Non-scholarship ROTC Questions

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  1. DJ10393

    DJ10393 New Member

    Apr 5, 2015
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    Alright, hello and thanks for lending me some help. I'm 24 years old in a few months and I am a female. I come from a military family and for as long as I can remember, the military life has always been something I've wanted to do. A while ago, I learned that there was a college option that gave people the chance to become a Commissioned Officer and I've been doing nothing but researching it nonstop (so much so that I'm now having dreams). But even with all the time I've put into researching this topic I'm either coming up with blanks or contradictions (I don't live near the college I wish to go to, either).

    Once I'm accepted into my desired college, I hope to enroll in the non-scholarship ROTC program for the Navy. I've seen some people say that the age-cap is that you must not have passed your 27th birthday by the time of graduation, but then I see 30 year olds claiming on websites and forums that they're just now signing up for the ROTC program. Obviously, this is a conflict in information and I'm just wanting to get a clear answer once and for all.

    So, (1.) What is the age-limit for the Navy ROTC program? If there is any, are there any ways to get around this?

    I'm also wondering (2.) what gets a person disenrolled from the Non-Scholarship ROTC program? I know you have to keep your grades up and if you don't meet the Health standard you can be disenrolled, but is there anything else that can ruin your chance at becoming an officer?

    I also know that enrolling in the Non-Scholarship ROTC program doesn't always guarantee you become an Officer, so other then the obvious reasons (health and grades), (3.) how are Officer-hopefuls chosen at the end of a ROTC enrollment? I'm also wondering, if a person has great grades and excels at the physical/other demands is that enough to guarantee they will become an officer? If an entire class performs brilliantly in all areas, are all cadets accepted or does the board members then decide who to let go, even if they have all the credentials to become an officer?

    (4.) Can you enroll in the first year of college if you do not have a ROTC scholarship?

    (5.) If you end up becoming an Officer *without* a scholarship, once Commissioned, does the Navy pay off your College debt that you built up while in ROTC?
    Or is it required that you pay off your debt to become an officer?

    (6.) If you do not become a Commissioned Officer at the end of the ROTC program, can you enlist in the Navy and use another method to become an Officer?
    Does it hurt your chances of becoming an officer if you are not Commissioned through ROTC?

    That's all I can think of right now. But thank you for all your time and help.

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