AROTC - Didn't know THIS was possible!!

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  1. kar57

    kar57 Member

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    Yesterday DS received a completely unexpected letter from the AROTC battalion in the in state school at which he was offered a 3 year AD scholarship back in April! Yesterday's letter says, "You have been selected to receive a 1-year In-State Tuition Only Scholarship effective Autumn Semester 2012." Holy cats!!! Didn't even know that was possible - what a crazy crazy surprise!! Does this mean that what once was a 3 year AROTC scholarship has now turned into a 4 year one?! Kind of a hybrid deal, the first year from the school battalion, and sophomore through senior year the national award?! DS's journey has been chockful of surprises - some decidedly unpleasant and some quite awesome!! I'd definitely say this was an awesome surprise!!
     
  2. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    Friends of mine who work in ROTC battalions have told me of this. Not sure if this is the case in this situation, but ROTC battalions can wrap around national scholarships.
     
  3. leapyear

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    That's a great surprise, but since the letter states "tuition only," and the additional award does not appear to include the stipend and the book allowance, I don't think you could really characterize it as turning the 3 year AD into a 4 year. Still, it's more than you were expecting, which is always a good thing! I would also assume that your son's date of contracting would still be in the Fall of his sophomore year, as per the 3AD award, but that might be worth confirming. Congrats.
     
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    Wow, that's fantastic! Encouraging to hear people are still getting good news.
     
  5. paradoxer

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    Nice Surprise

    Similar situation last year but was made aware of the possibility during a campus visit. If awarded a 3yr AD the school would cover the tuition/fees for the first year. Plus school had a book award for early depositors. So no stipend but still about 20K in blessings.

    Congratulations!
     
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    Has your son confirmed his USNA Fonudation Acceptance, I was just curious how that all worked out for him.
     
  7. kar57

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    YES - USNA Foundation/NMMI accepted! (AROTC too...for now)

    DS has accepted the USNA Foundation Scholarship and will be attending NMMI for his sponsored prep year (2012-2013).:shake: In addition, DS, upon the advice and guidance of the ROO at THE OSU, has accepted the 3 yr. AD AROTC scholarship – even after the telephone conversation with him about the implications to others who may be on a waiting list (our concern) in light of the pending Foundation scholarship/sponsorship confirmation. Evidently in this case, it’s a win-win-win situation –:thumb:
    Win #1 - DS has a “safety net” – a school (The OSU) and an officer commissioning program (AROTC) are confirmed right up to the first day of class at The OSU (his non-attendance on that day will then make him ineligible for the award); :thumb:
    Win #2 - The school’s battalion (as of the May 10th acceptance/declination deadline) possesses the 3 yr National scholarship assigned to it as per DS’s school choice decision on the AROTC 3 yr. acceptance form; :thumb:
    Win #3 - A hardworking, competitive, promising non-scholarship OSU Freshman AROTC cadet (DS if he’s there and if he’s not, another young person) will be awarded that 3 yr scholarship by the battalion next spring! :thumb:

    Either we have encountered a most magnanimous individual (the ROO) or this is how the Army typically handles these situations! Either way, we are one family who is very impressed with the AROTC processes and procedures. It seems that being honest, even if it’s something one might think the Army doesn’t want to hear – like “commissioning as a Naval Officer is my goal,” the honest approach they appreciate – and speak candidly to! As a matter of fact, it was the same ROO who advised DS to accept the 3 year during the phone conversation over a week ago who'd written the letter DS received a couple days ago congratulating him on being offered the battalion-based freshman year tuition only AROTC scholarship!

    I tell you what – DS’s journey, no—check that, the journeys the 4 military kids in this family have taken over the years have been full to the brim with adventures and surprises – some awesome surprises and some awful– but we’ve learned and grown and benefitted from ALL of it! :smile:

    I thank my lucky stars, I thank God above, for my kids, for all kids who are currently serving, for all who are in training to serve, for all who are about to set out on the military journey. And for all veterans, young and old, those still with us and those who have departed, a heartfelt THANK YOU. I hope everyone on this forum has a Happy and Safe Memorial Day weekend! You guys are the best!

    Signed, Proud Mom of
    Military kids:
    DD - USNA grad ‘09, Marine Lt., 1 deployment to Afghanistan, stationed in Camp Lejeune, married to …
    DS-I-L - USNA grad ‘08, Navy SEAL, multiple deployments

    DS - USNA applicant, congressional nominee, OSU Class of ’14 – Civil Engineering, NROTC –Marine option college programmer ’10-‘11 , PLC Marine program ’12 – ’14 (to be commissioned at OSU ’14 graduation)

    DS - USNA applicant, congressional nominee, USAF applicant, NROTC –Navy option applicant, AFROTC applicant, AROTC 3 yr. recipient, USNA Foundation recipient, NMMI sponsored prep for USNA Class of ‘17

    Non-military kids:
    DS – U of Illinois grad ’06, Special Education High School teacher, track coach in Illinois
    DS – high school sophomore, Varsity baseball manager, has Down syndrome
    DS – 8th grader, techno- gadgetry wizard, also has Down syndrome (we adopted him in infancy)

    And Proud Daughter of
    Military parents:
    My mother and father are both WWII enlisted Army veterans (they met while serving and married in ’45). They moved in with us in ’08 as Dad had later stage Alzheimer’s and Mom, bedridden for awhile, couldn’t live on their own anymore. He passed away in ’10, just days before DD was deployed. Mom , 91, still is with us and recalls her WAC days with clarity and quite a bit of fondness.

    P.S. Life is a whirlwind – exciting and something new blowing through on a daily basis! Happy Memorial Day All!:smile:
     
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