LOA's and Scholarship

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  1. tonythetyger

    tonythetyger Member

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    So here's my dilemma, any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    As a four-year scholarship, MSI, AROTC cadet, I've been having trouble participating in ROTC activities (PT, MS class and Labs) due to a lack of transportation to my host unit. My school is approximately 50 miles away from the school whose battalion I participate in. During the first semester, I had the luck of running into another cadet who agreed to carpool with me. That cadet is now graduating early.

    I am currently in the process of procuring my driver's license as well as car, though I worry that I may again fail my next road test, which is only a few days before the spring semester begins. My problem is compounded by the fact that I am attending an OOS Private school whose tuition I cannot afford without the scholarship.

    My question now is, is it possible for me to take an LOA (reschedule another road test if I fail this one) for two weeks to a month whilst maintaining my scholarship? I understand that under an LOA, all benefits are suspended but will being away for such a short period of time affect my tuition scholarship as opposed to only the monthly stipends? Thanks!
     
  2. ROTC2015

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    If all else fails, ruck to your host school.
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    It's going to be up to your Battalion, but if you go on LOA you won't receive your benefits for the semester, so I'm not sure why you would do that. I don't think LOA is what you are looking for. You need to talk to your cadre about your situation and see if there is an alternative (if they can work with you). Not a good situation. You are getting paid a lot of money to participate, so you are expected to be "at work". If you can't you shouldn't be getting paid. You need to start looking into taxi, public transportation, or paying someone to get you back and forth.
     

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