Graduating with a masters and comissioning as a captain?

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  1. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

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    This is specific to AROTC. DS's school has a program where it is possible to earn a masters degree in 5 years. Assuming the big green machine allows him to do the extra schooling is it possible he would comission a captain? DS and some of his AROTC buddies are at our house for a few days during spring break. This topic came up and all were convinced this is possible. Any input/thoughts? Thanks.
     
  2. Jcc123

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    No, not possible. A master's degree doesn't allow you to skip two ranks.
     
  3. mbitr

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    The only time you'll ever see initial entry officers come in at an advanced rank is when they are entering one of the professional branches. Lawyers, Doctors, Chaplains, etc.
     
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    The other thing to keep in mind is that an ROTC scholarship is only allowed to pay for one degree by law. If the program confers a bachelors degree and then the next year confers a graduate degree then an ROTC scholarship is not going to pay for that last year. Additionally, to be allowed to defer entry to active duty for additional schooling requires an ed delay. To get an ed delay you need to be going to law school or medical school or semenary, not getting an MBA or masters in history.

    They stumbled upon the direct commission option, which mbitr is referring to. Not for ROTC cadets.
     
  5. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Moderator

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    Not to mention having a brand new Infantry Captain who has never been a platoon leader is just a hot mess waiting to happen. Those unique ones like medical, chaplain, lawyers are different career fields and can do things like that.
     
  6. SPM

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    Clarkson -- do you know if Physician's Assistant school could also qualify for an ed delay? I realize any delay would need to be approved -- but just wondering if that would be considered under the medical banner? Thank you!
     

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