AROTC beginning application date

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  1. Ice64

    Ice64 Member

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    The goarmy website lists the beginning date for rotc applications for the year 2015-2016 as June 12,2014. I was thinking that in the past the beginning date was in February. Was the date pushed back to June, or am I mistaken in my thoughts that it was earlier in the past? I was hoping to get the process stated already with DS #2.
     
  2. armydaughter

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    It was definitely earlier in the past. I was doing the same as you, checking it out for DS#2, and came here to SAF to see what the date was. I checked some old emails. My older son, high school class of 2013 was already getting emails asking for more information in May of 2012. His application must have been opened some time before then. I'm not sure about last year. :confused:
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    It was pushed back this year...actually, this is a good thing. February was too soon to start. June is just right.
     
  4. armydaughter

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    The only concern I have with June application opening is that school is already out. That means that things like counselor's review of extracurriculars and transcript requests won't be dealt with by the high school until fall. That makes a very tight turnaround to get everything in for the first board (assuming the board dates and cut offs stay the same). Doing those requests before school lets out for the summer was a big help for DS #1 since the counselor hadn't been swamped yet by fall university applications.


    (we also have the problem of needing to bribe and cajole the football coaches - who are the PE teachers - to administer the fitness test - not an easy task during football season. But that's not a widespread problem, just one at our little school)
     
  5. Renegade13

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    Is there anything that says that the PE coaches can not administer the test before the submission date opens? I am relatively new and can take the test in May, the only thing the football coach will have to do in season, or over the summer is to verify through email which takes about 2 minutes.

    Can some one tell me if it is a regulatory requirement to take the test after the application submission date opens?

    Thank yuo for your help.
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Find someone else to administer the test if the football coaches can't handle the job, and if your guidance office can't turn around transcripts in a month then there is a problem (remember to scan and upload, don't mail or fax).

    As opposed to when applicants could start in April and their transcripts needed to be updated because the didn't have second semester junior year, and because they started the process so early they lost interested or forgot their password or.....

    No...I'm betting June is just the right time to open the window. Trust me, I've seen this rodeo once or twice.
     
  7. armydaughter

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    I really understand why this is a good thing from the ROTC point of view. But it does create a disadvantage to students who live in states where school is out earlier and/or have smaller school administration staff. We have one counselor for all of the juniors and seniors. His minimum stated turnaround time is 3 weeks and he doesn't work during the summer months.

    I did this "rodeo" once before too with my older son and had a heck of a time getting the counselor to send everything in a timely manner, even with a good head start. It's possible to get it all done in a month but it will be tight.

    As for the fitness test, maybe I am confusing it with the CFA but doesn't it have to be a PE teacher? For us, that means football coach. If it can be another person, such a non-PE teacher who happens to be a coach, we have more options.
     
  8. ca2midwestmom

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    The AROTC PFA can be administered by a non-PE teacher coach. My DS's swim coach (also an English teacher, but not a PE teacher) administered his.

    The CFA for the SAs has to be done by a PE teacher (not coach).
     
  9. armydaughter

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    Thanks. DS #1 did both (academy and ROTC applications) so I must have mixed them up. :redface: That really helps. DS #2's cross country coach (who is neither a teacher nor a PE teacher but on staff at the school) would be a good one to administer it.

    BTW, I am not trying to be argumentative. I just wanted to comment that narrowing the window has some implications that make the process harder for certain groups of students. Now, I am sure that the good gained outweighs the bad but it's still a valid concern, if a purely selfish one. :smile:
     
  10. meh126

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    DS's guidance counselor wasn't the quickest with the turn around either but we discovered an administrative assistant at the school who was able to work miracles. Usually the counselors and staff are back in the HS several weeks before school starts in the fall, is it possible you could make an appointment this year, before school gets out, for next fall? Especially if you explained the circumstances. Also, DS had his PFA done by an officer at the local National Guard unit. Good luck!
     
  11. armydaughter

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    I'm sure there's a way to get it done. It just means a little more work for mom. :rolleyes: (they won't make an appointment with son before school lets out but they will with a parent who makes enough of a fuss). I was hoping for easier this time around since it's not all new to us. LOL
     

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