Is it too late for me to join ROTC?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Gentry, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Gentry

    Gentry New Member

    Mar 10, 2013
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    Okay, so, even though I still have hope of appointment to either the USNA or USAFA, I've kinda started to sweat after not hearing anything for so long. I'm currently a high school senior and am triple qualified at both academies with 4 nominations. I know what I want to do with my life, though: become a commissioned officer in the military (probably Air Force), and become either a pilot or member of the JAG Corps. I just now went to the official Air Force ROTC site and requested information.

    My backup plan this whole time is to attend the University of Oklahoma. Its already a great option. I have two big scholarship offers that say I don't have to pay tuition and will give me $2,500 a semester. I know a lot of people join ROTC for financial reasons, but for me I was never worried about paying for college, and I just want to serve my country at my absolute best.

    I guess what I was wondering is... is it too late to join OU AFROTC? I'm pretty sure the opportunity for a Type 1 scholarship has passed, but can I still join OU ROTC to eventually become a commissioned officer in the US Air Force? I know I should have applied back in December of my senior year, but I just thought I could go sign up for ROTC at any time. My research seems like this is not the case though.:confused:
    Thanks for your help!
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

    Oct 21, 2010
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    You can still join AFROTC (or NROTC for that matter) as a College Programmer - that's someone who is doing xROTC without the scholarship. I'm sure there are details on the various ROTC web sites. In the meantime you should contact the unit at OU to inquire about the details of getting started. Do it now. I expect they have contact info at the unit's web site.
  3. Thompson

    Thompson Member

    Dec 11, 2012
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    You should be able to join ROTC, however you are too late to apply for an AFROTC HSSP - remember ROTC is open to all students for the GMC courses. However, to advance into the POC courses, you need to be contracted - which you need both GMC and POC to commission (and to include selection to SFT).

    So, no it's not to late to join! In fact if your appointments fall through, I would recommend you give the cadre at OU a call (and if possible to meet with them in person) to let them know that you are interested in their program.
  4. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Nov 28, 2007
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    s other have stated it is not too late. When you go to your college for orientation and sign up for classes schedule ROTC into that too. This is why it is also important to contact the det.

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