Marine Corps Option NROTC?

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  1. Bellicose Affairs

    Bellicose Affairs Member

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    i was just wondering how many people can recieve the marine Corps NROTC option? Also do you need better grades for it rather than the regular NROTC? Or if you recieved in NROTC scholarship could you join the marines after college? Any information would be appreciated.
     
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    You will participate in the drills etc. that everyone goes through weekly plus taking the extra classes and stuff, but you will also have extra PT and extra drills that the Marine Corps guys go through. You will have summer cruises and eventually go to OCS as well.

    Have you accepted the scholarship? The college NROTC person should have contacted you by now, with more of the particulars - or you could call them to find out more.
     
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    There is alot of info on the Marine Option scholarship on this site. Scroll through the posts and you will likely find all your answers. The Marine Option scholarship is the most difficult scholarship to get. There is alot of competition and they offer a fraction of scholarships compared to the other services. As far as grades go, my advice would be (from my son's experience) to take the most challenging classes (AP) you can, play sports (team captain or other leaderhip posiition), stand out as a leader at school (Class Officer), take the SAT and ACT multiple times- and do well-(starting now) and stay out of ANY trouble whatsoever. Keep yourself in good physical shape and apply early. My understanding is there are only several hundred Marine Option scholarships accepted every year.

    Good Luck!
     
  4. Maximus

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    It's true that the NROTC-MC option scholarship is difficult to receive but the grade requirements are about the same as the standard NROTC scholarship. It's the number available that's the problem. I was quoted the number 600 (that might be 600 per board, not sure) awarded yearly by my son's Captain and they only seat two boards a year, November and February. The training is uniquely Marine and the PFT is slightly harder than most other branches.

    If you receive the NROTC-MC option scholarship number one, you'll know because you would have just finished your lengthy application process and made about a hundred phone calls to your Captain (Usually the XO of the local USMC Recruiting Office) about your PFT, grades, interview, scores and finally your status.
    Next you'd be notified of your top choice school and how to change the priority of those schools if it suits the Marine Corps needs. That school will call you and tell you what to do at that point.
    Then at graduation of High School, the Marine Corps will usually do a presentation at your schools Awards evening/day, and hand you a giant laminated check made out to you in the amount of up to $150,000.00. They'll do this even if you decline the scholarship, as my son did, (he took another one) and take pictures. Then you do 4 years of your college with your NROTC-MC Option requirements (class, PT each week and of course Summer Cruises) and then hopefully you'll graduate college in four years to receive your commission as a 2nd LT in the United States Marine Corps. Remember, you'll have an 8 year commitment, 4 years active duty and then 4 years of reserves. You'll then have about a month off of school after Graduation, and then be sent of to Quantico to TBS (The Basic School) and have your USMC Officer training fine tuned. After that it's off to the FMF (Fleet Marine Force) for the rest of your active duty requirements.
     
  5. NHUSNAhopeful

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    My son received a Marine option ROTC scholarship this year, and the description above pretty much fits his resume. He took the SAT 3 times and the ACT once. Being in good physical shape is very important. When he went for his fitness pre-assessment he could only do 5 pull-ups. The captain told him to try to get to at least 15 to be competitive. He worked at improving for three weeks and managed 13 pull-ups for the final assessment. He also improved his crunches dramatically. You can do a Google search for Marine Corps fitness information - there is a grading system they use that calculates your fitness level.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Bellicose Affairs

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    Thanks

    Thank all of you for all of the advice
     

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