Contracting v/s AROTC Scholarship

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  1. FutureOfficer1

    FutureOfficer1 New Member

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    As a transfer student/cadet I heard you can become a commissioned officer via both routes, however if you want to contract do you have to do so by the end of your MS 2 (or sophomore) year? is that also done on a competitive basis? I was also told that in order to go MS 3 or MS 4 you would have to be a contracted cadet is there any reason behind that? can one also get the AROTC Scholarship as a junior or senior?

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  2. GemStateMom

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    I also was under the impression cadets were required to contract before their MS3 year, but apparently I was mistaken as my DS is an MS3 and is not contracted yet. He was told he should contract next semester. I do not know about scholarships for this level either, but would like to find out if that is a possibility as well for DS. Hopefully someone else with more knowledge will chime in.
     
  3. -Bull-

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    These are not really two different routes toward commissioning, they are both the same route (AROTC), just refer to different benefits the cadet is receiving.

    Being a contracted cadet means that the cadet has signed a contract, agreeing to serve X amount of years in the Army, and sworn an oath of enlistment (all contracted cadets are enlisted in the USAR, specifically in the USAR Control Group (ROTC)). Not all contracted cadets are receiving an AROTC scholarship and receiving benefits for school in the form of Tuition/Fees or Room/Board. Those that are scholarship cadets, and have validated their scholarship by meeting all requirements (Medical, APFT, etc.) also become contracted, swearing an oath of enlistment and agreeing to serve X amount of years as an army officer.

    I know terms get easy intertwined on this website, but these are not two different routes, both are in the ROTC program, a scholarship cadet just has an AROTC scholarship paying for their Tuition/Fees or Room/Board.

    Every contracted cadet, regardless of if they have a scholarship or not, receives the monthly stipend and the book stipend. (if I'm wrong on the book stipend, someone please correct me. It's been a little bit since I was receiving this.)

    Scholarship cadets will contract as soon as they meet all necessary requirements during the year the scholarship starts. Example, a 4 year scholarship recipient will contract his/her freshman year once they satisfy all requirements to contract. A 3 year scholarship cadet will contract his/her sophomore year, so on and so forth. A cadet that does not have a scholarship will contract if they are accepted into the Advanced Course (MS3 and MS4 years) and they meet all contracting requirements. Yes, this does not always happen for a variety of reasons, but technically a cadet must be contracted in order to move onto the Advanced Course.

    Additionally, cadets must be contracted in order to attend any summer training (this is something that was passed down from the CG earlier this year, but does not necessarily apply to LTC this summer).

    As far as your question, FutureOfficer1, regarding a scholarship your Junior/Senior year, that is very unlikely. Scholarships are used as incentives. If you are going to contract your Junior year anyways, what incentive does the Army have in giving a scholarship to you? Not saying it is impossible, but scholarships are used as incentives and recruiting tools, not just given to everyone. Get in contact with the ROO at the university you are interested in attending, he/she will be able to help you out with your individual situation.

    Your second question about why ROTC requires cadets to be contracted to be in the Advanced Course? They're in the business of developing future leaders in their organization. As cool as it would be for people to just hang around for 4 years and then decide at the last minute they don't want to do the Army thing, the Army doesn't work that way. They are forecasting numbers years in advance because they have a mission (# of LT's each year to commission) they have to meet, and devoting resources to developing these cadets. Commitments have to be made because they are not just going to dish out taxpayer money for someone who is not interested in commissioning as an army officer.
     
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  4. Jcleppe

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    I am really surprised your son did not contract the start of his Junior/MS3 year. Every non scholarship cadet that enters or starts the program Junior year at my son's battalion is contracted on day one, providing they pass the APFT and meet academic requirements. This allows the cadet to start receiving the stipend right away.

    If an MS3 does not pass the APFT on the first day they are given one more chance, if they don't pass again they are removed from the program.

    Did your son meet all the contracting requirements at the start of this year, if so, what was the battalions reasoning for not contracting him.
     
  5. QA1517

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    Do SMC's require you to contract to during your MS-III and IV year? I was under the impression you could participate in all 4 yrs at SMC's without any obligation.
     
  6. Jcc123

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    You can participate in the Corps of Cadets with no intention to commission, but the advanced course of ROTC is reserved for those who will.
     
  7. GemStateMom

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    jcleppe, I think my son's circumstance was a little different since he transferred over to AROTC (same battalion as your DS) after two years AFROTC - non scholarship (wasn't selected for SFT). As far as I know he has passed everything, but they told him the end of last year he wouldn't contract until spring semester. Not sure why....:confused: He did transfer as an MS2 last year.
     

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