I Can't Contact ROTC Representive Due to Family Issues... Need Help Please

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  1. Arya100

    Arya100 New Member

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    I do not want to be too open, but I will say as much to frame my situation. My parents did not grow up in America and they cannot see a woman serving her country in any way. If they found out, I can honestly and purely say I do not know what will happen to me. For this reason, even though this has been in my sight since sophomore year, I have not made any contact with this forum, a recruiter, or representative.

    Since I turn 18 in 3 months, I believe I can bury this email till then. I have been accepted into UCONN and plan on attending. Because I have known I want to do ROTC for years, I have been looking into the AFROTC at UCONN.

    My biggest question is: What would be the recommended course of action be from here?

    From my research, I am aware that I can start off as a non-contracted cadet. If I were to get in contact with the UCONN detachment now and express my interest for the program and a scholarship, how would the process go from there? Would I register now at the end of my senior year and starts a few weeks before college actually starts.

    My biggest question is how would I secure a scholarship and how should I approach this task?
    How early could I get a scholarship in college?I am aware that there is a recommendation required and that it depends on availability.
    Does anyone know how competitive it is at UCONN. As of now in highschool I have a 2290 SAT and 4.66 W (3.8UW). Would this count for a getting a scholarship in college, if not, what is the basis of qualification in freshman year.?
     
  2. hawk

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    Can't speak to ROTC scholarships for UConn. But your sats are very much in scholarship range for many of the colleges I know of.

    You can usually find the various Merit Scholarships on the financial aid page of most college web sites. Most of the ones I'm familiar with all have tier based Merit Scholarships based on sats and gpas, plus others that are more subjective.

    You can also usually talk to a financial aid representative by telephone and they will explain their offerings.

    Good luck with your quest, and thank you for your desire to serve.
     
  3. 5Day

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    You already have taken the first step. Post here on ServiceAcademyForums and ask for advice. :)

    You have probably already done this, but go the UCONN AFROTC site http://airforce.uconn.edu/ and study it. There seems to be useful information for new students on their site. Also read up on AFROTC College Program. The college program is where non scholarship students join a AFROTC Detachment.

    After you have an understanding of the program from the information available on the web site, call the Detachment. Let them know you are interested in joining as a college programmer and find out what you need to do.

    Others can provide better information on getting a scholarship, but If you perform well you could qualify for a 3 year AFROTC scholarship. In addition UCONN is now providing scholarship money to cover some of the Room and Board costs.

    Although in 3 months you will be 18 and you will be able to make your own life decisions, you need to figure out how you are going to explain to your family why you want to serve your country as a military officer. They deserve that respect, you cannot just sneak behind their back because at some point they are going to find out. If would be much better if you did that and they didn't find out some other way. It will probably be a difficult conversation, but if you do not have it you will regret it in the future.

    Best of Luck
     
  4. Arya100

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    Thank you so much for your advice. I do have a few more questions. I should probably just ask someone from ROTC, but I would like to know as much as I can before I make a call.

    As I was researching online, I came across something that said ROTC gets on campus a week before everyone else for training etc. Is this accurate information? If I were to get in contact with the detachment before senior year is finished, do you think I would be able to participate in this?

    Also, what is the possibility of getting a scholarship? Grades and performance aside, according to todays economy, positions available etc.
    If I were not to get a three year scholarship, what is the chance of contracting? Do many people get contracted(%)?

    And yes, family is definitely a complicated issue. It only gets more complicated when you are only seen as an object of marriage. I sat down to have this conversation with my parents 5 months ago I cannot repeat what came of it. I was warned not to pursue this track or that I would be sent back to India (which trust me is like going back to a living hell for women). I believe that some cultural boundaries cannot be breached with a conversation. I am simply trying to take my life and my goals into my own hands.
    I have been told by my counselors and everyone I talk to, to have a conversation with my parents. I have tired and the advice really is great. I just know that my parents were raised in such a way that conversation over this topic will only lead to a dead end.

    This is something I have wanted to do for the majority of high school. This goal is something that allowed me to weather through family politics and everything in between. It would make me beyond happy to finally get there.
     
  5. 5Day

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    If they have an orientation program it is my belief that you would be more than welcome. (I am much more familiar with NROTC where all Battalions have a new student orientation, I am not sure if AFROTC has the same)
    Getting ROTC scholarships is getting harder, not easier, but it is all about performance. Do well in school and in your unit, and win that scholarship.
    Last night I attended the Alice Paul Equality Awards Banquet http://www.alicepaul.org/. Totally opposite vibe you are getting from your family. There mission to empower women and teach leadership to young women is admirable. It is great that you have already tried to get your parents to listen, that is all you can do, and you should have a clear conscious. Hopefully your outstanding performance will make them proud and they will come around to see it your way.
     
  6. Arya100

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    Thank you and it means a lot to me that you have said that. I constantly question whether I am doing the right thing in all this mess. To finally hear from someone else that I should "have a clear conscious", It makes me feel more relived than rationally acceptable.
     
  7. AJC

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    One thing you could do if you plan on going to school and joining ROTC without a scholarship (you will be 18 by then) is to train for the PFT.
    If you have a good 1st semester GPA (3.5 per better) and do very well on the PFT you will put yourself in a very good position to win a campus scholarship.
    In fact with your stats, being female and, possibly, an under represented minority, if you were to max your PFT I am sure they would take notice.
    Do you speak an other languages?
     
  8. Arya100

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    I speak Telugu. Its one of the languages in India. Hindi or Urdu would have been more beneficial in term of the needs of any branch.
     

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