AFROTC School

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  1. Packer

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    I understand that AFROTC lets you use a scholarship at any school with an AFROTC detachment. Given that, what is the purpose of listing three school choices on the AFROTC scholarship application?
     
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    So they know where your interest is. I'm currently filling out my AFROTC application, and I put down a few schools; I got an e-mail a day later from the admissions officer at the detachment of the school I'm most interested in. He was notified that I put down said school, and wanted to introduce himself, and answer any questions about the detachment, school, ect.
     
  3. Pima

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    Actually, there is another reason why, and it is not for them to contact you, but for actual manpower needs.

    It takes about 6 months to PCS AD members. This allows them to see if one college is getting a higher amount of requests that they may need to open another position at that college. Conversely if another school is not as demanded compared to yrs before they will downsize the personnel from there.
     
  4. Packer

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    Thanks. The man power issue makes sense.

    Does fitting the scholarship type to the school come into play? For example if a kid has all state schools on his choices a type 1 scholarship is not necessary or if all choices are high dollar ivy type schools a type 7 may not be a great fit.

    Can a scholarship be activated at a school that was not listed on the application?
     
  5. Pima

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    NO, the school cost is not put into play when awarding scholarships.

    Intended major and Whole Candidate Score (WCS) is the basis regarding how scholarships are awarded. Understand that it is done on a national level, so you will be competing against everyone, not just the candidate who wants to go to your school choice.

    AFROTC does not care if University A has 100% on scholarship while College B has 0%.

    I am a little confused on the 2nd question, because that is where it gets tricky. For example, GMU does not have an AFROTC det., the cadets must travel to UMDCP for ROTC, however you can be on scholarship at GMU. This is commonly referred to x-town ROTC.

    X-town is doable, but you really need to think about it when selecting colleges. UMDCP has cadets coming from WV due to the fact that it is the closest host unit. It is even a bigger deal in metropolitan areas due to traffic. In DC area (MD/NoVA) it can take 45 minutes to an hour to travel 20 miles at 6:00 in the morning. PT is done O'dark thirty. For cadets that have to be there at 6, it means they leave at 5-5:15, and get up at 4:30 in the morning. NOT FUN!

    Additionally host units traditionally have military fraternities and cadets are known to have social nights or hang in their lounges between classes. At DS's they have 3 military fraternities, they have weekly meetings from 6-9 at night once a week. These meetings do not occur on GMC night. That would mean if you want to be involved in the det., you now have 2 nights of traveling, plus ROTC days. It becomes difficult to juggle for 4 yrs, especially if you don't have a car for transportation you may not get that feel of camaraderie like cadets that at are at the host college.

    OBTW a type 7 cannot work for high dollar IVY since they are capped at IS tuition rates, or something like 9K tuition, I am not sure on the actual dollar amount, but the fact is that is why Type 7 4 yr convert to Type 2 3 yr. Type 7 does not allow you to make up the tuition difference, Type 2 does allow it.
     
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  6. Packer

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    Let me clarify.

    If applicant lists VTech, Texas A&M and VMI on AFROTC application in June 2011 and was awarded a Type 2 but by May of 2012 has decided would prefer to go to Colorado State, can the applicant activate the scholarship at Colorado State? All schools listed have AFROTC detachments. Assume applicant was accepted to all of the schools.
     
  7. Pima

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    The easiest way to explain the difference between AFROTC scholarships and A/NROTC scholarships is that AFROTC will be tied to the cadet (majors). A/NROTC is tied to the school and the cadet.

    The candidate will receive a letter and it will say CONGRATULATIONS you have been awarded a Type X scholarship. It does not say to Y college. That is the reason you will hear AFROTC posters say it is transferable. It is also why you never see threads regarding AFROTC cadets getting a scholarship to a school, but rejected by the school and now scrambling to get their school.


    As long as the school accepts AFROTC scholarships you can implement it even if it wasn't on the list. If I recall AFROTC only asks for 3 schools, realistically most kids apply to many more than that.

    One thing to understand is that the DOD budget will be severely hit this yr., so just because last yr it wasn't a player doesn't mean that will be true in the future. Things change, and they can change quickly.
     
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    Pima, Thanks that is what I thought but was not quite sure.

    Quite true!
     

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