Marine NROTC

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  1. 44softball22

    44softball22 New Member

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    Hi I'm currently a junior and high school and I'm interested in doing marine nrotc in college however I don't know a lot about the whole process. I'm interested in applying for the 4-year scholarship however I'm planning on joining regardless of if I get it or not. I have a few questions:
    1. Should I get in touch with a recruiter?
    2. I have roughly a 3.4 GPA and an ACT score of 25, do I even have a chance at the scholarship?

    I really do not know where to start. So any information would be helpful!
     
  2. kinnem

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    The only way you don't have a chance at a scholarship is if you don't apply. There's a lot more than academic scores involved in the scholarship, but you should try to improve your ACT and GPA to the best of your ability. You might also try the SAT as some folks do better on one than the other. Leadership, athletics, extra-curriculars, etc all are part of the picture when awarding a scholarship.

    Google is your friend. I suggest you search for NROTC Scholarship. The first link in the search results should take you to the official NROTC web site. Devour all the information you can find there.

    You might try contacting a recruiter but many recruiters will simply try to get you to enlist. Don't do that. You should try to contact the Officer Selection Officer (OSO) for your area. Hopefully the recruiter can put you in touch with him or her.
     
  3. USMCDad

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    agree with Kinnem.

    I will share that when my son started down this path, he filled out the on-line "request info" from the www.marines.com website. He was first contacted by the local recruiter for initial screening (i.e. ever been arrested, have a drug problem? mock ASVAB for baseline etc). Basically, the local recruiter is the first screener...and yes, they did they did to encourage him to consider enlisting....just stay focused. Eventually he got linked to the officer recruiter and that's mainly who he worked with from there on...

    Last, search through some of the other posts. At least two of us had sons that got selected after their first semester freshman year. Showing that kind of committment is important and the Marine Option NROTC staff appear to have some influence in the selection process.
     
  4. USMCGrunt

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    44softball22: Yes! You have a chance. Don't talk yourself out of it. As Kinnem says, the only sure way to guarantee you don't get a scholarship is to not apply. That said, you do want to try and strengthen your GPA and standardized test scores. You also want to get in good shape and prepare for the physical fitness test.

    You do not need to get in touch with a recruiter. When you apply, they will get your name. However, my DS's high school was called on by a pretty sharp recruiter and I know my son used to speak to him about the USMC, questions, etc. As others said, just don't agree to enlist to "strengthen your application" which is an approach some recruiters like to use.

    There is a lot of information here and on the internet. Learn about all the commissioning paths to learn about.

    This forum now has a nice combination of members who have USMC experience. Feel free to post questions and we will get back to you.
     
  5. hardknock96

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    25 is the average if I am not mistaken, better be decent in your PFT,GPA and activities though.
     
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