Marine Option - LOR

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  1. cvilltn

    cvilltn Member

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    A couple of weeks ago S completed interview and application for NROTC Marine option. Not sure if his package is still with the Recruiter/Cooordinator, or forwarded to the board.
    A current Marine officer has offered to write him a letter of recommendation. Anyone know what the "To:" should be? ie, President of the Board, etc.
    Also, where should the letter be sent? Directly to the board? If so, where is that, or to the Coordinator?
    Thanks.
     
  2. SCcandidate2015

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    Call the recruiter and ask him if he still has the application.

    For the "To," I'd probably put "ROTC Selection Board."
     
  3. USMCGrunt

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    I haven't heard about anyone including "extra" letters - only those called for by the application process. So the following comment is just an opinion not fact or even anecdotally based.

    I wonder if it might "backfire" for candidates to try and include extra items not specifically required in the process. I can see a reviewer stating: "Where is the attention to detail? We tell them exactly what to provide!"

    I suspect that unless the LOR came from an extremely high level officer, the letter would carry little weight. These levels know how to work behind the scenes.

    Now a suggestion. Rather than provide a LOR, I suggest the officer could call the Officer Selection Officer (OSO) who conducted the interview. If the file hasn't been submitted yet, he might be able to add something that the reviewing officer could use. If it has been sent to the review board then let the process work as is.

    It seems to me that if everyone who had a military connection started submitting LOR's, the board would be deluged by additional material of questionable value. Pretty soon, a LOR would be meaningless.

    I look forward to hearing what others on the forum have to say.
     
  4. SCcandidate2015

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    I agree with USMCGrunt. I highly doubt they're going to accept something that isn't asked for. But, it wouldn't hurt to perhaps ask. I also agree that it won't have much bearing unless the officer is at least an O-7 or so, though.
     
  5. enived2

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    Very valid points. My DS's ROO specifically asked if we knew any Marine Officers who could write a LOR. We have family members that were Army officers but he said don't bother...it should be a Marine Officer. the ROO took it upon himself to attach his own LOR to our son's application in addition to his teacher recommendations. I am sure it is up to the ROO that is submitting the app. in any case, it did not affect his app in a negative way - he got the scholarship! good Luck to you!
     
  6. ckwitzel

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    Extra LOR

    My sons NROTC MO Scholarship Coordinator had him submit his LOR from a retired Navy Captain directly to him. He then included it in my son's package to go before the board. The letter was addressed to the Scholarship Coordinator. The Coordinator also required the Captain to complete the required evaluation form. The Coordinator said that he could only include one of these extra LOR's and that it must be sent to him in order to be included in my sons package. Hope this information helps.
     

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