NROTC Marine Option Scholarship Chances

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  1. noiitamin

    noiitamin New Member

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    Just joined the thread because I have a few burning questions. Short story first so hopefully my questions make more sense: I have been planning on going into a career in Linguistics as a translator in the CIA. Earlier this summer I was contacted by my local Marine SSgt, about Marine opportunities. About two weeks later I got to meet with them, and they told me about this scholarship. I thought it was pretty interesting, but I think my chances are extremely slim in actually getting it. I filled out the application early, but by Oct. 1st I knew I wouldn't be ready for the physical part of the evaluation.
    I'm pretty fit, but my body was't ready for that kind of intense training just yet. My Recruiter said that it was fine, and that I could just submit my application at the regular deadline. I have other applications I'm filling out, so I was somewhat relieved.
    However earlier this week I was called by the person who apparently evaluates the applications in my area, and asked if I was still interested in the scholarship. I told him that the only thing really holding me back was the physical part, but he told me to go ahead and submit the application, and he scheduled an interview for the end of this week.

    Does anyone have something like this happen? I have a few activities that I was/am involved in, but wouldn'the fit in the activities section of the application except for Girls State. Also, I'm looking at Tier 3 - so even less of a chance of being accepted. I apologize this is so long this has been biting at me for a while.
     
  2. AJC

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    The PFT is usually done in conjunction with the interview. You will have an opportunity to re-take the PFT so it might be worth doing it just to see how you do.

    With the Marines the PFT is a big factor.
     
  3. Dadof2

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    Tier 3 should not be a problem for Marine Option NROTC. Don't worry about your chances of being accepted - they are zero if you don't apply. The more important question to ask yourself is "do I want to serve as an officer in the Marine Corp?" If this is your goal, go for it and be prepared to get in great shape.
     
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    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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  5. rocatlin

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    The Marine Option scholarship application is actually separate from the Navy Option.

    As stated, the Marine Option scholarship has no specific degree plan requirements.

    A popular major at my son's school is International Studies or Political Science. My son is minoring in Russian and his buddy is getting an emphasis in Arabic. This seems to fit the path you're talking about.

    Here is a good read about what the board looks for:

    http://www.thesandgram.com/2011/01/18/nrotc-marine-option-scholarships/
     
  6. noiitamin

    noiitamin New Member

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    Yeah... reading this I definitely don't qualify. I don't even know why recruiter is telling me to apply. I already have a school set aside that I can go to. Thanks for the link though
     
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    It doesn't hurt to apply, ever. It might open doors you were unaware of. You might also want to consider Army ROTC , especially if they have AROTC at the school you considering. You can also apply as any major, however they constantly have a need for critical languages. I suggest checking that out.
     
  8. rocatlin

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    You could apply and rerun the PFT later as you work on it. Obviously your judgement on how close you are on being physically fit enough -- i.e. how close you are to a first class score according to current MC PFT scoring.

    http://www.usmcofficer.com/physical-fitness/physical-fitness-test/pft-score-charts/

    There are 2 boards for Marine Option -- one in the Nov timeframe (a smaller board) and one in Feb/March timeframe -- the "big" board.
     

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