Cornell University NROTC ?S

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  1. Vista123

    Vista123 Member

    Aug 5, 2011
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    I spent some time researching Cornell University's NROTC program (on their website and facebook page) . I would like more information on additional trainings other than what was listed, general camaraderie, personal experiences/stories from those who went through or are going through this program along with tips and suggestions for making the most of the experience there.

    thanks in advance.
  2. bcal

    bcal Member

    Jun 11, 2011
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    I am a current MIDN at Cornell. It's a great unit with a phenomenal staff that will make sure you're ready to enter the fleet when you graduate. The unit is small, possibly the smallest in the country, with only 25 MIDN, half of whom are freshman. I am in a unique position where I transferred from a big state school where I also participated in NROTC and I can compare the Cornell experience to the more typical large unit experience, and it is definitely different. The unit at Cornell is much more informal, especially with interactions between upper and underclassmen than what I experienced at my old unit. I had much more camaraderie among my 30 or so classmates at the state school than I do with the 4 classmates I have at Cornell. I am, however, much more friendly with MIDN in other classes. NROTC at Cornell is much less of a social experience than it is a bigger unit, you will be closest to the kids on your dorm floor/club/Greek organization rather than your fellow MIDN. Cornell NROTC is also less of a time commitment than it was at the state school as there is a much greater focus on academics. We PT every Wednesday and Friday mornings, have drill lab and a uniform day every Wednesday, and have an occasional Saturday activity. I would recommend being as involved as possible in the unit as the most rewarding activities (like judging a high school drill meet or helping to organize a formal function) are often optional. The unit as a whole is a great support system with upperclassman available to help in a particularly difficult class or the staff available as mentors. If you have any more particular questions feel free to PM me.

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