commisioning into a different service

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  1. mdsu

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    If you attend a SMC such as The Citadel, Norwich, VMI, etc., and lets say I participiate in Marine option ROTC all four years under no ROTC scholarship, could I commision into any service I wanted to since I wasnt under scholarship or would I be bound to the USMC since I did four years Marine NROTC. I'd like to commision in the Navy afterwards but would like to experience a little of the USMC.
     
  2. goldfarb1

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    Well you woud contract in your junior year for your particular service. You can change branches easily if you aren't scholarshiped. If for example you did Marine ROTC and decided it wasn't for you, you would just switch to say Army ROTC the next semester. I met plenty people of people at Norwich that did that. I can't imagine why one would stick with a branch of ROTC, assuming there not contracted, that they don't like for four years.
     
  3. RahVaMil2009

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    One of the beauties of the SMCs is flexibility of career choices. The SMCs are one of the few opportunities you will have to complete four years of ROTC training without incurring a service obligation.

    While everyone is required to take ROTC classes in order to graduate, many cadets choose to pursue commissions through other sources. Probably the most common is commissioning in the USMC through the Platoon Leaders Course program while being taking ROTC classes, PTing with the Marines and going on Marine Corps field training exercises (FTXs). But I have Brother Rats (classmates from VMI) who have gone through officer training and commissioned in the Army, Air Force, Marines and the Navy since we graduated last May. The only branch not represented, to my knowledge, is the USCG.

    That said, if you aren't contracted, you miss out on several training opportunities. You can't go to Airborne School, Mountain Warfare School or any of the summer cruises. For my Brother Rats who commissioned in the Navy, some of the best training they received through the ROTC program came from their summer cruises. You also won't be able to serve in leadership positions within the ROTC detachment, so you miss out on the opportunity to be mentored as closely by the ROTC instructors. You won't miss out on mentorship completely, but you won't be working as closely with the officers and Senior NCOs. Not to mention you won't receive monthly stipends and annual book/uniform stipends if you aren't contracted.

    There are pros and cons for each option. I would recommend talking to the ROTC instructors and a regular officer recruiter for whatever branches you're considering.

    Good luck,

    Jackie M. Briski
    VMI Class of 2009
    First Class PVT (Ret.)
     
  4. MikeC

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    How hard is it to earn a scholarship if you go into an SMC without a contract?
     

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