High school JROTC

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  1. Cwolfpack137

    Cwolfpack137 Member

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    So I have heard on other forums throughout the web that JROTC doesn't really help at all with admissions. I haven't asked the question on these forums so I might as well give it a shot, does your JROTC ran give you any leeway in the admissions process? I'm talking about Company commander and up * that's army btw* Right now I'm a captain and will probably be a battalion commander *lieutenant Colonel* next year if I stay on track.

    My second question is this. I'm having to sacrifice jv track for the drill team after school activity in order to get this rank. I'm a junior with two varsity cross country letters and I did jv track last year. If I don't do track this year and next year and instead do drill team, will my new rank senior year be worth it or should I just do more jv track? Thank you all in advance.
     
  2. Cerberi

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    Track
     
  3. md403

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    you might be surprised as each SA looks at it differently. Also know that if your unit is "Distinguished" your Commander can recommend for SA's as well.
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  4. Cwolfpack137

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    Yeah I am part of a distinguished unit. I herd something about I would get my instructor to get me a recommendation or something
     
  5. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

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    I'm in AFJROTC and the unit I'm in was a distinguished unit my freshman, sophomore and junior year but we didn't get the distinguished unit award my senior year so I wasn't able to get the ROTC nomination.
     
  6. Spud

    Spud BGO

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    Just belonging to a JROTC unit and wearing a uniform is not of any value. It is the acceptance of responsibilities, the carrying out of duties, the organizing of people and of being held accountable for tasks that is the value. These all play into the demonstration of leadership that your BGO would be interested in. Some candidates can demonstrate that in sports, some in a job, some in clubs or volunteer organizations, and some in JROTC. So you are right in a sense that JROTC as an organization does not do much for your application----it is what you DO in that organization that counts. So, back to your original question: Track or JROTC? The answer is both. It is not a "either-or" situation. While at the Academy you will be expected to do athletics and military together as a matter of course at a lot tougher level than now. If you can't do it now you can't do it at the Naval Academy. So you don't make rank.....so what? The Academy wants to know what you did in JROTC, not what rank you make.

    And finally, a 4 year track runner with varsity letters and fantastic times interests the USNA track coaches and they have an input to the Admissions Board. As of yet there is nobody to pump for a red hot drill team member.
     
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  7. Cwolfpack137

    Cwolfpack137 Member

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    How far can that take me anyways?
     
  8. Spud

    Spud BGO

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    I am afraid I don't understand the question.
     
  9. Cwolfpack137

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    That nomination from my JROTC honor unit. Sorry about that
     
  10. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Could not have said it better than Spud put it. Also, work with your JROTC instructor to balance sports/JROTC duties...I am sure if you tell them you are applying to a service academy and that BOTH JROTC AND sports are important for your package, they will understand and may make accommodations for your rank.

    Also, note...only NJROTC units may nominate to USNA EXCEPT for distinguished/honor JROTC units. So if you are in Army/AF JROTC, your unit MUST be a distinguished/honor unit to receive a nomination to USNA.

    I believe only 20 appointments (nationwide) can come from JROTC nominations per year.
     
  11. Cwolfpack137

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    Thanks my question was answered and then some. I really appreciate all of the feedback. I'm sure this'll help me in the long run. Again, much thanks
     
  12. ahaven7

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    I was the company commander of my NJROTC unit and had to make the same sacrifices as any other commander- my word of advice DO JROTC AND WORK HARD! the experience is absolutely like no other- itself may not hold too much value in the extra curricular piece of your application but it will help for other pieces especially your leadership potential and when writing essays or getting interviewed.
    It's going to help you out more than some can comprehend, across the board.
    Do what you love and will help you the most in the long run. Jv track is not going to weight that much, that I would do it over trying to be battalion commander
     

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