It happened!

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by sjba16, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. sjba16

    sjba16 Member

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    DS applied for National Scholarship and sadly did not receive it. He went ahead and spent his freshman year as a walk on... hoping to compete for a campus based scholarship. Nothing came through for him or the others, (we all know how tough it has been). He decided to keep with it and see what his upcoming MS II year would bring. I'm happy to announce his LTC offered him a 3 yr AD scholarship!!!! We head back to his school in a few days and are looking so forward to seeing him contract.:smile:
     
  2. kinnem

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    Congratulations. That's great news! Determination and Perseverance pays off. Good luck to your DS.
     
  3. bjkuds

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    :thumb::thumb::thumb: Awesome
     
  4. Pima

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    +1 to TPG's post.

    It is scary and happy because now the levity of that commitment is reality.

    It is strange how all we want when they are applying is for them to have the "congrats" letter, and once they get it, our mindset changes to, do they get what signing on that line really means. That commitment for yrs.

    He will do great, he has already proven to his unit that the $$$ was not why he stayed in AROTC. He stayed because he wants to be an Army officer. Money is a great motivator, but desire is still the best motivation.

    God Bless, God Speed. Thank him, you and your family for making this sacrifice to serve our great nation.
     
  5. Ohio2015Parent

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    Congrats!!:jump1::jump1:
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    Congratulations to your son.

    This along with a few other posts recently seems to follow what has been written in previous articles that Scholarship awards may be starting a new balance between National Awards and Campus Scholarships. It will be interesting to watch and see if there is a new trend in scholarship awards.

    I have to echo TGP's post, it is surely a scary/happy moment. My son starts his second year in a week and we talked about how it all becomes much more real now that he will be obligated, he is very excited as I'm sure your son will be.

    You get the urge to place them in bubble wrap. I’m sure you’ve had the discussions as most parents do but now they carry much bigger consequences. Alcohol infractions, MIP’s, MIC’s, and above all DUI’s can derail a cadet on the spot. Such an incident not only removes them from the program but also incurs a payback of all scholarship money, even a traffic violation with a fine over $250.00 can have consequences.

    Now is the time to celebrate, just make sure he understands the new obligations he is about to sign.

    Best of luck to your son, he has cleared that first hurdle of getting a contract, the scholarship is a great bonus. Now that he is contracted he can complete for summer training slots for this summer. Another thing, now that your son will be contracted, he will be eligible for CULP, if your son is not familiar with the program he can look it up or talk with his cadre. The application process for CULP starts early in the first semester, it’s a great program open to only contracted cadets. My son participated this summer and had a blast, it is a great opportunity.
     
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  7. sjba16

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    Thank you for all the well wishes for him.

    He has seen a few fellow cadets dismissed from the program his MSI year. He understands the commitment he is making and knows the consequences a wrong choice can bring. I have spent many hours keeping up with the happenings here on the forum and utilized the wisdom from you in the know to help him understand this commitment and reach his 1st goal of becoming contracted. For this I give you all much "Thanks".

    Tomorrow we begin the 19 1/2 hour drive to school. Best wishes to all your children making their journeys back.
     
  8. Pima

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    OMG 19 1/2 hr drive...:eek: I get cranky just thinking about taking our DD back to school and it is only a 4 hr drive each way.:rolleyes: I couldn't imagine 19 hrs each way. Safe travels and best wishes.
     
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    My DD left this morning to start MSII year... 24 hour drive.
     
  10. Pima

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    Just when I thought 19 hrs was bad, 24 hrs? What is that a 2 day+ drive each way?

    Sorry, but I have to ask...with the cost of gas today, why the decision to drive @ 5 days and not put them on a plane? I understand clothing, linens, etc, but still wouldn't it have been cheaper to store them at a storage unit near the college over the summer, or ship their things?

    Maybe I got it wrong, and DD has a car of their own they are taking back so you are not driving with them.
     

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