AROTC scholarship award

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  1. DartFrogLover

    DartFrogLover Member

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    Hello,

    My son just recived this in his file last week:

    You have been offered an Army ROTC Scholarship. We must receive your acceptance/declination by the date in your letter or the offer will be withdrawn. Your name will be sent to DODMERB the day your winner letter is printed. There will be about 72 workweek hours prior to being able to see your name in the DODMERB system. If you have already had a DODMERB physical performed, Cadet Command will request that information from DODMERB. If you have not taken a DODMERB physical, Cadet Command will submit your information to DODMERB who will notify you to schedule a physical.

    We are so happy for him!!! My question is: How long does it take to receive the letter in the mail? We have been waiting almost a week now. Appreciate you help. Colleen
     
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    Congrats! About three days if you are in the midwest, add two more for both coasts.

    You can call the PMS/ROO at the schools listed on the application to find out which school/s the scholarship is awarded to, and a mostly correct answer about whether it is a 4 yr. or a 3 Yr. Advanced Designee type.
     
  3. DartFrogLover

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    Then that should be anytime now as we live on the West Coast (Ventura, California)!! With the holiday in there, we are hoping tomorrow. Thank you for the info and the congrats. This is very exciting for all of us!!
     
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    That's great. Does your status portal tell you which school/s your scholarship may be applied to? If not, what are the schools you listed on the app?

    Your letter from Cadet Command will detail the school/s and whether 3 Yr. Advanced Designee, or 4 Yr., and what Academic Disipline Mix the scholarship is good for.

    http://www.uccs.edu/~armyrotc/docs/ADM List.doc
     
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    Just for information's sake, could you post the date that is listed on the letter as the date your son needs to accept/decline the scholarship. It would be interesting to know because almost all the official letters for scholarship awards from the Jan. Board were sent out long ago and had a deadline date of Feb. 29th. That date would be pushing it a bit if you are just now receiving the letter. Let us know if theuyhave given your son a later deadline date.

    Congratulations to your son.
     
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    I just a scholarship letter dated Feb. 16, and my deadline is March 17, so I guess they extended it for the few later offers
     
  7. DartFrogLover

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    So my son received supposedly a 3 year AD scholarship to in-state public. Would this mean that the scholarship does not take effect until Sophomore Year and what does my son do for his first year? I have heard of the SMP program but would that be a better option if the school's program (engineering) requires 5 years to complete?
     
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    We had not received anything in the mail as of today, so I made a call to a person that gave his phone # to my son. I told them it had been over a week since we received confirmation on his file that he was accepted (read my first post). The gal actually e-mailed me all the information including the letter!! Awesome, as we think it possibly got lost. This letter is dated today, February 23, 2012. He has until March 24th . We were under the impression that he was getting a full 4 year scholarship. The letter says 3 year AD. So, does this mean that we pay for his freshman year and then this kicks in? No money at all from the AROTC scholarship? Thanks for your input!!!! Colleen
     
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    My son got his first choice, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA. Please explain the 3 year Advanced Designee (AD) Thanks, Colleen
     
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    Yes. Your understanding is correct. You will have to foot the bill for freshman year. There will be no money from ROTC until he contracts sophmore year. Of course that assumes that nothing happens physically so he would be unable to contract. He will also need to be on his best behavior. If he gets himself into any trouble he may also become ineligible. Sorry to deliver the negative news. On the plus side he got a scholarship. Many do not.

    Good luck!
     
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    Yep!! It is still a awesome deal!! With our income and applying for grants,etc. Cal Poly SLO is not too expensive ($20,000.00 including books). Now we need to get on the ball and talk with the school. Pretty sure we can handle the first year. BTW, when talking to the gal on the phone today, she told me that there were over 10,000 applicants (Army) and only 2,000 will receive scholarships. Budget cuts for sure.
    Thank you for the info :thumb: Colleen
     
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    Congratulations! My daughter is an MSII at Cal Poly. She loves the ROTC program and the school.
     
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    That is great to hear. We have heard nothing but great things about SLO. And the location is only a few hours away. Thanks for posting!!!
     
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    Forgot to ask you. Did she get a 3 year scholarship? OR a 4 year?
     
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    or no scholarship. The vast majority of MSI and MSII participants in ROTC are not on scholarship.
     
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    OH!! Sorry for my ignorance then, but what is a MSI and MSII participant?
     
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    MSI and MSII etc. are indicators of what school year the cadet is in. Cadets can be on scholarship, or can be College Programmers who are enrolled in the program without the scholarship. Aside having/not having the scholarship there is no difference between the cadets. All are treated the same and given the same opportunities. The vast majority of cadets are College Programmers and do not have a scholarship.
     
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    DartFrogLover -- Well, it basically means there are a lot of 18 and 19 year olds who are willing to participate in ROTC, to become a cadet - Officer in training, with no financial benefit while in college! They do everything Scholarship cadets do, without the monetary assistance, either b/c they did not apply in time, didn't know about the scholarships, or applied and were not awarded a scholarship.

    MSI means first year, Basic Course, ROTC cadet. This means one hour of Class, 2.5 hours of Lab, and Physical Traning either 2,3, or 4 mornings per week, but no scholarship, no book $, no Stipend. ROTC books, uniform, boots, etc. are provided free of charge. About 80% of MSIs are not scholarship cadets.

    MSII means 2nd year, Basic Course cadet with the same time commitments as an MSI. About 60% of MSIIs are not scholarship... a few MSIs have dropped out at this point either b/c they didn't like ROTC, or they failed to secure an in-college scholarship award.

    A non-scholarship MSII must receive Brigade approval at the end of the MSII year to continue into the Advanced Course as an MSIII at the beginning of the Junior Year, and sign a Non-scholarship Cadet Contract. http://www.rotc.pitt.edu/forms/da597.pdf
    This contract commits the Army to train this non-scholarship cadet to become an Officer in the Active Duty Army, Reserves, or National Guard. It also commits the cadet to commission as an Officer, with 4 yrs. Active Duty as a minimum, or 8 Years Reserves or Guard, and failing to qualify for any of those three options (grades, physical fitness, conduct) to enlist, at the discretion of the Army. At this point the non-scholarship, contracted MSIII cadet in Advanced Course gets the monthly stipend, but no Academic or Book money, unless the cadet is awarded a Scholarship later.
     
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    Thank you both for these very helpful answers!!! I had no idea that their were many programs like the one you wrote about. After reading these posts and my family going over the scholarship papers last night about our sons commitment to the 4 year scholarship (3 year AD), we are finally understanding the process. My next question if you don't mind is: My son his first year (freshman) will not receive the tuition scholarship, nor the subsistence allowance,etc. but still needs to participate like your daughter is doing now, right? Does he wear a uniform or some type of army attire when they meet? If he does, do they pay for the uniforms? Appreciate your input!!! Colleen
     
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    Yes, your son will participate fully his freshman year but without the scholarship. They are issued uniforms, etc. at their units Orientation (or whenever they report to the unit). They will wear their uniform at least one day a week when in classes etc. This is also usually the day they have their Army/Navy/Air Force Lab. He will be up at 0'Dark:30 for PT 3, 4, or 5 days a week (normally 3 unless placed on remedial PT because he isn't hitting his fitness numbers). He will attend Navy/Military Science classes. He will have to pass a PT test once a semester, and there are also usually monthly "inventory" PT tests in preparation for the one that counts. He will be expected to participate in other unit activities (drill team, etc). ROTC will keep him very busy. He will also be given responsibilities and leadership posts within his unit, perhaps as early as second semester of freshman year. He'll get to do ruck marches and get to run, run, run. And oh yeah, he will learn time management out of necessity... and will generally not be wasting the day in bed. He'll also bond with some incredible friends who will always have his back. He'll love it!
     

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