Freshman orientation and ROTC units

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  1. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

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    Just a quick question. DS just completed freshman orientation. He tried to contact the ROTC unit but no answer and no one representing the unit was around the school. Does this seem odd? I would think all of the ROTC units would have had people available to answer questions and the such. What have others experienced? Thanks.
     
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  2. goaliedad

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    Everyone must by away at training, I guess. My recollection from 3 years ago, was that they had a table at the EC event. More for attracting walk-ons than for the already committed. Just the one SSGT running the show.
     
  3. USMCGrunt

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    I don't think it is necessarily odd. These are full-year jobs and during the summer the units experience leave (vacation), temporary duty assignments, transfers, training assignments, etc. Sure, I would have expected someone to be around but I am sure there was a good reason.

    Don't let that cloud your judgement. I am confident that the unit is manned by incredibly responsible, hard working service members and civilians.
     
  4. kinnem

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    Matches my experience. People are leaving to return to the fleet. People taking over havent arrived. People ate on temporary duty assignments. DS's units freshman advisor was in Afghanistan when we finally reached him by email over the summer. Keep working the phone and email.
     
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    Not odd at all. Summers get busy with training, and when not training cadre take a lot of leave they can't during the school year.
     
  6. JMS

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    I agree that all the things mentioned could surly be the reason. Our experience with DS (an Army 3yr AD) was different. DS received a few emails from the cadre before the orientation season began. Among other things, they asked him to arrange to meet with them during the orientation session he selected. DS did that and was given an appointment convenient to the rest of the orientation schedule. They walked him through a lot of the class scheduling paperwork and ran through how the MS classes and PT etc all worked. They took at least an hour...perhaps 1.5 hours with him (and his parents.) Yes, many people, especially the students, were not around due to training or having left for summer breaks, but it was not a vacant building. DS will be in a large unit, which may make it easier to cover the place during the summer.
     
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