Army Foreign Language (Area?) Scholarship

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  1. uwknight

    uwknight Member

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    Ok my DS and I have been reading this forum to have a better understanding of what to expect and we have received some great advice. Is there anyone on this board who is attending one of the Flagship Language universities (studying Arabic, Turkish, etc...) and can speak to their experience? For instance our understanding is that the language is intensive and requires summer school, study overseas for a summer and then a capstone 5th year. How does the Army fit in summer training with education, would be an unknown for us.
     
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    They love the critical language thing and there are rewards, both monetary and in terms of one's Order of Merit, for efforts in that direction. But, they also love airborne, infantry, armor etc. Whatever the Cadet's particular passion--and I am speaking about Army ROTC--there are opportunities and rewards to develop skills and training pertinent to the Army's mission.

    I know nothing about the Flagship Language system. My son studied Russian in Kiev, Ukraine under an ROTC supported program called Project GO. It was intensive but not really immersion.

    Stretching college to a fifth year for an ROTC scholarship cadet is extremely rare.

    I think your best bet is to ask the Flagship Language folks what if any experience they have with ROTC cadets/mids.
     
  3. uwknight

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    Thanks cb7893. We have had a chance to talk to both Flagship Universities and sat down with Air Force ROTC cadets. Just trying to understand it more from the army standpoint especially in light of CIET. Hoping to hear experiences from Army cadets who are going through the program, to have a better understanding of what to expect and how to plan for the upcoming years.
     
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    My two cents, and that's probably greater than it is worth, is DS experience at his school. Not sure what a Flagship college is, but he does attend a top tier private college and is in his fourth semester of Arabic (not my choice for him, mind you?!).
    He does get a bit of an extra boost in his ROTC stipend (I believe the same holds true if you study Russian, or it did two years ago when he choose his language) which perhaps was part of the motivation to a broke college student.
    He has actually enjoyed the course, most particularly because of the professor, but what comes of his "Hello" and "Nice to meet you" is left to be seen...
     
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    Actually language majors are just a tier one major for the Army, meaning the most points you can get is a 96 vs a 100 for a tier 4 on the new OML model. Also, they have quit paying cadets extra for foreign language classes (CLIP), last fall was the last semester they got paid.
     

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