Contracting w/o a Scholarship on campus

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  1. BigCityNight

    BigCityNight New Member

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    Hello all! I am new to the forums.

    I am wondering what the process for contracting into a college's Army ROTC department is like w/o a scholarship. I know the process for pursuing a contract w/ a scholarship, is contracting w/o one any different/the same?
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    As a non-scholarship cadet you would complete the first two years without a contract.

    A lot will depend on the number of contracts the Battalion is allotted for your year group. At the end of your sophomore year the Battalion will know how many contracts they have available, if any, most Battalions will have at least a few. The Battalion will select those cadets seeking a contract based on the Battalion OML for your year group. The OML will be based on your GPA, APFT scores, and ROTC Participation. If your sre selected for a contract you would start your Junior year as a Contracted Cadet providing you again pass your APFT.

    Once you are contracted you would start receiving the ROTC Stipend and as long as you fulfill the requirements of the contract from that point on, you will commission upon graduation. Branching and Active Duty/Reserves selection will be the same process as all other cadets whether they are scholarship or not.

    There is always the possibility that anytime during your first two years you could be offered a Battalion Scholarship, if they have any available. Selection for these scholarships are based on the same OML. If you are offered a scholarship then you would become contracted at that time.
     
  3. Fishpart

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    I would contact the Military Science Department at the college you plan on attending. My experience is from when dinosaurs roamed the earth, so I would start there. Working with my DS, the recruiting officers at several schools were more than happy to meet with him. You may have a chance to compete for a local scholarship as well.
     
  4. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Jcleppe gave a good answer. Just in case you were wondering how to even participate in AROTC (which is how I read your question, perhaps incorrectly) then you would simply contact the AROTC unit at the college you're planning on attending. At some point they would send you some forms, including one for a physical to be performed by your own doc. They would also notify you if you need to be at college early for orientation (this varies by unit). Pretty simple really.

    EDIT: Cross posted with Fishpart.
     
  5. Sampia

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    And definitely look up the units website. It is most likely chock-full of information
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    A couple corrections...you might be able to contract as early as your sophomore year. You don't necessarily need to wait until junior year.

    If we do ask you to get a physical we are not going to ask you to go to your doc...we will send you to our doc and pay for it.

    What you need to know is that you will need to come to school, enroll in Army ROTC class, and let them know you want to contract.
     
  7. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    Does this mean that cadets that are not on scholarship or SMP can still contract their sophomore year. Is this a change, I was always under the impression that the earliest a non scholarship/SMP cadet could contract was the start of their junior year, or was my impression wrong. Thanks for your info.
     
  8. BigCityNight

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    Can one request to contract after they are eligible and receive the contract?

    Thank you everyone who has replied. But to clear some things up, I am not looking for info on how to enter the AROTC program or about any ROTC scholarships, whether it's national or campus based. Just looking for info about contracting without a scholarship.
     
  9. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Well, you can't contract without a scholarship until your Junior year in college (generally speaking at least). I suppose another way is to find an OSO later in college and contract to attend OCS after you graduate.
     

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