Letters of Recomendation

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  1. ASticks

    ASticks Member

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    I submitted my application in time for the first board and was not accepted but now that the results from the second deadline are pending I am wondering what I could do for a possible facing of a third board.

    I saw the father of an old ex-girlfriend who has served in the US Army since the Kosovo conflict and I believe he is a Staff Sergeant. Anyways, he offered to write a letter of recommendation if I may need one. I told him I was thankful that he would do that for me but I was unsure if it would not have an effect.

    So my question is, if I sent in some letters of recommendation from a few friends I have in the military, would that make any difference at all in my application? I could send in letters from friends who are Sergeants in the Army to a Colonel in the special forces.

    So what is your opinion on this? May it be a viable factor for an already submitted application?
     
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    The Army ROTC application process does not require or accept letters of recommendation. There is actually nobody to send them to. Unfortunatly any letters that you send would not be seen by the board.
     
  3. ASticks

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    Well that answers that haha, thank you for the speedy reply.
     
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    not quite true. Letters of recommendation are posted. Your problem is that you have already been boarded, so unless something changes drastically in your status you won't change your score, and your file won't be relooked at. You can send letters of recommendation to your scholarship processor (the person indicated on that first letter you received from Cadet Command), but it won't do you any good. The only way a letter of recommendation could have helped you, would have been if that letter was seen by the board members, and they took that into account when they scored your file. For now you've got what you've got, and you need to hope for the best and plan to attend school and enroll in ROTC without the scholarship if you really want to be an Army Officer.
     
  5. dunninla

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    for the sake of others who look at this thread, it is important to understand that effect a letter of recommendation is NOT, contrary to popular opinion, based on the high status of the recommender, but rather, on the depth of knowledge that the recommender has of the applicant.

    It's probably something like 80% depth of knowledge, 20% rank/status.

    A letter from a sergeant who has seen you lead a group of students building a house in Costa Rica on summer break has a lot more value to a Board than a letter from a full bird Colonel who's son played soccer with you and who can really only comment that you come from a fine family and seem to be a fine young man.
     

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