Contracting in ROTC

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  1. CSU Cadet

    CSU Cadet Member

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    Hello, as a 3 year AD scholarship winner I was informed that I would have to wait until the beginning of my sophomore year to contract. Is this the same for 4 year scholarship winners? If that is the case, do contracted 4 year freshmen get any different treatment/benefits/oppurtunities?

    Thank you for the help.

    -CSU Cadet
     
  2. sheriff3

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    4 yr national winners get their scholarships activated upon successfully passing the APFT and swearing in. All will be treated the same. I think most units try to outfit/supply all cadets the same. As for opportunities, only contracted cadets can go to culp and the various advanced schools like AB,AA etc. 3 yr scholarship winners can earn an upgrade to a 3.5 year scholarship . I think the best way for you to upgrade is to show up in great shape and score well on the APFT (perfect your form), show up in regulations, get involved in the unit, get good grades and stay out of trouble. I assume CSU is Colorado State? If so keep in mind you will be at altitude and it's been hot recently. I'd possible look into a training mask that restricts airflow while working out. CSU offers a very generous package for ROTC cadets. Best of luck , obtw... bring a crying towel to mop your tears when the Buffs crush the Rams at the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
     
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    Thanks for the information! I am from Denver born and raised, so I don't have to worry about the altitude as much as those from out of state (hopefully.) The only thing I was concerned with is 4 years getting more training oppurtunities during their freshmen year, so hopefully that's not the case with CSU. As for the Rocky Mountain showdown, CU may have gotten lucky last year, but this year you better bring your all! Hopefully I can make it on the list for the pushup crew or howitzer crew!
     
  4. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    A year ago, in 2015, my DS enrolled non-contract Army ROTC and earned a 3 year AD after three months. By January they awarded him an additional half year as @sheriff3 described and he contracted right at that point. The main thing that seemed to impress the cadre was killing the APFT and keeping good progress on academics. Participation in AROTC activities counted for a lot too.

    Until DS contracted he only received the basic ACU uniform, but a lot of other items such as PT uniform (with ugly yellow belt), sleep system, and ASU uniforms were not issued to non-contracted cadets. The sleep system was something he missed the most during LDX because his own sleeping bag did not keep him warm enough in the field. While he was a non-contract cade, he was treated well by his upper class cadets and the cadre, mainly because he worked hard and carried his weight in his platoon. It just sucked not having the additional uniform and equipment.
     
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