In need of some NROTC/ROTC College Program (CP) information...

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  1. MK80

    MK80 New Member

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    Hey all,

    I have a few questions about the college program offered under NROTC and ROTC. I applied for an NROTC scholarship but sadly was not selected. No biggie, because I'm still going to do whatever I have to do to be commissioned as an officer.

    I've been reading up on what limited info there is on the college program and I'm a little baffled. When do I apply to the college program? I'm guessing I would have to apply anywhere from April 1st (when I hear back from my colleges) to June 1st (a date I saw for one college's CP application, not sure if that date goes for all colleges or just that one)?

    What is the application process like for a CP applicant? Is it the same as the NROTC scholarship application or is it quicker?

    One last thing, can I apply for both the Army and Navy's CP at UVA (using UVA as an example as it is my first choice school) like I can with the scholarships, or does an application bind me to one branch or something like that?

    Sorry if this is a little unclear, it's very late and I can't sleep.
     
  2. USMCGrunt

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    Sorry that I can't provide an informed response based on personal experience. It appears that the program is managed at the local NROTC unit level. I did a quick search and found some information on the NROTC College Program on these pages:

    http://nrotc.gatech.edu/prospective-midshipmen/college-program/
    http://www2.ku.edu/~kunrotc/College Program.shtml
    http://naval.dasa.ncsu.edu/general-information
    http://www.navy.iastate.edu/prospective-students/nrotc-college-program/
    http://web.usf.edu/nrotc/nrotc/NROTC-at-USF/Complete CP Application.pdf
     
  3. terp1984

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    To sign up to be a college programmer, just get in touch with the unit maybe early summer, fill out some paper work, sign up for the NROTC classes and be ready for 0-week. DS was a college programmer at UVA and earned a 2 year scholarship. He turned down USNA last minute and never applied for the 4 year scholarship. To commission you must get advanced standing or a scholarship by the end of year 2. Scholarships are available but you do need to perform highly. DS commissioned in May and is at NPS at Charleston working very hard but enjoying it.
     
  4. kinnem

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    USMCGrunt and terp1984 are correct. The only change I would make is that if you know you want to apply now, then I would try to contact the unit prior to May before people begin to disappear for the summer. The application forms are pretty pro forma. There will be a physical form as well, similar to what you might do for high school sports participation. Once you have been in contact they should send you some additional info including when to report for freshman orientation.

    AROTC and NROTC will be separate application processes. Unless there is some physical or criminal issue, chances of being denied are very slim although I'm sure it happens occaisionally.
     
  5. AJC

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    Does anyone know if a CP fails to receive a scholarship or advance standing can they them switch to AROTC?
     
  6. kinnem

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    I know from past posts that AFROTC cadets who are not selected for summer field training (advanced course) switch to AROTC. I therefore don't see why an NROTC midshipman couldn't do the same thing. If the midshipman is a Marine Option, then there could be time to investigate the Platoon Leaders Course as well and stay with the Marine Corps.

    Hope this helps!
     
  7. MK80

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    Thank you everyone for responding so quickly, you all helped clear up a lot of questions I had.
     
  8. AJC

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    Do you think the same holds true for switching to AROTC at the SMCs as well?
     

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