can i get an AROTC scholarship?

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  1. falcon23

    falcon23 New Member

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    I am a senior in high school and I really want to get an ROTC scholarship. my unweighted gpa is about 3.5 and my weighted gpa is about 3.8. my SAT score was 1000 (math and verbal only) and I recently retook the SAT and am waiting on the new scores. I expect at least a 1100 (math and verbal only). I am on my schools shooting team and have varsity letters from freshman year on. I am my JROTC battalions senior non-commissioned officer and the rifle team commander. I am in HOSA and I am an officer in that too. I am the athletic trainer for my schools sports teams and I volunteer with the fire department. I am in national honors society and am in the top 25% of my class. I did marching band and concert band for 3 years. I am 210 pounds and the weight chart from the army website said i should be 194 pounds. For my PFA, I can do 42 push ups, 65 curl ups and can run about a 7min 40sec mile. will my weight disqualify me from getting an ROTC scholarship.
     
  2. khergan

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    Posting stats is pretty meaningless, to be perfectly honest. Apply for the scholarship online and work on your PT. Your PT score is pretty weak.
     
  3. Strength and Honor

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    That's kind of harsh, khergan.

    OP, I think judging from your GPA and extracurriculars you have a decent shot at getting a scholarship. However, your SAT scores look kind of low (not an expert on the SAT though, the way they interpret scores is too complicated haha), but if you can bring that up I think you'll have a shot. Your weight and PFA scores could be an issue as well, and I would work on those every day before you do the official test.

    Do you have everything in for this first board? Have you even started the process? What schools are you listing? What's your desired major?
     
  4. Jcleppe

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    You should try and get your SAT up to 1100 or an ACT of 24. Don't forget, AROTC superscores, you'll need these minimum scores to get the max points on the interview sheet.

    Your PFT is not bad, work on your run and try and get your time down.
     
  5. khergan

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    I disagree. It would be disingenuous to tell someone they did great when they got the minimum passing score on pushups. I mean, it's not terrible, but working on PT and improving the score would definitely give them a better chance.

    In terms of the height/weight thing, check out the standards in AR 600-9. Or go online and get a calculator/calculator app. Buy a cheap tape measure and measure per the standard in AR 600-9. If you bust tape, you'll also need to work on some more cardio and improving your diet to drop those pounds. It does you no good to pass a PT test and fail weight/tape.

    Again - this has absolutely nothing to do with being mean or nice. These are the minimum standards for physical fitness and appearance of the organization you seek to join. Those standards will be expected to be upheld from day one of your scholarship (should you receive it) all the way through your career.
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    The PFA is the number of PU and SU's completed in 1 minute, 42 and 65 is not a bad score at all. The 1 mile run could use a little work but won't hurt that much in regard to your application.

    If these numbers would have been for an official APFT then I would agree it would be low.
     
  7. falcon23

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    I won't make the first board most likely but all I need to do is take the pfa and do my interview and I will be done. I am listing Appalachian State, Wake Forest, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Gardner Webb, and East Carolina. I plan on majoring in political science.
     
  8. falcon23

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    I really appreciate the replies. really I would just like to know if my weight will be a killer for me. will they turn me away from a scholarship if im a few pounds over or am I still eligible to get an offer?
     
  9. MemberLG

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    My guess - might have a shot at a 3 year scholarship. Your weaknesses are academic accomplishment and PFA. Your weight won't hurt you bad if you pass the body fat test.

    The ROTC's concern will be your ability to handle college academics and meet the physical fitness/height weight standard. Appears that you have good leadership potential.
     
  10. kinnem

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    Virginia Tech is almost certainly beyond reach with those SAT scores, and probably NC State and UNC Chapel Hill are as well. DS's SAT score was 1320 for Math and Verbal, excellent PFT, 7 years of wrestling and 3 varsity letters, but only a 3.3 for GPA. He was somewhat lacking in leadership roles as well. So overall he was somewhat different from you. Nevertheless those SAT scores are what's used as a national standard for comparison of applicants. He was not accepted at VA Tech or UNC. He was wait listed but finally accepted at NC State but by then he had a merit scholarship elsewhere (his 1st choice) so NC State lost out (plus it's too close to home for him).

    You really need to work on the SAT scores, at least for those schools. You might also try the ACT. Some folks do much better on one vs the other.

    I would say your scores are probably a match for App State which is a great value with a beautiful campus and a great AROTC unit. I'm assuming it's your first choice since you listed it first. So might be in fairly good shape if your projected scores are correct. Nevertheless improvement in the SAT can only improve your chances there and the other schools as well.

    Good luck! :thumb:
     
  11. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    What's your plan if you don't get a scholarship...you should probably start working on one. Enrolling in Army ROTC and competing for a campus based scholarship, and looking into the SMP program should one of every applicants courses of action these days. Right now no one is getting a scholarship until further notice, so if you want to be an Army Officer you need to be prepared to invest in your future.
     
  12. Pima

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    Are you saying that is because of the govt shutdown, i.e no boards? Or is it because of the DoD budget shortfall that is expected if they have to reduce it again by 10% for FY14?

    Dang....I swore I would leave, but I love learning and this one statement made me question which Devil in the details would be the reason to state this in case nobody picked up on it could be one or the other or both.
     
  13. Strength and Honor

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    I'm also interested in finding out why no one is getting a scholarship.... :cool:
     
  14. Jcleppe

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    This should make the thread that I'm sure will be started for the "October ROTC Board" an interesting one indeed. Could make the "January 4, 2011 AROTC Board" thread look like a short story.
     
  15. Strength and Honor

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    I thought ROTC wouldn't be affected? Everyone said the DoD already included the number of scholarships in the budget? Are we suggesting no board at all?
     
  16. Jcleppe

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    I wouldn't get to far ahead of things right now.

    The money could already be there for now, the issue may be staffing the boards.

    Believe me, you could speculate all day long and never figure this out. The only thing you can do now is wait and see how it plays out.
     
  17. MemberLG

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    My guess is that there is requested/programmed funding for ROTC scholarship in the FY14 budget, but with no appropriation no authority to award it.

    My interpretation is awarding a scholarship is making a new financial commitment. Under the shutdown rules, DoD is very limited on making new financial commitments.
     
  18. falcon23

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    i plan on still enrolling in rotc in college. hopefully i will be competitive enough for active duty. i wouldn't really say i lack in an area like my academics. my gpa isn't perfect but i come from a rural county where barely have 2 AP courses. right now i am taking really advanced and difficult classes through tough teachers and dual enrollment opportunities. i have also had friends with worst stats than mine get into NC state. UNC Chapel Hill and VT are diffenitely stretches but their also not my first choices either. im really hoping for either Wake Forest or App state.
     

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