Deferring A Year

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  1. Cabsta

    Cabsta Member

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    It is my understanding that a NROTC scholarship can not be deferred. I plan to defer enrollment to which ever school I get accepted to and take a gap year. The school that I plan to attend does have NROTC. If I do not apply for the 4-year scholarship this year, is it possible to apply for the 4-year scholarship next year?
     
  2. soxfn2041

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    If I may ask...what about the "gap year" is it that appeals to you?
     
  3. Cabsta

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    I am currently a volunteer firefighter/EMT. The firehouse is my second home and my crew is my second family. Quite simply, I'm not ready to leave. When I joined the department, I set goal for myself to work my way up to the command level. I serve on a heavy rescue fire truck. The specialized rescue training is extensive. I am the youngest of my department to hold the certifications that I possess. While the command officer (in charge of 3-6 firefighters) on the truck is usually someone in their 30's or 40's (with 10-20 years experience), I am on track to step into that role next year at the age of 19. I think that my experience as a firefighter, especially at the command level will contribute to making me a better officer. Not only will I have further experience making high stress decisions on matters of life and death, but I will also gain experience training and being responsible for other firefighters.

    During this year I will also work a part-time job, train for a 300 pft, live at the firehouse, and be independent from my parents. That's what I plan to do with a gap year. I think all together the experience will set me up for greater success in college.
     
  4. futureplebe

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    That sounds really cool.


    I'm thinking about doing NCCC with Americorps, but I'd probably only do it if ROTC does not work out with the school I want to go to or whatever.

    But I really don't want to go through the college app process again...
     
  5. Lynpar

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    I'm impressed! I know nothing about your post but just stumbled in and all I can say is Wow! I sure hope it goes the way you would like it too.
     
  6. educateme

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    at least for the Army ROTC, to the best of my knowledge, ROTC scholarship application is done by a HS senior.

    Check with NROTC cadet command and find out whether you can apply during the gap year. That's your best bet. None of us can give you a definitive answer. By the way, when you get the answer make sure you talk to several people. Someone in the cadet command officer may still give a wrong answer.

    I just spend couple of hours corresponding with a parent who got horrifically bad advice from a recruiting officer at one of the ROTC battalions, who seems to have been completely clueless on a lot of things, which completely misled her son and resulted in a very suboptimal selection board outcome and school admissions situation.

    It's just like IRS: there were multiple times when we called, different agents answer and give completely different answers.... sigh.
     
  7. Cabsta

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    Lynpar thanks so much for the support, and educateme thanks for the advice. I pulled this off the NROTC.mil site. One of the requirements listed is:

    "Not less than 17 years old by Sept. 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on December 31 of that year"

    "Students w/30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application or students already enrolled in NROTC College Program are not eligible for four-year NROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval science at host university's NROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities."

    So I'm assuming that I will ok as long as I don't complete any school hours during the year off. I'll keep searching though. Thanks again everyone.
     
  8. tmar101

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    Cabsta,

    My son graduated this year and is enrolled this fall semester at a local college; he will not attend next semester so as to avoid accruing more than 30 hrs. He has his application in for selection at the NROTC-marine opt. board right now. So, essentially he is taking a "gap year" and had no problem applying for the scholarship.
     
  9. soxfn2041

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    Yeah, that is really cool with the firefighting stuff. I wish you the best of luck with that and anything else you choose to pursue! I'm sure that the gap year will be good for you with something like that going.

    I was just asking because a lot of kids just want to travel, party, etc during it, which really has nothing to give them in terms of moving up in life.
     

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