Didn't get accepted

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  1. Chs97

    Chs97 New Member

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    Hey guys,
    So I applied for the Army ROTC scholarship but I had some below average to average scores and I knew I wouldn't be selected from the get go. I got a letter today confirming I didn't. So I had a few questions about my situation.
    1) the letter said I can apply to the 2 or 3 year scholarships once in college. Is it more competitive? Is it easier to get?
    2) say I didn't get any ROTC scholarships, am I still able to serve as an officer in the army?
    Thanks
     
  2. Ohio2015Parent

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    You can technically never receive a dime in scholarship money from Cadet Command or a state guard/reserve unit and become an Army officer. You must, however, at some point be offered a contract via your AROTC on campus. Typically you cannot take the 3rd year and/or 4th year of AROTC courses without permission and usually a contract to commission. There is also a little used process called OCS - this takes college graduates after graduation and trains them as officers, with the draw down in the arm forces there is very little chance on this path.

    Have you been accepted to a university with AROTC? Can you compete for a contract? The competition will be great for a contract and/or campus based funding. Search any threads on this forum for campus based scholarships and contracting for more details on how to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the challenge ahead.
     
  3. k2rider

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    Assuming you're going to a 4 year college with an Army ROTC program...
    1) Enroll in classes
    2) Enroll in the ROTC program
    3) Make an effort to contact the cadre of the unit to discuss your interests and career goals
    4) Show up on day one in the best shape possible
    5) Work hard, be early, stay late and GET GOOD GRADES!!

    Do all of the above and it's absolutely possible that you can be granted a 3 year scholarship. There are other routes as well that the cadre can explain to you. I'm no expert on them so don't want to speculate but you can go the Reserve route while in school or even National Guard.
     
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  4. Chs97

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    Yes I've been accepted to the Citadel. Does the process of applying for the 3 year scholarship take place at the end of the freshman year?
     
  5. nofodad

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    My DS enrolled in AROTC before arriving at school freshman year, and as far as I know, there was no separate process for applying for a scholarship. I think if you follow the advice of k2rider, you will be considered for a scholarship among the other non contracted cadets. Good luck!
     
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  6. maxib7

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    One of my friends applied for the AROTC scholarship but didn't get it and he still enrolled in the program when he went to college. After working hard in the program, he got a scholarship his sophomore year
     

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