NROTC 4/C Ask Anything!

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  1. JPEagle

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    Hello, I am currently a 4/C Midshipman in NROTC at a public university. As the semester is closing for everyone I just wanted to offer some insight into any questions as I know we are approaching that high stress time of year once again (I was there last year) and I want people to have the most information they can about all the future options they have. I may not be able to answer your questions exactly but I will try my best :rolleyes: I'm here to answer whatever whether it is about college life, NROTC, or something related. I was a candidate last year for both USAFA and USNA so if anyone has questions dealing with those I can also try and answer them!
     
  2. Sampia

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    That is a very nice offer. Keep checking back
     
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    How frequently and for how long does your unit have PT? What school are you attending? What has been the biggest challenge about NROTC or college in general so far? What activities does the unit do together? How large is the unit and is everybody close friends? Would you have preferred an academy to NROTC? Thanks for doing this Q&A!!


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  4. JPEagle

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    My unit has PT Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the semester. Sessions start at 6 a.m. officially but as a freshman expect to arrive by 0530 to complete various house cleaning activities... Do not sleep past your alarm and be late because if you are absent at muster time a party will be sent to knock on your dorm door and find you! PT is over by 7:10 almost everyday because some mids have 7:30 classes. I would say the biggest challenge so far for me this semester is time management. The good thing about NROTC is that while your day is somewhat more structured than that of a normal college student, you still have lots and lots of free time. Granted between class, study hours, and much needed social time you will remain busy especially at the beginning of the semester as you figure life out and how to balance all of your activities, your schedule definitely eases up by the end. The unit usually tries to do an evening meal once a week for anyone that wants to attend, it is not mandatory but it is a great time to relax and learn from the upperclassman, all the while chowing down on a hamburger or some wings. The unit will encourage freshman to hangout and build class camaraderie early to ease with the transition to the new lifestyle. Personally I got lucky and my class meshes very well together and we hang out a lot outside of set up unit activities. We go downtown to see movies, grab some chow, and just get away from the college stress. The unit is fairly small with about 50 mids. Close friends is an interesting concept. You will only become close friends with other freshman your first semester. This is because everyone is your superior and you will treat them as such with the proper respect they deserve. Upperclassman though while they are not your hanging around buddies will make sure to ask you how your day or classes are going and crack jokes to keep you motivated. You get the feeling that honestly they are there to help you in whatever way they can. Looking back now I would definitely choose NROTC all over again, but that is just me. Everyone is different but I really enjoy the unit and the ability to have a normal college lifestyle outside of the one hour a day I am doing battalion activities. For everyone that is interested in NROTC keep in mind that because it is not a full immersion into the military lifestyle you are still able to separate the two worlds and can escape the stress of military life for an evening to recharge and be able to hit it again the next day with a 100%! As for what school I go to I would prefer to keep that my secret. :thumb:
     

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