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Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by Clara, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Clara

    Clara Member

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    Hello✌
    I was wondering if I can get some information on The Citadel. It's a long way from home so I only know what their site tells me. Can someone tell me what the campus is like? What are the people like, do they have a social life? I am not so sure about this but do the girls also have to cut their hair really short? Lastly I really would like to know if the school has a successful academic curriculum?
    Also Can someone can share their experience at the Citadel to help me get a better understanding of what it is like?thanks to all who answer my questions.

    -Clara
     
  2. Strength and Honor

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    There's a video on YouTube that shows a day in the life of the Citadel's regimental commander, and there's another that shows a day as a battalion commander as well (female, btw). I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure females have to keep their hair up to military standards.

    The biggest question is why you want to go there? If you're worried about having a social life or having short hair, you should really think twice about going to an SMC.
     
  3. Lawman32RPD

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    Sent you a PM
     
  4. Clara

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    Well thanks for the advice. BTW I am not worried about cutting my hair or not having a social life. The reason I want to know more information about The Citadel is because I want to service my country while getting a proper education. If I didn't know it's what I want to do, than I wouldn't of asked.
     
  5. Strength and Honor

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    Then it's the place to go! Most of the SMCs are great for engineering or computer science if that's what you're in to. VMI only has like 18? majors, but the Citadel and the other SMCs offer a lot more. What do you want to study and what branch are you looking at?
     
  6. Clara

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    I think I want to study criminal justice it's always been something I was interested in. I want to be a JAG Officer in the Air Force, but I haven't thought of what school would be the best to do that. Do you think the Citadel would be a good place for what I want to do? Btw I know you can't be a JAG right away and it takes a lot of further schooling but what SMCs would be a good start?
    Thanks!:)
    - Clara
     
  7. CitadelGrad

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    Regardless of the school that you eventually attend, it seems that majoring in English might not be your best decision.
     
  8. Lot115

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    El Cid is great. Come here! We have an Honors College which is excellent. You apply online and then come out for an interview. Merit scholarships are offered. PM me if you have any specific questions. I am a junior, female, athlete, and part of the Honors College.
     
  9. Clara

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    It is undoubtably hard to write a paragraph on an iPhone, regardless of that you shouldn't judge someone on just one post. Despite that thanks for you opinion.
     
  10. Lawman32RPD

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    Each of the SMCs have their particular strengths. Visit the various schools if you can, and do your own research. Between the sundry search engines, YouTube, and the host of specialized sites relating to colleges (College confidential, Unigo, College data, Student Prowler, etc.), you can learn a lot. Contact the various schools; I believe you'll find most are pretty open and forthcoming relating to their respective programs.

    I didn't attend an SMC and I wasn't in the military. That said, I've been involved in aspect of public safety for the past (OUCH) 40 years, since I was 17. Man that stung! Anyway, as a cop, as a volunteer firefighter, as an EMT, and for the past 25+ years as a federal prosecutor, I do feel qualified to offer an opinion about law school and criminal justice as those subjects are something I do know a bit about. 25 going on 26 years sigh.

    As for law school, it requires a four year degree. Unlike our brethren in the medical field, most law schools really don't care what you majored in. I've known folks with engineering backgrounds, French majors, accounting majors, criminal justice majors, English and Poly Sci majors - well, you get the idea. Law school is about getting you to "think like a lawyer", mostly because law changes from day to day, and is different from state to state (think wills, estate, what is a marriage, divorce laws, contract laws, what constitutes a confession, etc.) - in marked contradistinction to a femur which remains the thighbone wherever you are.

    There are thousands of law enforcement agencies in the United States, from 1 or 2 person "departments" to the thousands in the LAPD or NYPD, or the Department of Homeland Security in the federal system. They all have their own hiring requirements. Some want a high school diploma, some want an Associate’s degree, and some want a bachelor's degree. Some of the "boutique" agencies have some specialized requirements (think of wildlife sciences for Fish and Game type agencies, accounting majors for IRS Criminal Investigations, etc.). That said, most of the ones that require a bachelor’s degree don't care what you major in, the degree itself is the "filter". I worked with one FBI agent who had a PhD from MIT in aeronautical engineering, and Bureau agents who didn't. Some FBI and other feds have law degrees, most don't.

    This isn't to suggest that you don't major in criminal justice - you find the art that speaks to you. You find the school that speaks to you. I've worked with lots of JAGs, some on active duty when an investigation involved military equities, some as reservists or Guard members in one or another of the offices, some as co-workers who had been JAGs. I worked with lawyers who were, or who have been, Air Force JAGs, Army JAGs, Navy JAGs, Marine JAGs, and Coast Guard JAGs. Their undergraduate degrees, and the institutions they got them from, are as varied as the country is large. To go to law school, do well as an undergraduate in a school you are comfortable in, and which you can afford. Law school is becoming more and more expensive.

    If you are still in high school - have some plans but take a cue some of the great military theorists. No plan survives the first contact with the enemy; and to be victorious, know not only your enemy (think goal) but also yourself. For a prospective college student – expect to change your mind. Life happens, plans change. Get a good education so that you’ll have options as the time approaches to make decisions about careers, about possible graduate school paths, about finding your way and your dream.

    This is an exciting, once in a lifetime, time of your life. I wish you the very best.
     
  11. kinnem

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    +1 to Lawman. That was my sentiment and I wanted to reply but thought I would wait for someone more authoritative than I to start it, as I don't have a law degree and never attended law school. Here's what a website had to say on the topic:

    My own DS majors in history. Lot's of research, critical reading, and writing. He's taken some public speaking courses and of course, is a leader in his battalion. Although he has never expressed an interest in a law degree it certainly would not be out of the question to change his mind and reasonably aspire to getting one.
     
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  12. HonorDutyCountry

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    Good luck to you~
     
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    you can call toll free to speak to a member of the admissions staff who will be happy to answer any questions you have (800) 868-1842 ext. 1
    First year females have to keep their hair short but upperclass can have any length as long as it is not touching the collar - same standard as the military services. There is an excellent Criminal Justice program and there are numerous graduates who serve in police and sheriff departments as well as government agencies like the FBI, Secret Service and DEA. You should make the effort to visit Charleston and see the school, also try to find any local alumni or cadets you can talk with.
     

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