Double major/ graduate degree?

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  1. USNFilms

    USNFilms Member

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    I received both a NROTC scholarship and AFROTC (TYPE I) scholarship to BU. I want to either double major or do a graduate program. whatever option I choose, it will take over 4 years, will I be able to do this? If so, will it be covered? and if so, would NROTC and AFROTC be both as likely to cover it?

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  2. Pima

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    No offense, but either option will result in 4 yrs, 365 days, 52 weeks, 24 hrs, 7 days a week AD.

    College is not 365 days, 52 weeks, 24 hrs, 7 days a week.

    It is typically:
    30 weeks a yr (15 week per semester)
    20 hrs (credits are per hr per week....3 credits = 3 hrs in the classroom)
    5 days a week.

    PLUS, you will go to a college you want to go to. AF and Navy can assign you to anywhere in the world. Can you say MINOT, ND...Freezin is the Reason! Oh No Alamogordo! Hell Rio!

    College is the fun part. You chose the college, you get to go home for T-DAY, XMAS, Easter, Memorial Day. 4th of July etc for 4 yrs.

    You may not get that choice when you go AD. Place the scholarship aside.

    Ask yourself do you want to live on a boat in the Navy missing the holidays , stationed in San Diego, over living in Del Rio TX for 4 yrs and go home for the holidays as an AF officer. Before you answer that....Del Rio does not have a Target. Walmart is the big store. It is commonly referred to as Hell Rio

    If both branches offer ROTC, and your decision is based on which branch covers what, you need to pull back and ask:

    Which branch you want to live 24/7 365 days a yr for 4 yrs.

    If AFROTC does and the Navy says NO, will you be okay living in ND at Minor for 4 yrs?

    Would you be okay being on a boat when your wife is 8 months pregnant with your 1st born?

    You are 17, but you will be 26, a decade from now before you can bolt. Think about being 25.
     
  3. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    No to graduate programs, yes to double major. It is possible, and you are allowed an extra year if your main major is engineering or something similar. Im doing it and know a few others doing it as well. As long as your able to finish all requirements within the allotted time, 4 yrs for non-tech or 5 yrs for certain tech majors, AFROTC will cover it. The only question is how accomedating your majors are to each other and ROTC. First, look up the recs for both majors, depending on your school they may overlap beautifully or they may not. If, afterwards, you still really want to double major, go for it. Just try not to get too attached to your second major because if you want to make sure your setting yourself up for success in ROTC your priorities need to go: primary major, ROTC, secondary major, and so on so that if there comes a point where its too much and you have to drop something, you can drop the secondary major pretty easily. Idk if NROTC is the same way, but I'm in AFROTC and I know someone in AROTC double majoring as well.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Pima

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    Let's step back for a minute.

    1. Is the scholarship a player financially?

    If so, talk to posters like knnem for NROTC.

    AFROTC there is no guarantee you will become a POC. You need to go to SFT. It is a BOARD, and scholarships are masked/blind. IOTW they don't know and don't care. It is not a factor.

    No SFT = no commissioning.

    AF has AFIT,

    This is a grad program. 10 will get you 20 the Navy has it too!


    Our DS was non-tech. AFROTC scholarship.

    He graduated in 4 yrs.

    Dual major( Govt/Polical Sci)
    Minor(Internat Relations)
    Core Concentration.(Mil History)
    Internship on the Hill fo a Sen.(7 months)
    Scholars academic program
    Arnie Air Society,
    3.4+ cgpa 19 + credits a semester.

    You can do it all if you want. However the true question is what you want when you are 22. Navy or AF?
     
  5. USNFilms

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    No offense,

    but I'm not basing my decision for which ROTC i choose based off what they cover. So although I value the information you provided about air force life vs. navy life, that's not what I was asking about.
     
  6. Pima

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    No offense taken, but my point was/is if both allow it, than what would be your deciding factor?

    In that case, isn't it really about selecting your military branch?

    Additionally, IMPO, it really should come down to the branch. Many kids take the scholarship as a way to pay for the education, and when they go AD many question if the cost was worth it because they didn't really want to be in that branch in the 1st place. It just happened to come down to which scholarship was better.

    Your question was if you could do it? My answer was and is:
    Place the branch 1st because you can get your Grad degree using many programs in the military such as, AFIT or TA.

    You will not find an O5 in the AF that doesn't have a Masters. It is a must for promotion. Most will have a masters by the time they are an O4.

    If you don't know what AFIT is, the AF has their own grad school at Wright Pat. As an O1 your full time job will be to attend school. It is very competitive, but people go every yr. Thus, the question really is moot for the AF world regarding Grad school.

    There are many cadets that are in 5 yr programs, most are engineering majors, but understand the scholarship is only for 4 yrs. Your 5th yr is on your dime. This is why most cadets do it in 4 yrs. You would also need approval from HQ AFROTC. They typically will approve it if that is the mandatory time frame for the program that you said you wanted on your AFROTC scholarship application. If you switch majors and it requires more time, than that becomes IFFY.

    Out of curiosity, if you have an appointment to USNA, are you really going to go to BU over USNA, especially if you want to go to Grad school. The SAs have a ton of grad programs, including Rhodes. It would just seem that USNA would be a better option for you.
     

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