NROTC College program question

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  1. terp1984

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    DS is in 2nd semester and has applied for the 3 year scholarship but has heard they are almost non-existent for the upcommming year due to funding. If he doesn't get the scholarship he will continue the 2nd year as a college program NROTC. The question is- can he still get a comission if he never gets the scholarship due to funding and be asked to leave or is there an alternative route. He is attending a top public university and has the highest gpa in his year , a tier 2 major and great PRT's. CO said in the past almost all programmers recieved the scholarship but times have changed.
     
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    I've heard from many sources that a College Programmer who does not receive a scholarship can apply for advanced standing. The College Programmer would be payed $400 a month for 20 months. They are required to serve for a minimum of 3 years. I don't know how hard it is to be awarded advanced standing these days.

    May I ask which university your son attends?
     
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    terp1984,
    I feel your pain...I'm in exactly the same boat with my DS. It's disappointing and frustrating.

    Kat
     
  4. USNA2015Candidate

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    Is this current situation permanent or just for this year? I'm currently applying for USNA and NROTC and haven't heard a word from either one. My backup plan is to be a College Programmer at Penn State. What you guys say has me worried though. I don't want to bust my butt in NROTC and then be asked to leave. The idea of not being guaranteed a commission is not a very pleasant one. I really don't care about the scholarship or the money, I just want a commission.
     
  5. terp1984

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    College Program Question NROTC

    Several of the mids left due to low gpa and no chance for scholarship. Hope the funding situation is temporary but I would guess year to year. I thought somone on these boards with alittle more insight might chime in. DS 's goal is to become a naval officer so he will do whatever it takes if the options are there.
     
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    Funding should not be an obstacle to receiving a commission, so long as you do what is required. The real question is whether you will get an active duty slot. If the military is trying to cut active duty officers, this likely will only be offered to the top performers. A scholarship is not a prerequisite to either commissioning or active duty.
     
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    Another question...Is it the same with the SMC'S or do they automatically qualify to commission because of the type of school? (providing they meet the standards)
     
  8. scutrules

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    Although I did not receive a scholarship, I still plan to attend a school with College Program NROTC (right now it sounds like either Loyola New Orleans or U Tampa). I know I will be able to maintain above a 3.0 GPA but how well do you actually have to do to be selected for Advanced Standing (currently, I am not concerned about the scholarship money itself, but more of the security it offers). If I am not selected for a 3/2 year scholarship, is there still a high chance to be selected for Advanced Standing and to be commissioned? Also, does the school have any effect on your chances (like will attending Cal Maritime lower my chances of Advanced Standing because so many people at the school do NROTC (and its host campus is Cal Berkeley)?
     
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    Contracted cadets at SMCs automatically qualify for active duty by law (don't expect Congress to change this by 2015, but who knows), so long as they are medically and physically qualified and are recommended by the PMS:

    (e) Assignment to Active Duty.—

    (1) The Secretary of the Army shall ensure that a graduate of a senior military college who desires to serve as a commissioned officer on active duty upon graduation from the college, who is medically and physically qualified for active duty, and who is recommended for such duty by the professor of military science at the college, shall be assigned to active duty.

    (2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Secretary of the Army from requiring a member of the program who graduates from a senior military college to serve on active duty.

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode10/usc_sec_10_00002111---a000-.html

    Unlike SAs, actived duty is not REQUIRED, however.
     
  10. USNA2015Candidate

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    This is news to me. So you are saying that if you are never put on scholarship or advanced standing then you are not guaranteed active duty? If you are not put on active duty then what are you put on? Will you eventually be put on active duty?

    Another question I have is do College Programmers get the same opportunity to choose their service selection as a midshipman on scholarship?
     
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    To review budget for NROTC 4 year and side load (progam) 2011 -2012 Scholarships, go to NSTC (Naval Service Training Command) web site - NSTC directives and review the following PDF.

    NSTCNOTE 1533 - NROTC Navy Option Production Management Strategy for Academic Yr 2011-2012.pdf
     

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