NROTC College Program question?

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  1. cra139

    cra139 New Member

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    How selective are NROTC units when it comes to college programmers?

    I was fortunate enough to receive an Army ROTC scholarship, but I plan on enrolling into NROTC as a college programmer instead. I'm paranoid that I'd be stuck in a void where I didn't get accepted in the NROTC unit and I dropped my scholarship for AROTC.
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    I'm sure Kinnem will pop on here and give some great information soon.

    You must really want the Navy....just remember the old saying, "A bird in the hand......"
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    I agree with Jcleppe on "a bird in the hand", but much has to do with the quality of the bird. If it's a turkey but you had your heart set on goose, then perhaps you should skip the turkey. Nevertheless you should think hard about declining a scholarship unless you and your folks are close relations of Warren Buffet. When you're hungry a guaranteed meal of turkey is more filling than a hypothetical goose.

    This is just my opinion really as I don't have a whole lot of insight on this. However, my impression is that as long as there is room in the unit, you will be accepted. Since you won the AROTC scholarship I'm confident you meet the minimum requirements. There is an application that must be completed which I'm sure you can find online (at least in general form - see here to get an idea: http://www.sc.edu/nrotc/content/Documents/collegeproapp.pdf). You will also need to complete a physical with your own doctor that is similar to what you might do to participate in a high school sports team.

    If you plan to pursue this then you should contact the NROTC unit at the college you will be attending ASAP. They can give you more info and probably a better heads up on the chances of being accepted. You can also get the ball rolling on all this including finding out which classes you will need to enroll in at your college, which you will no doubt do early summer as part of your freshman orientation.

    Keep in mind there are NO guarantees. Competition for in-school scholarships are national and the average stats of awardees are equal to or better than that of USNA appointees. If you don't win a scholarship then you must achieve advanced standing by your rising junior year. Again, that is a national competition as well. Much will depend upon the needs of the Navy at each step. You will have to work hard but probably no harder than if you wanted to excel in AROTC.

    I'm sure you've discussed this with your parents, but if you haven't, you should. Finances are important and can trump all, but I do understand about following your heart.

    Do you plan on pursuing Navy Option or Marine Option? I primarily ask because Navy Option will require 2 semesters of Calculus and 2 of Calculus based Physics. These subjects aren't everyone's strengths so I point it out in case it influences you decision. The only math and science requirements for Marine Option are those imposed by your college's core requirements.

    Good luck! :thumb:
     
  4. Sampia

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    Is getting a scholarship for the Navy influenced by the program you're going to in college? Do they not prefer technical degrees? I believe what the Navy is looking for is quite a bit different than what the Army is looking for. The marine option is different than what the Navy itself wants--ACT/SAT scores, GPA, etc.
     
  5. terp1984

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    Did you receive a full tuition scholarship? You need to ask yourself what do I want to do in 4 years. The Army and Navy service selections(jobs) are very different. If you don't like what the Army offers, and you can afford to take the risk of not getting a scholarship go on as a college programmer. Work your *** off and get a scholarship. There are a number of posters on here with kids that have earned a sideload scholarship and the stats seem consistent. Perform at or near the top of the unit, have a 3.5+ gpa and good CO recs. My DS turned down USNA to be a college programmer. He eventually earned a 2 year scholarship and commissions 1 month from today. There were certainly stressful times wondering if he would spend 2 years as a programmer and then get disenrolled because the Navy didn't need more officers. Luckily it all worked out.
     
  6. kinnem

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    You're certainly correct about the tiered majors for Navy Options. Nevertheless they still take 15% from tier 3 majors and if they spot an excellent, capable leader in the program there's a chance of getting a scholarship regardless of major. For Marine Options they don't care what your major is.
     

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