Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Scott1992, Jan 24, 2016.
Would attending a crosstown university put me at a disadvantage AFROTC wise?
Not all X-town detachments are created equal. If it has PT onsite and some of the classes are on your campus, that is good.
However, if you have to travel at 5 AM and battle traffic for PT and it is hassle getting to class, then not so much.
I was in AROTC at a crosstown school. I don't know how far you're drive would be, mine was about 40 min. We did PT at our school, and the MSI's and II's stayed at our school for class.
But some crosstown schools are treated like a red headed step child so to speak. I would talk with someone in that schools AFROTC program and see how they like it.
I eventually transferred to a host school just to make easier on myself and move to a school were ROTC was not taken as a joke.
So all in all, try and make contact with a cadet at that school.
My son is in a cross-town university. Based on the things he has said to me the main disadvantage is the extra driving time and the cost of parking. They ride together and share the cost as much as possible since there are several others that attends the crosstown campus also. One Cadet was from a different campus an hour away. The AFROTC worked to accommodate him. So much depends on the distance and the nature of the unit. I suggest you talk to the offices there and get their impression on the crosstown program.
Battalion specific. My DS has had very few issues as a crosstown AROTC cadet. His university's company has it's own identity, as does the host school and the other two that make up the battalion. Red headed step-child definitely does not apply to his company, there have been leadership positions spread out across all four schools. Interestingly the host school is the only one not served well by mass-transit. I think it's best to go to the best University/College that suits you, the crosstown thing has existed for years and most cadets/mids figure it out.
Nope! I am a crosstown student and a majority of the cadets at detachment 060 (USC) are crosstowners, including the three rated selectees. I prefer going to a nearby state university to pay wayyyy less for tuition and I am okay with additional commuting. Just to reiterate, being a crosstowner does not give you an advantage or disadvantage, it is more about whether or not you prefer being a student at the host school (can be a costly university) versus commuting weekly and possibly paying lower tuition at another university. But this depends since each cadet has a different situation based on their location, detachment, and preference. Nearly every detachment has crosstown agreements and PT locations to accommodate for crosstown students.
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