Applying for ROTC after Dec 1st

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  1. Chas3down

    Chas3down New Member

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    So, I am looking to apply for AFROTC, but it is after Dec 1st. I know I am not eligible for scholarships, but can I still apply for ROTC?
     
  2. Pima

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    When you register for your fall classes, you just register for AFROTC at that point. You don't per se apply.
     
  3. kinnem

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    You should also contact the school you plan on attending, at least as a courtesy. That way they know you are coming and can send you any AFROTC freshman orientation information. Also, I'm sure you'll need to have your doctor complete a physical. If you sign up for classes well in advance of the start of school then that should trigger this whole process, but I'd rather you were informed and I didn't make any assumptions.... so contact the unit at the college AND sign up for the AFROTC classes and labs.
     
  4. Pima

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    You can contact them, I would do it to coincide with the freshman open house in the spring for the matriculating incoming class. I would do it so you can meet some of the cadets and get a feel of the det. instead of walking in cold come Aug/Sept.

    If you don't go to the spring open, during your summer orientation, your class advisor will just enroll you and work your schedule so you can do AFROTC.

    Not all colleges have early reports for ROTC. At our DS's they had orientation for ROTC when the dorms opened up, and not before. DS was a scholarship recipient and he had to show up early for the school's scholar program, but not for AFROTC. He received info after he officially informed the college he was intending to be in AFROTC. College dets vary, so that is also a good reason to do a visit earlier.

    As far as medical, they will not be required anything more than what the college will require to attend. DoDMERB physicals are only good for 2 yrs. and it is at the expense of the AF. They don't want to waste that money until it is necessary, which is when they have been selected for either an IS scholarship or SFT.
     
  5. kinnem

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    There is no physical at all? DS had to have a physical from his physician (not a DoDMERB physical) just to assure them he was OK for participation. I figured all the services did that, don't they?
     
  6. Pima

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    Nope.

    All DS had to submit as a freshman was the physical the college requires. DS's school required a physical with current shot records 30 days prior to admissions. I recall it quite clearly because for his 1st 2 yrs at college, they made him submit vaccines to live in the dorms...1st yr it was mennococal (sp?), 2nd yr it was H1N1. To get the shots you need a physical, AFROTC did not ask for it. When he was selected for SFT. Even though he had a current DoDMERB as a scholarship recipient, we had to get another physical. Not DoDMERB, but the whole kaboodle, eyes, ears, shots, etc for AFROTC.

    When he was a C300 (POC) and selected for rated, was the 1st time AFROTC cared. He was flown out to OH (WRIGHT PAT) for a 3 day physical,, paid per diem, hotel, and airfare Everything from EKGs to dental was reviewed. He actually failed his EKG, along with 25% of the others. They than did an EEG. At the end they met with a flight surgeon for their :thumb: or :thumbdown:

    He was informed of the results 4 weeks later.

    I am only going into this detail because the OP was asking AFROTC. ROTC is unique to each branch, with unique requirements

    AFROTC and NROTC do play favorites for scholarships when it comes to majors compared to AROTC. Tech (STEM)

    AFROTC and NROTC has no Guard or Reserve option which AROTC allows.

    AROTC and NROTC tie the scholarship to the college, AFROTC doesn't.

    AROTC doesn't have the make or break yr like AF/NROTC.

    AFROTC does not require scholarship to attend summer training like NROTC, but they do require attendance.

    If you step back, each and every branch has a point that is life changing regarding career paths in the military.
     
  7. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    AFROTC requires you to have a pre-participatory document (apparently you have to sign it every semester because everyone was just asked to submit another one) and a physical on file in order to make sure you're up to participate, so it's not just NROTC. It's nothing outstanding, just whatever is required by you're home institution, but you do have to make sure that your det. gets it to put on your file before you can do PT. It's not required before you start ROTC, but my det. at least asks for it later on. Because I'm on scholarship, I'd already taken one and had my DoDMERB done so I was good. But the non-scholarship cadets were told at NSO, which was held in the summer before classes started, that they had to go and get one on file and then they had a later deadline (about a month and a half after the start of classes) for getting their DoDMERB stuff done.

    To the OP,
    Like they said above, you don't apply for ROTC, you just register for ROTC classes with your college's detachment. Go to their website to see when NSO is for the semester you'd be joining and what you'll need to bring to it, mine required transcripts, SAT scores, originals of my birth certificate and social security card, and a bunch of other stuff. Details of it probably won't be posted until the time comes closer.
     
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