AROTC for 5th year?

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  1. Roughrider

    Roughrider Member

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    Another probably dumb question about AROTC:

    If a cadet is majoring in a program that requires an additional year of study (meaning, for co-op program or some other part of the normal curriculum -- I'm not talking about needing a fifth year to finish for academic reasons, or because of the difficulty of getting into required classes, or taking a semester off for personal reasons), is he still eligible to commission out of ROTC?

    DS is trying to determine whether the bachelor's in industrial design program at U of Cincinnati, which has a 5 year curriculum (3.5 years of on-campus study, 1.5 of field work), is compatible with AROTC. We assume the scholarship, if there is one, would not apply to the 5th year.

    Thanks in advance,
    RR
     
  2. kinnem

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    I would call the unit at U of Cincinnati. Presumably they would know unless your DS is the only one who ever considered the program.
     
  3. Aglahad

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    It's not unheard of but be prepared to pay out of pockets or maybe incur a longer service obligation. My guess is leaning towards paying out of pocket.
     
  4. GoBlue1984

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    Never 'dumb,' just not yet asked and answered ...:eek:

    Engineering at UC has a large co-op centered program and very practical. It is also academically strong (Neil Armstrong taught there post NASA and until he eventually retired). Co-op rotations begin as soon as four semesters are complete. They also have a strong ROTC program with a lot of cadets. I have to believe that they accommodate the program somehow. As suggested I would contact the detachment and ask how this works with an ROTC scholarship.

    I don't know anything about the industrial design program however for engineering, UC is a good engineering school. Co-ops are with some of the biggest Fortune 500 company names you know and many students get hired by their co-op sponsor.
     
  5. kinnem

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    Co-op program

    Perhaps another good question to ask the unit or the school, besides whether or not its possible to do the program while doing ROTC, is what type of co-ops the ROTC cadets get? If I were a large Fortune 500 guy considering someone for a co-op, presumably for the purpose of checking him out, I'm not sure I would want to bring in someone who is already obligated after college. I don't know I wouldn't either. Seems like it's a topic worth investigating/considering.
     
  6. Roughrider

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    Thanks. folks. We'll ask the UC ROTC officials for more specifics, but if their engineering students do this routinely, I can't imagine they'd not be willing to work with an ID major. And very, very good point about the coop employer prospects, too.
     
  7. GoBlue1984

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    Please post what you find out

    I'm sure this will come up again!
     
  8. Roughrider

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    DS called the admissions office, who were unable to answer his question but here's what one of the engineering majors he found on Facebook or somewhere told him: they require 4 years of military science courses, and the 1st 2 years must be consecutive. This allows the cadets who are doing 5 year programs to decide which of their last 3 years they will not take MS classes. This guy doesn't know any industrial design majors (which I find surprising, as it's one of UC's most highly regarded programs) but the preferred strategy among his buddies is to postpone the MS classes in semesters during which they have the heaviest academic schedule or a long commute to their coop internship, or when they are on leave of absence from campus for coop or study abroad. That's all unconfirmed, but unless I lost something in translation (entirely possible) it makes sense.

    So many factors to consider. Thanks again,
    RR
     
  9. kinnem

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    Sounds reasonable, but it's still worth calling the cadre as opposed to the admissions office. No doubt the cadre will know more.
     

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