Does Marine NROTC have bias toward scholarship recipients?

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  1. maxib7

    maxib7 Member

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    Hello! I was wonder, much like the title suggests, if there are any differences in scholarship and non-scholarship recipients in the program (Do they get the same opportunities or chances)

    For example, from what I've heard, during AFROTC SFT the selection is "blind" so they don't know who has a scholarship or not when they make their EA's. So someone who didn't receiver a scholarship has an equal chance of commissioning as someone who did.

    Thanks for your time and sorry if any information is wrong
     
  2. Sampia

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    The experience as shared with me by my son is that the MO are all treated the same irregardless if on scholorship or not where he goes. However, one can not progress on to the junior year without having earned a scholarship or "advanced standing". There is the program called PLC which is outside of NROTC as a path to commissioning. You can find lots of good info on those by searching.
     
  3. rocatlin

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    My son was a college program Marine Option this year. All the freshmen were treated equally. He was awarded the 4 year national scholarship from the November board -- and a big factor was the input the MOI had to the selection board.

    I believe there were also 2 Navy Option mids that switched their scholarship this year as well.

    Bottom line is that hard work is noticed and is a great equalizer.
     
  4. NavyHoops

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    I asked a buddy of mine who served as an MOI about this. He said no. He could care less who was on scholarship or wasn't. He just wanted to make good Marine Officers. He said the only difference was those who were not on scholarship he would help to earn one or gain advanced standing. That was about the only difference, paperwork.

    And take note of what was said above... the USMC does not have an SFT selection process like USAF does. But to continue in NROTC MO one must either earn a scholarship or advanced standing. The MOI at your school will help with this process. If you are not selected for either of these you will be dis-enrolled from the program. There other options such as PLC or OCC if NROTC does not work out. But like all services, these boards and amount of spots available are based upon needs of the service.
     
  5. kinnem

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    The only difference between how any Navy midshipmen are treated, including MO, is that scholarship or otherwise contracted midshipmen, get to go on summer cruise. My son started as a college programmer and won a scholarship in the middle of his sophomore year. The only thing he missed was a freshman cruise. He got the same leadership and staff billets as the other people in the program.
     
  6. maxib7

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    So if you work as hard as you can, keep your grades up, and try to do as many NROTC activities as possible, would you have a good chance of earning an advanced standing or scholarship or is it just up to the needs of the Corps during your time in college.
     
  7. kinnem

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    It's both, but usually the former is sufficient.
     

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