Contracting advice

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  1. jgr626

    jgr626 New Member

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    Any advice on the best ways to receive a contract? Anything that can help and make me stand out.
     
  2. k2rider

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    Well, where are you in life? Are you a high school senior still trying to get a scholarship? or maybe you're asking with the intent to join ROTC as a non-scholarship cadet? I'll assume/guess it's the latter because then the question makes more sense.

    I'd suggest showing up on day 1 at your ROTC orientation in the best physical condition you've ever been in your entire life. Start running and doing sit-ups and push-ups every chance you get. Show up clean shaven with a proper haircut and no earrings (believe it or not, my son's unit had 3-4 show up wearing studs on the 1st day of freshman orientation). Then, work your tail off in class and volunteer for all the extra-curricular activities and/or events you can without effecting your GPA.
     
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    I'm actually prior service navy and am not really concerned with the scholarship portion but rather the commissioning. I'm probably in the best shape although I should probably run a little more.
     
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    Hear ya' but still agree with k2rider. Being prior Navy should give you a leg up but don't take it for granted.
     
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    I don't plan on it. This is something that I really want. The fact that I'm 26 shouldn't hurt me right?
     
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    It might. The Seaman to Admiral program generally requires that you commission prior to your 27th birthday. Of course you aren't part of that program but I would recommend you consult with the cadre at the college you plan on attending or otherwise research it. Also NROTC requirements are "Not less than 17 years old by Sept. 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on December 31 of that year"
     
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    Not sure about NROTC but in my son's unit, the #1 cadet in his class is a prior service soldier that is 25 years old. He is contracted and will commission in 2016, barring something crazy happening.
     
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    Does your son have any advice for me? I will take any advice I can get
     

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