NROTC and Service Academy Questions

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  1. Guy

    Guy New Member

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    Hello everyone. I finished the application for USNA and I am currently working on plan B. I was wondering if anyone could answer some questions for me.

    First I know some materials can be used for the USNA and NROTC applications. Which ones and how would I go about doing this?

    Second, if I do not get into the academy this year I plan on applying again next year. Were I to get the NROTC scholarship, would I be able to leave that to go to the service academy or is it like the 2 for 7 where I would only be committed after 2 years?

    Thirdly, I know that on the Academy website they say they take transfers but everyone must complete 4 years there, but does that apply to NROTC transfers? Since whether you are at the academy or not you are still a midshipmen, would you have to start over as a plebe or would you keep your rank?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. NavyHoops

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    Yes you can leave NROTC for USNA if appointed. If you are a scholarship recipient you can walk from NROTC after your freshman year with no pay back. There are some who complete 2 years of NROTC before being appoint and I believe a waiver must be obtained, but I have never heard of one being denied.

    You will do 4 years regardless. Everyone starts as a Plebe regardless of what one did prior to coming to USNA. Your credits won't transfer like a traditional school. Essentially you would be starting over. Check out USNA's website and old threads on here regarding validation.
     
  3. Norfolk63

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    You can ask USNA to send information to your NROTC coordinator. For example, DS is a 4yr NROTC scholarship recipient who had USNA send his CFA scores to NROTC. Also, NROTC coordinator accepted his BGO interview. It all depends on your NROTC coordinator, really. USNA staff is ready, willing and able to help. You can also resubmit any letters of recommendation that you sent to USNA.

    As for "transferring"... not really an option. All incoming plebes start at the bottom. This does not mean you must repeat a course you took elsewhere. If you can validate a course then you will start at a higher level. But you will be required to put in four years at USNA. Hope this helps. Good luck!
     
  4. Guy

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    Thank you for the replies. @Norfolk63, when the information was sent to the NROTC coordinator, was this reflected in the NROTC portal? I'm curious so that when get the information sent I know what to look for.
    I don't mind the idea of starting over and doing 4 years, my questions are based purely out of curiosity.
     
  5. Norfolk63

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    Not sure about your portal question; DS took care of the details. The NROTC app process is different than USNA. It consists of a combination of web-based forms and PDF forms which your coordinator will email to you and expect you to scan and email back. Make contact with your coordinator and work out the details.
     
  6. Mman5247

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    USMMA should be part of your plan B. You can commission from there into any service branch. The application is relatively easy. The only reason not to apply is if you were dead set on a liberal arts major. At USMMA, there are two basic majors: Marine Engineering (like Mech Eng) and Marine Transportation (like business major +).
     
  7. Guy

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    @Norfolk63 I just received an email today from the coordinator so I will be getting that done in the near future. Thanks for the information.

    @Mman5247 I never really considered the USMMA. The setting of USNA just appealed personally to me much more. Though I know nominations for the USMMA work differently than the other SA's that require them, I've already had some of my nomination interviews. My final interview is coming up and when I filled out the application I marked down that I was only seeking a nomination for USNA so it is too late to change that. Luckily so far I've already received a nomination for USNA. Thank you for the idea though.
     
  8. Mman5247

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    Guy, my advice is that you do some serious research and not rule out options based on the appeal of the campus. The nomination requirement is the same (minus presidential and NJROTC unit options). You can call your nominators, even after the fact, and ask that you be considered for USMMA for 2nd choice. I'll bet that at least one of them will be happy to give you the nomination, as long as they are not oversubscribed. Don't wait though.
     
  9. NavyHoops

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    Yes USMMA can be a great option. Great school. Make sure to do your homework as the school has a unique mission set, academic requirements and training schedule. The USMMA thread has tons of great information out there. And yes there are lots of commissioning options out of USMMA, especially on the Navy side. As always the needs of the services are first and foremost when it comes to commissioning, so just because you may request a service and field doesn't mean it will happen. Just like anyone who attends USNA, you should want to and be willing to serve as a SWO, USMMA attendees should be prepared to serve at sea in any of the capacities that exist (again tons of great threads on this). Make sure to read the threads over there to learn about the school and options available. USMMA is not for everyone, just as as any other SA might not be for another person.
     
  10. Guy

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    I realize my response to looking into the USMMA appeared dismissive. That was not my intention so I apologize for that. By setting I was referring to yes the campus but also the people, sports and majors. I will definitely do some more research into the USMMA thank you for the suggestion.
     

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