Now What?

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  1. ballsy

    ballsy Member

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    Hello all,
    I was awarded a 3 year AROTC scholarship on the second board. I have accepted the scholarship, and have completed the DoDMERB, my status of which is "Qualified" (I don't need any remedial or waivers). So now that I am qualified and ready to go, what should I be expecting / do? I will obviously enroll in AROTC when I sign up for classes this fall, but what do I do for my scholarship? I've kept all of my letters regarding the scholarship, but I am confused as to how the benefits will start kicking in my sophomore year (considering I pass the APFT). Will I have to talk to the cadre at my school and verify this? Any help is greatly appreciated, and good luck to all third round applicants!
     
  2. JS15000

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    I was awarded a 3 year from the 2nd board as well, and from everything I have read, including my winner letter, for us the scholarship will kick in our sophomore year, provided we pass the APFT first. We will contract, and we will begin to receive our monthly stipend. The battalion I will be in offers campus based scholarships, and that includes scholarships to non national scholarship cadets as well as possible increases for our kind of scholarship. From what I understand, if we were to get an increased scholarship to 3.5 years, we would just have to pass the APFT sooner. As for me, I'm working out a lot, and staying focused with school so I can show up in great shape both physically and academically. Best of luck to you
     
  3. -Bull-

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    They know you're coming and that you are 3 year AD, they'll take care of you when you get there. 3 year AD winners are held to the same standard as the 4 year folks. They will take your scholarship back if you do poorly your first year, nothing is guaranteed until you ink your name on the contract and take the oath.

    JS15000, I know your PMS. Passing the APFT will not be good enough to get an upgrade from him. PT is his sweet spot, and he'll expect atleast a 270, but closer to a 300, before you turn his head at all.

    If you plan on branching into one of the branches formerly known as Combat Arms, 270 is the standard.
     
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  4. runslikeajohndeere

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    https://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com

    Check out blog here.

    Concise snippets that quantify many ROTC experiences and leadership opportunities you could have for four years.

    BTW Get in shape for fitness tests... Good start for MSIs. One reason DS was upgraded to 3.5 scholarship.
     
  5. TooTall

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    ^^+1 to the work out comments.

    We have had a large percentage of freshman cadets with 3 year scholarships get bumped to 3.5 year scholarships. All had APFT scores near or at 300. Like Bull said, it does depend on your PMS. Strive for a 3.5+, 300 APFT, and you should be in good shape. Worst case scenario, you still have 3 years paid for!

    TooTall
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    You are going to need to have a 2.5 GPA also. That may not sound like a lot, but at an engineering school like Clarkson I've seen a few 3ADs take their eye off the ball and miss getting validated.

    Your PMS will actually validate you 3AD late spring after your freshman year.
     
  7. ballsy

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    Just to bump this, I confused about what I should do between now and the start of the first semester with my college I plan on attending. Are they notified by Cadet Command that I have accepted the scholarship to their school? I imagine it is more than me showing up the first day and saying, "Hey there, I won a 3 year scholarship". I have tried to contact the ROO, and they have been very busy as of late and I have been waiting on a response. Thanks for your help.
     
  8. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    In my case Summer is when I get my scholarship winners ready for the fall. I send them paperwork. Get them signed up for the class and give them their first PT test. I'm sure that ROO will be getting with you in a couple months at he latest. Your new battalion may conduct some type of orientation. At Clarkson we bring our new cadets in a day early.
     

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