AFROTC

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  1. justin777

    justin777 Member

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    I was just wondering....I sent everything in to the Air Force ROTC HQ and I was wondering what comes next? Do they mail me something from DODMERB and then i get reviewed by the scholarship committee? Or is it the other way around, I get the scholarship then i get my DODMERB? Im just really unclear how things work after you send all your initial application things in? I mean where does the interview with the PMS fit in to everything? Sorry for all teh questions, I just need some clarification.
     
  2. Pima

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    You will need the DodMerb to be performed prior to board review. It is a part of the packet since there is no reason to offer a scholarship to a candidate that is not medically qualified.

    Additionally, there is no thing called PMS, they are called ALOs. The ALO will interview prior to the packet being submitted. They will actually write a rec for your packet which is a part of your WCS.

    You need to clear the 1st hurdle by being qualified as a candidate. From there they will ask for more things to be submitted, and then that will become the official packet.

    Caveat: this is how the system worked in previous yrs.

    Caveat 2: You may see candidates being further down the path than you because many AFA candidates also apply for AFROTC. Their Dodmerb and ALO files will be duplicated for the ROTC board, thus the only thing that is truly different is they take a PFA instead of a CFA. This makes it a faster process on the whole than for those who are only applying for ROTC.

    AFA candidates traditionally have all of that done by the end of summer, and their fall is spent requesting noms. That allows the ALO to tell divert their attention to the ROTC candidate, since they have already submitted their recs to the AFA board by early Oct.

    Caveat 3: At this time, if you know of any medical issues, get that paperwork in order. DoDMerb is traditionally not done by your family doc unless your family doc is DodMerb certified. They will give you the option of a select few to have this performed by. If you are military, you can call DodMerb and ask them to change it to your military doc on base/post.

    You will have not only a check up, but this is head to toe and everywhere in between, I mean it is everywhere. If you try to hide a medical issue, they will find it. Don't hide it because it will put you behind the 8 ball for getting a waiver. If you know that you had asthma at 4, but no longer have it now, address it with MullenLe now. If you know that you have taken prescribed medicine for a chronic health issue, find out now if that is a waiver issue.
     
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  3. aglages

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    Pima: I believe you are confusing the AFA process with the AFROTC process. The way it works this year for AFROTC is:
    You are interviewed by your PMS before your package is reviewed by the scholarship board. This is usually scheduled by the PMS within 30 days of the application (and supporting documents) being received by the AFROTC HQ.
    If you are selected for an AFROTC scholarship then you are notified by DoDMERB of where/how to schedule your physical. Obviously you need to pass your DoDMERB physical (or get a waiver) to activate your scholarship.
    My understanding is that the ROTC programs switched to giving DoDMERB physicals after a scholarship was awarded a couple of years ago to save money.
    Good luck!
     
  4. Pima

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    That is why I placed CAVEAT 1 in there. Things change, and what was once the standard can quickly become days of old.

    I am still surprised that they meet the board for scholarship prior to Dodmerb, because it would seem like a waste of time, thus money since a candidate maybe not medically qualified and never knew it prior to the Dodmerb.
     
  5. aglages

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    Pima: It may be that ROTC has reached the point that the decrease in scholarships and increase in applicants has made the economics of waiting worthwhile. :wink:
     
  6. MullenLE

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    Justin777 - The correct procedure is: Once selected for an offer of a scholarship, AFROTC downloads the applicant core information to DoDMERB and DODMERB/Copncorde Inc contacts the applicant.:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for clarifying Larry. Your explanation is so much different than mine. How long after the "AFROTC downloads the applicant core information to DoDMERB" is it before the information is available on the DoDMERB site?
     
  8. MullenLE

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    The information is NOT available on the DoDMERB site until we review the exam results. The information is available on the DoDMETS site anywhere from 24-96 hrs after DoDMERB receives the downloaded information. The best solution for DoDMERB questions is to let me answer these. After 19 years of being the Deputy, I have some familiarity with the process:thumb:
     
  9. aglages

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    I have asked this question a number of times. I appreciate you posting an answer.
     
  10. justin777

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    thanks for clarifying! i was truly confused so thanks to all who answered!
     
  11. MullenLE

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    U R entirely welcome:thumb:
     

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