Finally ...CONTRACTED

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Ohio2015Parent, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Ohio2015Parent

    Ohio2015Parent Member

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    :thumb:Just wanted to share my DS's success with a group of people who understand what "being contracted" with AROTC means(without a 10 minute explanation...:wink:).

    This has been a long awaited honor that many of you have been hearing about since the January 2011/March 2011 board threads. I sincerely appreciate all of the support offered here as DS has worked his way through the National Guard/SMP process.

    Also, for those who were not offered a scholarship, yet, please think carefully about Guard/Reserve/SMP options in your state. This path isn't straight or guaranteed, but for my DS it has allowed him to keep his dream of serving the United States Army as an officer alive.

    The journey now continues and since he's a little wiser and understands now a little more about selfless service it will hopefully end in a successful commissioning in spring 2015.

    Thanks again for everyone's support, SAF - a lifesaver for ROTC newbies like me!
     
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  2. -Bull-

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    Congrats to your son! From what I can tell, very much deserved.
     
  3. kinnem

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    Congratulations to you both!
     
  4. Jcleppe

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    Kudos to the newly Contracted Cadet.

    Tell him not to spend that new Stipend money all in one place.

    Congratulations!!
     
  5. FlyingWildcatDad

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    Congrats, I am glad everything turned out good for him. I know from reading your past posts it is much deserved. You will probably be the go to person on this forum for advice on the SMP program. :smile:
     
  6. TN Mom

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    Congratulations to you and your son!
     
  7. tug_boat

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    Congrats! Strong work.
     
  8. ZAROTCZ33

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    Congrats!!! trying to sift through the details of joining the national guard and ROTC. Any advice? It would be greatly appreciated
     
  9. NorwichDad

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    Great News:thumb:

    Congrats
     
  10. paradoxer

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    A++++ for patience

    Dancing in the streets now I bet.
     
  11. Ohio2015Parent

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    Best advice -- keep in touch with your ROO and I hope your school is comfortable with the Reserve/Guard units close to school and/or where ever your are assigned.

    DO NOT join the Guard/Reserve if you are not willing to serve the contract you sign with them. The rules changed very quickly as DS found out when the orginal offer of almost unlimited SMP contracts was reduced to 16 for his year group(there where approx. 45-50 competing for these slots). So, many of his MS1 friends now find that they are not going to be offered a ROTC contract and will serve their original obligation.

    Also, since Guards are state based make sure you are talking to someone from that state - your ROO and a recruiter close to campus - if you are considering out of state schools.

    Be flexible. DS has already seen a lot of changes and some of them were out of left field. His favorite is for six months his recruiter told him he'd attend BCT at Ft. Jackson, SC - wrong - recruiter must not have ever really read DS's orders. DS is on the bus on the way to the airport - looks in his packet and notices that his flight is to Atlanta, GA. Everyone else is to SC. Takes out his orders (first time he's been given the chance to read them) and sure enough, he's on his way to Ft. Benning....BCT is BCT, but when he and his friends compared notes afterwards, "relax'in in Jackson" was very true compared to the Benning experience. So, stay flexible and be prepared for everything to change on a dime.

    Hope the January and March boards bring good news to you, but if not, SMP isn't a bad backup plan.
     
  12. Packer

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    Good to hear Ohio. Congratulations to your son!
     
  13. EDelahanty

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    Congratulations to your son and best wishes for him going forward.
     

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