Checking things out for my Daughter

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Mark Sullivan, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. Mark Sullivan

    Mark Sullivan New Member

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    My Daughter joined the Army Reserves Yesterday, she will go to Basic next year, She is going to start LSU after she gets home from her AIT. She wants to take ROTC, I am not sure what all her scores were for her ACT, just know she made overall 26 and she has a GPA of 3.8. Also her MOS is
    intelligence analyst 35f , could she get a ROTC scholarship
     
  2. kcdale99

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    If she has already enlisted in the reserves then she is not eligible to compete for a national scholarship out of high school. She can join ROTC once she is in college and will be what is known as an Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Cadet. She will be both a member of ROTC and still drill with her unit. I don't believe SMP cadets are eligible for on campus scholarships; but they are eligible for a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarship, which would be the same as a normal ROTC scholarship except that she would not be eligible to be an active duty officer, and would instead be a reserve officer. GRFD scholarships are often 2 or 3 years, and awarded on campus by her unit.

    So focus your research on the SMP program, which that is the option available to her. Though she won't be eligible for a scholarship right off of the bat, she can use any GI Bill or Tuition assistance she has received from enlisting to help.
     
  3. Mark Sullivan

    Mark Sullivan New Member

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    OK, Thank you very Much Sir.
     
  4. Ohio2015Parent

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    Your daughter should take the time to go and visit LSU and make an appointment with the ROO(Recruiting Operations Officer). I do not believe using her GI Bill benefits will make her ineligble for competing for Active Duty, taking a GRFD scholarship does. SMP is a great option and the ROO at LSU will/should be able to explain all the state and Army based rules that currently apply. Good luck.
     
  5. Wilco

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    Sullivan, not sure the above about limited abilities for guard/reserves to apply for National ROTC is 100% accurate.

    Check out some other posts like the one below from Clarksonarmy, from last week, he is ROO at Clarkson University. Type in his name, or type search for guard, reserves, scholarship.

    And you may want to consider changing screen name, unless that is not your real name.


    From Clarksonarmy:

    "Not sure if I'm reading this correctly.... You can apply for a national scholarship even if you are in the guard or reserves and you can compete for a campus based scholarship, it's just going to take getting released from your enlistment if you are offered a 4 or 3.5 year scholarship.

    The big question someone in your situation needs to think about is whether you want to consider active duty or not. In the future there is going to be more of a push to lock Cadets into the Guard or Reserves earlier in the process. The GRFD is going to be one way this happens and there is even going to be more emphasis on the non scholarship GRFD option. If you want to be considered for active duty when you graduate be very careful about the SMP program and GRFD options.

    Talk to a ROO for sure!!"
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    Your daughter can still apply for the National ROTC Scholarship, if she is awarded a scholarship she can get a release from the Reserves/National Guard and start school on the Scholarship.
     

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