Does JROTC help?

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  1. Prospekt_Of_Suburbia

    Prospekt_Of_Suburbia Member

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    I'm currently a second year student in my school's JROTC program, and I was just curious as to whether a background in JROTC influences one's experiences in an academy. Any information from applications to your first day there would be appreciated :D
     
  2. Christcorp

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    If you're asking if being in JrROTC helps in the "Application process" for applying for an academy appointment? Yes, it does. Just as much as being in the school band, president of the spanish club, football team, volunteering for meals on wheels, etc... You don't get extra/special points on your application because you were in JrROTC or Civil Air Patrol or Boy Scouts, etc... The academy is looking for well rounded individuals; which included extra curricular activities and leadership positions within these when possible. So yet, JrROTC helps. just like the other 1436 other types of activities you could be involved in. Do the activities you like; and excel in those activities. That's what matters... Not the activity itself.

    If you're asking if any JrROTC training will help you in your Basic Cadet Training or being at the academy as a cadet; the answer is "Maybe". That totally depends on you. There are plenty of Top-10 cadets in each class that NEVER had any JrROTC, CAP, or Scouting involvement. There are some that did have such involvement. And there's some who are ranked #600 out of #1200 who were high ranking JrROTC or CAP members. Depends on you, the individual. Are there any similarities between JrROTC and the academy? Yes; they both wear uniforms. There's some drill and ceremony procedures that are similar. There is a rank structure. That's about it.

    Bottom line is: It shouldn't matter if JrROTC will help at the academy or not. You are doing JrROTC because you LIKE IT, and are PASSIONATE about it; or you're doing it to PAD YOUR ACADEMIC RESUME. Only you know the answer to that. Hopefully you're doing it because you really like it. Same with the person who is the drum major in the band; the person involved in the Art history Club; the captain of the basketball team; or the person who does fund raisers all year for "Toys for Tots". best of luck to you. mike....
     
  3. Prospekt_Of_Suburbia

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    Wow, wasn't expecting such a well written reply :D Thank you Mike, this was my first post on this website and after I started this thread, I thought to myself "Well this is gonna go nowhere" haha. Well I do love JrROTC, it is one of my passions, I was just wondering to what extent it would help me. I'll definitely be using your reply as a reference if I ever need to. Thanks again..
    Ryan
     
  4. eagle36

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    as far as particulars about what can possibly help. drill is probably the most useful, although acting like a "know-it-all" cause you learned in JROTC is a quick and easy way to alienate your classmates. depending on your classes, its nice to know some of the basic air force history which comes in handy at random points (some parts of knowledge tests, basic aero, etc). the only other part would be the general idea of following a military chain and any leadership experience you gain. bottom line is that the Academy is not JRTOC or CAP, so while the experience may help you some, its best to go in with the attitude that you're just like everyone else and you can help when you can. Just don't let it get to your head.

    Although I didn't tell many ppl, I did JROTC for my first three years in high school. I quit senior year because I wasn't enjoying it, and in my personal opinion, our Chief and Colonel running the program weren't making it what I thought it should be. So just like at the academy, I learned some things i wanted to emulate, and some stuff i didn't as i gained the opportunity to lead.
     
  5. Prospekt_Of_Suburbia

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    Okay, that's what I was hoping. I'll definitely take your advice as far as the Air Force history goes, but I'm glad knowing drill and other procedures beforehand is good too. And if the Academy was exactly like JROTC and CAP I'd be disappointed :p
     

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