Benefits of Large vs Small ROTC unit?

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  1. Scb24

    Scb24 Member

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    I am a high school senior and I am hoping to join ROTC next year. I have already applied for the scholarship. I really fell in love with two different schools, one has 80 cadets, the other has something like 200+. I slightly prefer the large school the the smaller one but I know that cadre ranking is very important for branching. I was just wondering if I would fall through the cracks and never make an impression with my cadre. Branch of choice is really important to me as I am hoping to go infantry.
     
  2. AROTC-NRH

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    I am in a similar situation, my school of choice is a smaller ROTC BN, but there is also another school with a larger battalion that is recruiting me very hard and I think I would fit in there. Personally, I am planning on choosing the smaller school. In my opinion it is better to stick out in a smaller BN then be slightly above average in a larger BN. I want to go infantry, then go to Airborne, Ranger, and sniper school.
     
  3. zachcleigh

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    Same boat as yall.
    2 schools I'm deciding between have a large size difference. ~40 vs ~800 haha

    One thing my dad always told me: diamonds polish diamonds. You may get easier recognition at a smaller bat.. but if you work HARD for recognition at the larger bat, it makes you better overall.

    Something to think on..
     
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  4. NavyHoops

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    Pick the Det and school that feels best to you. Remember leadership will change at least once while at your Det. Take a look at stats... Which Det has more go AD, get their first choice? Which school is a better financial fit? Does one have better training opportunities? Small is a good fit for some and maybe not others. The Det and school you feel most comfortable at, is the one you succeed at.

    What if you hate ROTC? Which school would you be happier at if you decide ROTC isn't the right thing for you? I know you are thinking that's not me! Trust me... Us old guys have seen it more than you think. Which school is more financially attainable in this scenario?
     
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  5. nofodad

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    Yes. Yes. Yes. Pick the SCHOOL that will work best for you. DS' battalion has "changed" over time, as has the leadership, but the school he chose was the best for his major and for him.
     
  6. Scb24

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    Thank you all. Now all I have to do is hope I get that scholarship.
     
  7. nofodad

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    Remember, you don't need a national scholarship to participate in ROTC. If you're interested in AROTC it's possible that the majority of the MSI's in your battalion will not be on scholarship. There are many paths to becoming an officer.
     

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