AFROTC Board Dates

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  1. ARS14

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    I received an email stating that my HSSP application was processed and that my interview is being scheduled. The email also provided the board and release dates for this year. If anybody is interested, the board dates are as follows:
    11/14/16 - 11/18/16, releases 11/23/16
    1/23/17 - 1/27/17, releases 2/10/17
    3/6/17 - 3/10/17, releases 3/24/17
    3/27/17 - 3/31/17, releases 4/14/17

    I hope this information helped anybody who is interested, and apologize if it was already posted.
     
  2. Pima

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    Wow, the 1st board is November this year?!?
    ~ That means to me every candidate applying needs to take their SAT/ACT no later than the October testing.

    Typically the 1st board is Dec., @ the same time (mid Dec, results @ Xmas). The Jan and Mar boards are typically around that time.

    The last board date (3/27) last year was their "re-boarding" board. IOWS, if not selected for the 1st time boarded, than you would have the chance to be picked up on that last board, but would not be looked at again for the 2nd and 3rd board. If not boarded before 1 of the 3 boards, than you would not be boarded at that final board. The final was for only those that met the 1st 3 and were not awarded a scholarship for 1 of those 1st 3.
    ~ IOWS it is not really a 4th board. I would call it a waitlist board.

    Every year they tweak the system. I would strongly suggest that you talk to a PMS regarding hat last board to see if it is open to everyone or just those that were placed into the reboard pool.

    Caveat: This is just what I recall and could be 1000% incorrect regarding how the last board worked last year.
     
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    The 1st board being December and results being near Christmas was my previous understanding as well, so I was surprised to see that portion of the email. I figured it would be a help to other applicants if it was made known to them.
    That being said, I have my interview scheduled for the end of this month. I know this is speculation, but is it likely I will meet the first board, or is it possible it is already full with people who have their packages already submitted?
     
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    If that first board is already full I can't even fathom how fast those people got in their applications. Like you my DS accomplished his application and PF quite quickly. He interviews today. I would hope he is early enough to make a board in November.
     
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    Good luck to your DS! Given his initiative, I'm sure he will have no problem with the interview.
     
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    WOW...agree that first board is early. Good luck to all those that have completed their packages....and hoping those that havent will appreciate this knowledge.
     
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    What date do packages need to be submitted to make the first board?
     
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    I am also curious to know when applications need to be complete for the first board. I didn't realize that they can actually fill up prior to the actual board date.
    Thanks!
     
  9. Pima

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    Boards do fill up because it is a limited time frame that they meet. Thus, if they have 2000 on the pile and get through 1850. #1851-2000 will be on the top of the pile to meet the next board.

    Now, that being said.HQ AFROTC knows historically how many will be board ready by that date, and in turn have enough officers sent TDY to Maxwell to get through the pool.

    I have seen people here get their files submitted a week before and still get boarded.

    Just my opinion, but submit the best package, instead of submitting 1st. 1st boards are not necessarily your best option because of how the last few years have worked. Years ago they would do what posters here call re-boarding. If not selected on the 1st, than they would review again and again until the last board. Looking at these board dates it appears they are keep with their new system. If not awarded a scholarship on your 1st shot, you will get 1 of 2 notifications.
    1. Sorry, but for FY17 we will not be offering you a scholarship...end of game,
    2. At this time we have not made a decision. We will re-board you Mar 27th.

    First boards typically are for those that without a doubt will get a scholarship no matter how many submit for the later boards. It is usually a smaller amount than let's say the Jan. Mainly because they also want to see a larger pool size for anyone on the cusp level. Hence, if your SAT or ACT best sitting for Oct. will not be there for the Nov. board, you might want to re-think trying to meet the Nov. board and go for Jan.
    ~ IOWS if you are still in that 27/28 best sitting ACT, than decide which path you want to go down.

    Good luck.
     
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    DS has a 31 act right now. He takes it again September 10th and results will be about 2 weeks later. Am I correct that he can submit everything as soon as all is completed (needs to go the PFA and interview still) then update it later in September?
     
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    Yes, you submit as you go. However, everything needs to be submitted to be boarded. I/E. If the interview is not submitted than he can''t board.

    Also know that the only thing they will allow to update is a new ACT/SAT score. They do not care about what he has his SR yr be it EC, curriculum or cgpa.
    ~ This is why impo they can move the dates up since they only take into consideration what you did through the end of your junior year. The PFA aka AFA is a one shot deal. See above on why it can be to your advantage to wait. Poor PFA score and ding you too.

    A 31 is strong, but again is that a best sitting or a superscore? Is he going tech or non-tech? Does he have a ton of ECs/sports or very few? No need to reply. I am just saying that if he is looking for a type 1 or 2 and 31 is his best sitting, wanting non-tech, than he is going to need to hit the other portions out of the ball park.
    ~ Type 1 and 2 make up @20% of all of the scholarships awarded nationally. Number wise, you are talking about 200 on a good day, and they will board over 5K candidates.

    Scholarship wise @16-18% of applicants are awarded a scholarship. 80% are type 7. 85% of all scholarships are tech majors. The same is true as far as I know for A/NROTC regarding the chance. 16-18% get a scholarship. NROTC is like AFROTC, unlike AROTC, where the majority go to STEM/tech majors.
    ~ You will find that scholarship recipients are the minority at any ROTC det.
     
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    31 was best sitting and he's looking at an engineering major. Varsity baseball, works, volunteers, national honors society, DECA business club...I believe he will do well on his PFA too. Ranks 5th in his class of over 400 students. I believe he is a strong candidate but we know it's super competitive. He also received the Dwight D Eisenhower leadership award. I've is applying for both AFROTC and Army ROTC.
     

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