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Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Fengawr, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Fengawr

    Fengawr Member

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    Hello! As the time to apply for colleges gets closer and closer (I am a junior), I am thinking more and more regarding my future. ROTC is one of my options in becoming an officer in the military, and I am a little confused regarding it.

    When can you start the application process for ROTC? I can't really find the exact answer through the research I have done.

    Is ROTC becoming more competitive for every graduating class?

    Is there any place where I can compare my credentials with men/women that were accepted in ROTC?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kinnem

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    I think last year the application site opened up April 1 (for Navy anyway). Each branch has their own application process and the requirements are different for each branch. Try googling AFROTC, NROTC, AROTC scholarship which should lead you to each site and give you more info. Keep in mind that the sites normally list the minimum requirements. If you only meet the minimum you aren't going to make it.

    Youd should be looking to get involved in school sports if you aren't already. Take on leadership roles (Pres, team captain). Do some quality ECs (quality not quantity). Plan on taking SAT/ACT multiple times. Get your GPA as high as possible at this point. Start looking at schools you would be interested in attending that have ROTC.

    Yes, it gets more competitive each year as the number of new officers needed in the pipeline decreases as the military downsizesand the Pentagon cuts their budgets. I think last year about 25% of applicants (if I recall correctly) were awarded a scholarship, so have a PLAN B, C, D, etc. to get through college.

    Start your application early so you can see everything involved. You should be able to find some stats and stuff on threads in this forum. I don't think you'll find them via google. :thumb:
     
  3. Fengawr

    Fengawr Member

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    Thank you! You said that the application site opened on April 1st for Navy. Does this mean the that I can start the application on April 1st, 2012 on my Junior year? Just a little confused.
     
  4. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    Yes. I started mine in May 2011 and received a Navy-option scholarship in October 2011.
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Yes. You'll want to complete it over the summer off possible or Sept is ok. Selection boards begin meeting in the fall. You can complete it later but then you may miss some boards.
     
  6. Fengawr

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    So the first boards meet at the beginning of the applicants senior year?
     
  7. kinnem

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    Yes. That's how nuensis, who postd above, was awarded his scholarship in October of his senior year.

    You CAN submit later. I do not recall the final deadline but I'm sure it's listed on the sites I mentioned. I wanted to make sure you understood that early is good as some folks see the final deadlines on the web sites and think if they get it in by them they stand the same chance as anyone else (like they would for a college application). They don't because by that time they are down to the final boards and very few slots remain.
     
  8. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    http://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/2011-2012-scholarship-board-dates/

    This might be a good starting point for you...These were the dates for this years process for Army. You should start the process late spring/early summer of junior year, and make sure you are tracking the deadlines. You don't need to rush, but you want to have everything in for the first or second board if possible. Remember that you should also have a good idea of what schools you are looking at.
     

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