUF

    BLUF Member

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    DS has accepted his offers, what should we expect next from the Navy and school. He is DODMERB qualified. Should he expect phone calls or packets explaining what he needs to do between now and start of school? I suspect they are holding off until his final transcripts are provided. I do not want to ask my son to start calling the ROTC Unit and School to understand the process until he is finished with exams.
     
  2. k2rider

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    I'm sure every school is different but with my daughter's school, they called and sent out information, mostly via the school email account that I'm sure your son will be assigned. For both my daughter and son, they actually had an ROTC meeting over orientation weekend before school even started.

    I'll tell you this, have your son come in at the highest level of fitness and be ready to hit the ground running. PT seems to be the #1 issue people are getting kicked to the curb on this past year. My guess there are too many qualified candidates so they aren't putting up with people who can't pass the PT test, which by the way, is ridiculously simple.
     
  3. BLUF

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    Fitness should not be a problem for DS

    He is a year round athlete cross-country and rowing. He will be putting more emphasis on distance running and pull-ups in the next couple of months. I think he is going to be running with a 4x4. VMI likes to run with M-14's. In two months he starts VMI's summer transition program, more PT. Home for 3 weeks then start of matriculation. Not a lot of time to plan and he will only be home sporadically over the next four years, spending his summers with the Navy.

    He is planning on getting his passport renewed, although he most likely will not need it until next summer. I will make copies of his important papers (Health Card, Birth Certificate, etc), in case he is required to provide copies or proof of insurance. VMI has a list of clothing, bedding, and storage containers that are recommended. 42 pairs of socks!!! A lot of shopping in a short period of time. I cannot think of what else may be needed that has a long lead time other than sorting out the total amount owed less the scholarship amount.

    MANDATORY ITEMS
    18 Underwear (minimum number) - must be white
    10 Women - Sports bras (5) and regular bras (5) - must be white
    18 Men & Women White crew neck t-shirts only. V-neck or tank-top undershirts are not
    authorized
    14 Pairs (minimum) of plain white, ankle-length or crew length athletic socks with no visible logos
    18 Pairs (minimum) of plain black dress socks to be worn with low quarter shoes
    10 Pairs (minimum) of long (over the calf) black boot/hiking socks to be worn with combat boots – see page 12
    2 Pairs of running shoes (Asics, Brooks, Nike, or Reebok are recommended), predominantly white or black (no fluorescent soles or laces) – see picture on page 12
    6 Plain white bath towels (minimum)
    6 Plain white wash cloths (minimum)
    1 Blanket, quilt or comforter (dark solid color), twin size, extra long
    6 Twin XL white flat sheets (no elastic)
    2 White pillow cases (twin or king)
    1 White pillow (twin or king to fit pillow cases above)
    1 Swimsuit (conservative one piece)/traditional swim trunks (not jammers) - navy or black
    1 Rubber thong sandals (for showering) – see page 12
    1 Mouth guard (for boxing class)*
    2 Sunscreen (tube or bottle)*
    1 Black hydration pack without external compartments (70 oz.; i.e., Camelbak, Blackhawk or equivalent) – see page 12
    *May be purchased in the bookstore
    OPTIONAL ITEMS
    5 Pairs of compression/support knee-high nylons (helps prevent blisters when worn under socks)
    4 Compression shorts (reduces chafing) - black – see page 12
    1 Small duffle bag for overnight Corps trips*
    1 Small fan 12”-16”* (since Barracks rooms are not air conditioned)
    1 Study lamp* (black, goose neck 18” maximum height), fluorescent-style or traditional style with compact fluorescent lamps
    1 Watch
    1 Alarm clock*
    1 Calculator* (scientific or graphing)
    1 Civilian clothes outfit for furlough (collared shirt/khakis)
    1 iron and small ironing board (only one per room)
    1 lock box
    ITEMS THAT MAY BE PURCHASED AT VMI

    1 VMI book/computer bag - black soft brief case style computer bag; not a backpack (optional)


    PERSONAL ITEMS YOU MUST BRING
    Tooth Brush*(es) Body/Foot powder/shoe spray*
    Toothpaste* Shaving razor*(s)
    Chap Stick* Shampoo & Conditioner*
    Small packages of tissues* Body soap*
    Medication (if required) Deodorant*
    Shaving Cream* Moleskin* (type of bandage)
    Band-aides* Tissues* (box)
    Antibiotic Cream* *May be purchased in the bookstore


    ACADEMIC SUPPLIES YOU SHOULD BRING
    Pens* Notebooks*
    Pencils* Binders*
    Paper* Folders*
    Flash drives* Laptop Computer* (no desktop) or IPAD

    *May be purchased in the bookstore


    PROHIBITED ITEMS - DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS – THEY WILL BE CONFISCATED

    Weapons of any type Knives of any type
    Electrical equipment and appliances (including microwave ovens, hot pots, heating elements, etc.)
    Plants and pets
    Flammable materials including candles, fireworks, incense, etc. TVs or any other type of entertainment media
    Alcohol, illegal drugs or associated paraphernalia

    THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR RATS UNTIL AFTER BREAKOUT:

    Cell Phones Electric razors, DVDs, CDs, computer games, iPods or similar devices, & MP3 players Computer speakers

    Transition lens in eye glasses
    Clothing with emblems/logos, to include socks, underwear, t-shirts, linens, and towels
     

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