AROTC Branch abbreviations from Branch of Choice PDF

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  1. WinterHater

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    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Here you go: from your link:

    AV= Aviation
    IN= Infantry
    AR= Armor
    MS=Medical Service
    MI= Military Intelligence
    EN= Engineer
    MP=Military Police
    FI= Finance
    FA= Field Artillery
    SC=Signal Corps
    AD= Air Defense
    AG=Adjutant General
    QM= Quarter Master
    CM=Chemical
    OD= Ordinance
    TC= Transportation
     
  3. -Bull-

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    You could probably google it and find a list, but I'll help you out. Sorry, Bruno we posted at the same time.
    AR- Armor
    MI- Military Intelligence
    FA- Field Artillery
    EN- Engineers
    TC- Transportation
    QM- Quartermaster
    MS- Med Service
    NC- Nurse Corps
    MP- Military Police
    SC- Signal Corps
    OD- Ordnance
    AG- Adjutant General
    CM- Chemical Corps
     
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  4. WinterHater

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    Whats the difference ebtween EN and EN(D)?
     
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    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    You have to read the bottom of the slide- it's Engineer branch but those allocations were reserved for degreed Engineers only.
     
  6. scoutpilot

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    I would assume the D denotes a branch detail.
     
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    Got it. Thank you for your help.
     
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    Fixed. :biggrin:
     
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    Not to be too scrutinizing but..
    Nurse Corp-AN
    Medical Corps-MC
    Medical Specialists-SP....etc

    Pretty small branches but they still exist
     
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    I've highlighted the common term for the two that wouldn't be familiar at all to civilians. Also AD, Air Defense, is also referred to as Air Defense Artillery.

    Here is a helpful link https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ro/www/armyrotc/branches.pdf that gives a basic description of the 16 Branches available to all ROTC cadets, plus the Nurse Corps (well, for female cadets there are some restrictions on Infantry, Armor and ... one more (I think Field Artillery):
     
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    Aglahad -- this is off topic, but I was looking at the Branch Insignia. When I got to all the medical/nurse, I looked up where the pole with wings and two snakes came from... for Nurse Corps, as an example, here is the writeup: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/UniformedServices/Branches/Army_Medical.aspx from https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ro/www/armyrotc/branches.pdf

    So, not knowing where the "caduceus" -- the pole with wings/snakes -- came from, I looked that up in wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caduceus It actually says there that the caduceus is NOT a medical symbol at all, and that it has been mis-applied in the US to refer to medically related fields. It goes on to say the correct symbol for medical services is a pole with a single snake and no wings --,

    "The caduceus is sometimes mistakenly used as a symbol of medicine and/or medical practice, especially in North America, because of widespread confusion with the traditional medical symbol, the rod of Asclepius, which has only a single snake and no wings."

    So I looked up the rod of Asclepius, and sure enough it is a rod without wings, and a single, not double serpent, that is supposed to relate to the medical fields.

    Not that this makes any difference, but I found it interesting that somewhere way back in US history the wrong historical symbol was adopted my medical colleges, or whomever first used it, and then by the Army, to refer to the medical arts.
     
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    Interesting, I never knew the difference with the wings and snake. I guess I never really looked much into it, but now that I look back I am used to seeing just the snake in medical references. Woops army!
     
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    OP, an updated Accessions data powerpoint with the 2011 cohort included is here:

    http://www.purdue.edu/armyrotc/_f/currentcadets/accessions_briefing_11_apr_2011.pptx

    Page 20 is particularly interesting. Take a look at the the # who picked a branch as #1 choice vs. the mission for that branch... I have ordered the list by the % of "overage", that is the # cadets who had a Branch as 1st choice / the number of slots available in that Branch. For example, 65% more cadets requested Armor as first choice than there were slots available. On the flip side, 7 cadets picked Chemical as first choice, whereas there were 66 slots to fill. I had no idea Medical Services was so popular relative to the availability of slots, or that more cadets list Military Intelligence as their first choice, by far, than any other Branch.

    Branch /min. % unsat. / #allocated /#desiring 1st choice

    MS / 102% / 175 / 353
    AR / 65% / 142 / 234
    AV / 59% / 152 / 241
    MP / 44% / 99 / 143
    MI / 36% / 395 / 539
    IN / 32% / 352 / 464
    EN / 31% / 178 / 234
    SC / -12% / 275 / 242
    FI / -12% / 41 / 36
    AD / -22% / 83 / 65
    AG / -42% / 167 / 97
    FA / -53% / 234 / 110
    TC / -56% / 147 / 64
    QM / -67% / 183 / 60
    OD / -81% / 246 / 46
    CM / -89% / 66 / 7

    Which is somewhat confusing to me b/c I had thought that Infantry was the most over-requested Branch... apparently not even close, in terms of %.

    I also had not realized that Military Intelligence receives more ROTC commissioned 2LTs than any other Branch. This is I think a little misleading though since at least a third of those assigned to MI detail to one of the MFE Branches, especially Infantry. I suppose that makes a little sense... College, Intelligence ... unless you're George Carlin...old joke.
     
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