Classes + Before school

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  1. brandonz

    brandonz Member

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    I'm going to my schools orientation in about a month and that's when we choose classes and stuff. I was wondering will there be someone from the ROTC office there to help me? On their website it shows the required naval classes but i'm not sure when to take them.

    My schools move in day is August 19 and my contact at the school told me to be there the 16th for orientation. I heard from someone that there are special rooms for us before we actually move into our own dorms? Also is that the time we are assigned/fitted for all our gear? Also wondering how those boots feel to run it cause they don't look like they were made for running :/

    Thanks.
     
  2. EDelahanty

    EDelahanty Member

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    When you go off to college you become responsible for setting your priorities and managing your time. You will have to arrange your schedule around your ROTC commitments, and there may not be someone to guide you through the intricacies of scheduling. The good thing about that is that most ROTC required courses are offered early in the day when there are limited opportunities for scheduling conflicts.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that at many schools upperclassmen get preference in claiming spots in courses. This may not matter for giant intro courses with hundreds of bodies filling seats but it could for smaller, elective classes which fill up early.

    Most ROTC running is done in running shoes.
     
  3. soccmomer

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    Often at those orientations, you meet with an advisor, who helps you schedule and choose your classes. They would be aware of the ROTC classes and when they meet.
    I would expect that during your ROTC orientation, they would issue gear/clothing, do height/weight, physicals, and lots of paperwork!!!
     
  4. kinnem

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    At my son's college you register for Naval Science classes just like you would for all your classes. I would think most colleges operate this way but I'm also sure there are exceptions. Contact your cadre for definitive answers.

    DS's freshman orientation worked like that... special rooms (ROTC meeting hall) for orientation and then he moved into his regular room on move-in day. Actually it was the night before. Again, contact your cadre for definitive answers. I wouldn't rely on "hearing from someone".
     
  5. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    What makes you think you will have to run in boots? sounds like someone has been watching too much history channel.
     
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    Contact the schools Housing Services department in regards to an early move in. This isn't new to them and they'll be able to help you.

    Good luck!
     
  7. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Brandonz...those are questions you need to be asking your new Battalion. I recommend you contact them ASAP and ask your questions. That will do two things:
    1. You will get acurate information, instead of speculation from strangers on a discussion board who have no idea how orientation at your school will be run
    2. Lets your new Battalion know you are alive and interested in being part of their organization.

    As an enrollment officer who spends each summer hunting down my incoming freshmen class I like nothing better than to have one of my future Cadets contact me with lots of questions. It's the one's who don't that drive me crazy.

    Good luck this summer
     
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  8. brandonz

    brandonz Member

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    Thanks all!

    I guess the boots questions was pretty stupid but i'll probably email my contact at the school soon
     
  9. Sampia

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    Your boots question was not stupid. My DS has had to run in boots many times. The furthest he said was 6 miles. He is a Marine option, however. And he also said that, at least for him, the boots are quite comfortable and he's never had any difficulty running in them. Probably you will not have to run in them at the new student orientation, but that is just me guessing. Lol
     
  10. USMCDad

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    Just bear in mind that the College orientation for new students....and the ROTC orientation are two different things.

    In my son's case, we went out in July(?) for a two day student orientation with the college and during that time he met his academic advisor and enrolled in his Fall classes.
    Then, about a week before classes started, he reported to his NROTC unit for NROTC orientation....that was a mix of admin processing (uniforms, paperwork, etc) and "boot camp" like activities....Marine Option and Navy Option were integrated during that week.

    If you haven't yet, you should soon be receiving an email or snail mail from the Unit with specific directions regarding NROTC orientation and in my son's case, those also had instructions on which NROTC (Naval Science) classes/labs he needed to have on his academic calendar. The academic advisor was well aware of NROTC and helped him put it all together.

    That said, based on your first post, sounds like your college runs student orientation just before the start of the academic year....that might be challenging if the unit also does an NROTC orientation (I think I read you were NROTC in a different thread)....so...every school and every unit is slightly different. The advise to contact your school and your unit remains the best advice you can get.

    Last...ditto Sampia's comment. At my son's NROTC orientation they didn't run in boots...or at least not far. Later, once the school year started they did/do...but he's both Marine Option and on the Endurance Team....in other words, your milage may vary.
     

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