Full Circle

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  1. wisbang35

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    I joined this forum eight years ago, when my then 10 year old boy expressed an interest in West Point. About three years ago, we learned of the Senior Military Colleges and he set his sights on The University of North Georgia and the National Army ROTC Scholarship. In my further research, I realized he would be disqualified for absence of one or both testicles, headaches requiring medication, and asthma. I asked Jcleppe if DS should give up, to which he wisely replied, "he would never know unless he tried," or something similar.

    Last June, my son applied for the scholarship. In filling out the application, a big box came up that said "you are disqualified from the ROTC scholarship because you have too many college credits," something else I was prepared for, as I had seen it on this forum. This box also said, "you may continue on with the application," so he pressed on. November 19, 2016, we learned he had won a four year scholarship on the first board! He then went through the Dodmerb process, and quess what? He was disqualified for two of those three issues; the asthma we cleared up without a disqualification. We jumped through all the hoops and submitted everything, then waited three and a half agonizing months for the medical waiver, which came on my birthday!

    I joined the amazing North Georgia Cadet Parents page a couple years ago, after we toured the campus and ds attended the National Leadership Challenge Weekend at UNG. The last two summers, I looked at pictures and videos of FROG week, for brand new cadets, on the internet, hoping someday that would be my son.

    This Friday, we leave for Dahlonega Georgia! My son's dreams have all come true. My point in all of this is, don't give up. Don't presume something isn't possible, until those in charge tell you it isn't possible, then find another way, or choose a new path.

    This forum has been invaluable in our process, as I was able to guide my son with all the information learned here. I want to thank everyone here, especially Jcleppe and Clarkson. You are all awesome!
     
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    Two of the best!
     
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    I can't wait until you come back in (4) years after he graduates and commissions as an officer. If you think you're happy now (and I know you are, I've been there....twice), you're going to be blown away and swelling with pride during the commissioning ceremony. One of the happiest days of my life for sure!!
     
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  4. AggieWill

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    Great post, and congrats to your DS (and family too!)! It amazes me how invaluable this forum is (and the folks that support it). I suspect there are hundreds (maybe thousands over the years) that give up/screw up because they didn't find this place and it's wealth of great info.
     
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    Thanks k2rider. I plan to stay here throughout. I enjoy reading everything and keeping up with stuff. And, just maybe, I can help someone too!
     
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    I forgot to mention: I began talking to Pay It Forward here about three years ago, when her son was a Freshman at UNG. She helped me a lot with specific UNG information. And now she is one of the most instrumental people on the North Georgia Cadet Parents page and we have chatted by text for months. It really is a small world! Her son is now a senior and I know he will be a great mentor/cadre for my son!
     
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    My brother is a graduate of UNG!! This a great story! I am so proud to read it, you just made my day!!
     
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    So happy to hear it has all worked out, now the fun begins. Congratulations to your son.
     
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    Congrstulations to you and your son!!!, Im starting the process and Im very nervous my DD wants West Point, but she will apply to ROTC scholarship too. I have a question, maybe you can help me: my DD is in dual enrollme t High school & College, means by next year when she apply in Spring of her Junior year she will have a lots of College credits and be disqualified? , how did you manage this?, she is a High school student working so hard to be the best in each way, academically and athletic, any word of advise will help me a lot. Thanks!!
     
  10. wisbang35

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    If she has more than 15 credits (if they haven't raised the number since last June,) the big scary box pops up saying "You are disqualified, but you may be able to continue the application." Just push forward and complete it. If a scholarship is awarded, you just fax the acceptance letter from the school of choice to Cadet Command. The first letter that came for my son from UNG only said accepted to the school, so my son just contacted the ROO at the school and they sent us a new letter that said accepted as a Freshman student. Once we forwarded that to Cadet Command, that cleared the way to accept the scholarship.

    I agree with you that they work so hard to take hard classes, only to be considered disqualified. The ROO at my son's school said Cadet Command is really going to have to address that number (15) Thanks to this forum, I knew to expect the DQ, and we knew to keep going. Many may just quit the application because they don't know how to get around it. You are in a good position by being on this forum. The people here are amazing! Good luck!
     
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    Use the box at the end of the application to note that all schools you have been accepted to are accepting you as a freshman.
     

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