Can you transfer to a SMC?

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  1. sjbd94

    sjbd94 Member

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    So i have had my first month of AROTC so far and I absolutely love it so far. I honestly dont like my school that much, but I love ROTC and my detachment. Its has only reaffirmed that a military carer is what I want. Might be a little premature to say that so early, but I do love it. With that being said one thing that has been made pretty clear to me so far is that getting an active duty slot is going to hard and probably even harder in 4 years when it is my turn. So my questions is can you transfer to an SMC such as Texas A&M or Virginia Tech and join the corps of cadets as a sophomore? I am assuming it would be to late to try anything for spring. Also I am on a 3 year AD, so any details on how that could work. Also my desire to transfer to a SMC is not just toe make sure I get an active duty slot, but I want more of a "military" experience and the unique experience A&M and Tech over with the corps of cadets and the traditional students seems like an awesome experience.
     
  2. NorwichDad

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    Nothing is Guarenteed these days

    I posted this story up here a while ago

    http://www.norwichguidon.com/campus-news/for-some-military-dreams-face-an-end-1.2837210#.UFYcvxxpH-I

    See paragraph
    “We have a cap of 77 kids that we are allowed to contract within the Army (ROTC department at NU),” Smith said. “Right now, for example, we have more cadets who are qualified to contract than we are physically able to contract.” “(It is) really frustrating right now because we have a lot of great students who we would love to contract and might not be able to because of medical conditions or civil convictions,” Esquivel said.

    4 years ago the Army was changing its Brigades Structure to add more lts and capts. They were desperate for officers.

    Its different now. Then again with changes in the economy and the world it could be different in 4 years.

    Speak to the people at these SMCs at length before you do anything. What you can do is make sure you are helping whatever ROTC Battalian you are in. Your grades must be high. You must have high PT scores. Live a smart and clean life. Keep in mind nothing is guarenteed.
     
  3. Lawman32RPD

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    Yes, it is possible. Each of the SMC's has different requirements regarding admission and transfer. As a result my advice as an outsider would be to contact the various schools and their respective corps. With respect to TAMU membership in the Corps of Cadets is predicated on admission to the College Station campus. TAMU's Corps does have a unit which is geared to new students entering the Corps out of sequence - in other words, starting life in the Corps as a sophomore or later. That unit is Squadron 18, the Phantoms: "The Phantoms are an outfit organized to transition current college students into the Corps. Transfer students and current A&M students can join the Corps and SQ 18, undergo the “fish” experience for one semester, and then move up to the class commensurate with their academic standing." Out of state students who are members of the Corps pay in-state tutition. How hard it is to transfer scholarships is a questions those who are in the know will need to answer. Each of the SMC's is unique and they all have their own strengths and challenges, one might be a good fit for one student and another could be magic for a second student. Best of luck.
     
  4. Lawman32RPD

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    PS, sent you a PM
     

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