1. usarmystrong97

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    So I have a few questions about branching after rotc. I plan on majoring in mrchanical engineering in college. Would that mean if I qualify for active duty that I would have to branch engineering? Or could I do a different job such as field artillery, infantry or armor? Any helpful responses would be appreciated, thank you!

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    That was a smart bump :wink:

    Your major does not have a major influence (if any) on branching within the Army as far as I know. When you have History majors commanding Nuclear Subs in the Navy it would seem that anything is possible.
     
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    I recently applied to the Citadel and plan on majoring in mechanical engineering. Would knob year and Engineering be difficult to balance? Would engineering help my likelihood of branching as an engineering officer in the army?
     
  5. Frankie

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    Your last question was already answered.

    If you have good time management skills, you'll do fine with that major.

    As for contracting though, the army is starting to care a little bit more on STEM majors. But for branching it does not matter.
     
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    Not completely accurate.

    The Army is holding a certain percentage of Engineer Branch slots for for engineering majors.

    There is also a program in place that allows the cadet to ADSO for certain branches if they have the required major, a min. 2.75 GPA and list the branch as their #1 choice, Engineer is one of those branches.

    So yes, majoring in Engineering could help you receive the Engineer Branch as long as you meet the requirements.
     
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    As for difficulty managing the Cadet challenges, ROTC and the academics, the mechanical engineering major has a lot of resources being directed to the program and Cadets who choose it, so if you have the aptitude, I am sure the faculty will do all they can to help you be successful. Don't be afraid to ask for help - it is there. Good luck.
     
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    From what I know, yeah it will be extremely difficult. I heard that they condense a 5 year degree track into a 4 year program. So it's extremely busy, you will spend weekends studying, and I think it also involves extensive mathematical knowledge. On top of that is knob duties you still will have to accomplish during your "free" time. I would be impressed if anyone could handle it all and still maintain a decent GPA.
     

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