How to schedule PMS interview?

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  1. zachcleigh

    zachcleigh Member

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    Hello to all!
    As I'm sure many of you already know, the AROTC scholarship deadline for the 1st board is on Oct. 2nd. I've been trying to schedule my interview via the provided phone numbers from the scholarship portal, but have not been able to get in contact with a pms. What should I do?

    Also my school system has the last week of september off on break. Can i do my interview during this week or will the interview not be able to be submitted by the pms before Oct. 2nd?

    Thank you very much in advance.
     
  2. k2rider

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    Since 42 people have looked at your post and not posted, I'm going to take a stab at this (but times may have changed). When my kids were going thru the process in 2009 & 2011, they called the PMS at San Diego State because it was the closest school with an AROTC unit. If I was you, I'd look up the number for the ROTC unit at the school you want to interview at and call them directly to ask for the PMS. Explain to him (or her) that you have tried to reach them thru the portal with no luck so you took matters into your own hands (shows that you are assertive and can move on to Plan B when Plan A didn't go as planned).

    When my kids did their interviews, one of them had their portal updated within 3 days and the other took about a week. I have no idea if that had something to do with the PMS' actions or how fast/slow Cadet Command was inputting the information. Good luck in your quest!!
     
  3. zachcleigh

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    K2rider,
    Thank you very much for your response. I will try finding a number for any of the battalions in my area and see where i get from there.

    Thank you
     
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Google is your friend during this process. I recommend you always try the ROO or enrollment officer first at a Battlalion. No answer, try the secretary, and if all else fails try the PMS...usually the secretary will answer.

    Recommend interview at one of the schools on your list, preferably one near the top. If distance is a factor recommend smaller schools if possible. Recommend avoiding interviews at SMCs.

    The date is going to hinge on the availability and flexibility of the PMS (or whoever he's delegated to do the interview). Would suggest if the PMS is not flexible, then maybe that person is not the best person to interview with.
     
  5. Karen359

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    Hi,
    My DS had the same issue this year and he ended up interviewing w/ his 1st choice that was not on the list. Mostly because it was summer and none of the choices listed were returning calls. He emailed the contact us link on his portal and let them know he was interviewing w/ someone not on the list. They responded back quickly saying that was fine. Hope this helps
     
  6. zachcleigh

    zachcleigh Member

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    thank you all!!!
     
  7. AJC

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    Clarksonarmy,
    Why avoid interviewing at a SMC?
    Even if it is first choice?
     
  8. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    In my opinion if you interview at an SMC you are going to be one of many, and usually one of many like minded applicants. I suspect the interviewers at SMCs are a little tougher scorers because of the volume of applicants they see.
    Just a theory I have. If an SMC is your number one, and you feel like that's the best place to interview, then good luck.
     

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