Former Active duty Navy to AROTC

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  1. jgr626

    jgr626 New Member

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    Im former Navy and am going to college to finish up my bachelors degree. I have been in contact with a gold bar recruiter and expressed my interest in ROTC. I told him I am more interested in commissioning than the scholarship. My question is with the drawdowns what are my chances of being able to do this being older and having an arrest on my record? I told him about the arrest and everything was dropped and I have no criminal record and he said I should be good.
     
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    Being older will not affect you at all-- there have been several "older" people that have gone through my school's program quite successfully, many being in their late twenties, some in their very early thirties.

    As long as the arrest was removed from your record and you have NO criminal charges, this will not be used against you.

    If you have a decent record from your time in the Navy and have been accepted to a school with ROTC, you can join the program without competing for the scholarship. As long as your grades stay up, your PT looks good, and you're performing within the program, I'd say you have a great chance at being contracted, maybe even offered a scholarship.

    Side note: This is not intended to offend anyone, but Gold Bar Recruiters are essentially brand new 2LT's waiting to be sent to their first training... they generally have no expertise in recruiting or specifics on contracting, scholarships, etc. There should be a higher-up who is the scholarship/admissions officer for the program who is the ideal POC for this type of thing. Good luck!!
     
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    Yea my record is clean and no criminal charges and have and honorable discharge with an re-1 code which is good. I was wondering about the gold bar recruiter because he seemed to not know much. Thank you for that I will look to contact someone higher.
     
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    Good luck! Let me know if you need any other help or have any other questions!
     
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    Roger that. Thank you
     
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    The Gold Bar Recruiter is just a freshly minted 2LT that is waiting to go to BOLC, they won't have all the information you need in regard to joining ROTC but they are a good start.

    A lot is going to depend on what the arrest was for how it was dropped. The Army will see everything including the original charge. The issue becomes whether they feel you would be able to obtain a secret clearance, which is required, you may need a waiver.

    Try and talk with the Recruiting Officer at the battalion and see what steps if any you will need to take. I can assure you that this will be an issue, it may not be a big issue but it will need to be dealt with.

    Best of luck
     
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    The arrest was for an alcohol related incident however the charges were dismissed and everything expunged from my record. I was able to stay in the navy and kept my secret clearance I aleeady held.
     

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