DOR help!

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  1. Jfq

    Jfq New Member

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    I am a freshman on the NROTC scholarship. Unfortunately, this is currently more than I can handle. Is it possible to DOR at semester instead of the end of the year?
     
  2. dunninla

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    Sure, why not? You can DOR any day you please. At the Academies, however, DOR is a multi-week process involving every link in the Chain of Command all the way up to the Superintendant, with suggested stops at the Chaplain's office as well. However, once you have hit each chain of command and heard them out, it's still your choice 100%.

    In NROTC, I've read here that you can DOR on the spot, and the next day you are no longer part of the Unit. I also imagine you need to discuss this with your NROTC Freshman Advisor, plus whoever he/she reports to, and then finally the Professor of Naval Science in charge of your Unit. They may be able to help, they may not, but remember you are making a decision that will affect the rest of your life, so don't do it rashly.

    If you are a Scholarship cadet, you had better have the conversation with your parents about how you will, or they will, or you both will pay for college without the scholarship, book $, or stipend $.

    P.S. Search threads here from kids who have DOR and then later realized it was an ill considered, emotional, or illogical decision that they regret often. And there is no going back. Then there are those who DOR'd and to this day are glad they did. Don't search on "DOR"... that is a phrase not used that often. Search on "quitting", "withdrawing", etc.
     
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  3. USMCGrunt

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    Dunninla gives excellent advice here. All aspects of the situation.

    You are probably a few weeks into the semester and the stress of college, NROTC and new living arrangements can feel overwhelming. It is very common.

    Consider seeking out advice from counsellors, teachers, and your battalion. They have seen it before and can offer perspective.

    Good luck
     
  4. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    I would add if the reason it is too hard to handle is because you're carrying a heavy academic load, you have to ask yourself if you really need to carry that load. If it's because of difficulties in a particular subject perhaps tutoring can help. There are often tutors available in the unit, or certainly the college can provide that.

    Do not DOR lightly. As others pointed out this is life changing. If you still want to pursue a commission consider the other alternatives you have to address the issues you face. :thumb:
     
  5. goaliedad

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    OK, it seems a bit early in the term to be looking at DOR. At this point the earliest schools are about 2 weeks in - not even enough time to be hitting the first tests in most subjects. ROTC should be ramping up strong, with lots to learn and perhaps a heavy dose of PT, but for someone sharp enough to qualify for a NROTC scholarship, I can't see this as overwhelming either. Perhaps there is a part-time job or something that is complicating things, you haven't told us about...

    I think that the adjustment from high school, adding in a degree of uncertainty in time management may be what is going on here.

    I strongly suggest first sitting down with a trusted upperclassman in your unit who may have been through exactly what you are going through would be in order. The point here is that lots of people just like you go through this and there are folks who can help you figure this all out.

    No need to freak out this early in the term...
     
  6. kinnem

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    Good points all goaliedad. He should discuss this with his "old salt" if they have one assigned at his school. Or his squad leader.... or any upperclass MIDN he respects. If there is no fruitful advice there, then there is always the freshman advisor who no doubt is expert at this situation as I'm sure it's encountered all the time. They are there to help and WANT you to be SUCCESSFUL!
     
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  7. -Bull-

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    If you want to DOR within two weeks of school starting, I'm not going to dissuade you, because obviously your heart is elsewhere, but I would suggest waiting a few more weeks before making such a big decision.

    If you're not sure about ROTC yet, give it a chance. You can overcome tiny heart syndrome.
     
  8. dunninla

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    I don't think OP has told us enough to draw that conclusion. There are a number of reasons mids consider dropping early on at the Academy, and in NROTC, that are unrelated to where their heart is... that is, how badly they want it.
     

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