new AFROTC cadet. Entering as a 200?

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  1. Adelita

    Adelita Member

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    I am a student at a school with an AFROTC detachment. I am a rising sophomore and intend on graduating in the spring of 2015 with a degree in nursing. I spoke with the cadre around February about joining AFROTC and I was encouraged to do so. I filled out all of the paper work my last week on campus in May and I enrolled in AS2100 back in March.

    When speaking to the unit admissions officer he seemed really excited about me joining. I asked him what my chances of getting an EA would be because I am pushing my graduation back a semester by joining, and not completing the program would be a waste of time and money. He was a bit surprised by my question (apparently other students don't really look into the program) and he told me that with my stats he was 95% sure I'd get an EA if I could pull a 95+ on the PFA.

    Now, I'm wondering if what he said was true, and if anyone could tell me how far behind I'll be this upcoming semester and what I can work on this summer. I know a cadet in the program (I met him in a spanish class I wasn't supposed to be in and didn't know he was in AFROTC until after I decided to join...had to be fate right??) and he is willing to help me with drill and uniforms and stuff.

    I'm really serious about becoming an Air Force nurse, my parents think I'm crazy, but my brother who is an active duty soldier thinks it's a great idea. I really want to be the best cadet I can be, show the cadre that I really want this.

    GPA: 3.39 (was a 3.46 in February but I took on too many hours this spring)
    ACT: 30 (only took it once never took SAT)

    I'm only taking around 13 hours this semester so I should definitely be able to pull my GPA up

    Any input is welcome :smile:
     
  2. Let'sGoFlying

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    AFROTC

    Even if your a nurse, make sure you take rigorous courses for PT and try to exemplify leadership, commitment, teamwork, honesty and other good traits that you need to become an Air Force Officer for the US. Also, look into the AF Academy. With a great GPA and of course taking clubs (like Scouts, CAP, etc) that show you are a well rounded and committed person, you may get in.

    Great things to do for PT are:
    Push ups (50)
    Sit ups (as many as you can but 100 is good)
    1 mile run (be able to do at least a 5:50)
    Yoga
    Be involved in sports in high school
    etc.

    14 year old student pilot i H.S.
    Plan on going to the USAFA and AF

    Hope this helped!
    Let'sGoFlying
    Varsity Track and X-country
     
  3. kinnem

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    uhhhh, she's a sophmore IN COLLEGE!
     
  4. aglages

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    Nursing isn't offered at USAFA.
     
  5. aglages

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    Nurses are in high demand by all the military branches.
    If the people that will recommend you have told you that you have a good shot at getting EA then I would suggest that you keep your GPA above 3.2 and PFA above 95. If you really want this then it should be worth working VERY hard during the next year to impress the cadre at your Detachment.
    Good Luck!
     
  6. Pima

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    No offense to anyone, but listen to Agagles, he speaks from personal experience when it comes to Nursing and AFROTC.

    Now take my opinion and throw it in the circular filing cabinet.
    PAR:
    ~~ Nursing major is an asset
    ~~ Your cgpa as a nursing major is strong
    ~~ Your ACT is strong

    PAR is a big % of the WCS for EA.

    ~~ PFT is also a chunk of that WCS. If you can pull a 95, I would feel confident. I would stress to continue to do better because PT in AL in July is not fun when it is 98 degrees with 90% humidity.

    I am sure he said 95% positive because right now no CoC knows the numbers for next yr., and at that time he needed to verify what you were stating to him as fact.

    I would feel very comfortable with his guidance.

    One thing I know almost every unit does for PT training is butterfly kicks, 1 arm push ups. Use the summer to work on that. Also use the summer to run in the rain, the heat, the early morning.

    The reason why is simple, if you only run when it is fair weather and no exhaustion, it will be a factor on how will you perform. If you are a night owl at school, wake up at 5 a.m. and do the PT test, because that will be reality in the fall. If it is raining outside run! They don't cancel PT for rain. Times slow down while you are wiping water off your face. If it is 98 degrees outside run!

    Very rarely does weather impact them for the PFT test, it has to be major weather. The more you get accustomed to training in all sorts of weather the better you will do when you have to take the test.

    Follow the test to a tee. That means if it is only 2 minutes between portions, take only 2 minutes. Ask your family to assist in making sure the form is correct. ROTC cadets will be sticklers. If your form is wrong it will not count and you are now wasting your energy.

    Good Luck, you will do fine.
     
  7. Adelita

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    PFT

    Thanks Pima and Agagles I didn't know how I stacked up compared to other nursing majors. One thing I am really worried about are pushups. When I initially did the sit up test I was above the minimum and if I keep working on them . consistently I can probably max out. I hate running but I know I can do that in a reasonable time(I really want to max out because my pushups are so weak). I got my waist down to around 30" before school let out and I've been exercising since I've been home. I just can't seem to get these pushups down. I used to pump out 3 sets of 20 everyday a few years back when I was on the track team but they're near impossible these days. I need to do 18 minimum and I can barely do 2 now. Any tips?
     
  8. JeRDLe

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    Do pushups until you cannot feel your arms anymore, and cannot physically lift your body - not until it hurts to do them. You should be able to keep going well after the pain starts.

    Do your pushups, take a short break, do them again, short break.

    Work on them over the summer - and your arms should feel dead/numb when you wake up tomorrow morning.
     

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