NROTC marine option

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  1. mustang995

    mustang995 New Member

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    i am looking to join the Marines and want to join the NROTC. i have had a 3.7 GPA my freshman, sophomore and junior year. I have over 250 hours of community service every year. I have leadership skills but not much to show. my PFT score is low but is getting better every time i do it. I still have weight to lose, but have lost over 50 pounds to do this program. What i want to know is if i have chance in making it into the NROTC program. thank you
     
  2. BarrettaM59

    BarrettaM59 Member

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    PFT

    PFT is key in the Marines. The XO in our recruiting district said that he never had met someone that made a 300 on the PFT that didn't get the scholarship. Academics and major choice are secondary. The XO does your interview in the Marines. The interview is very important. If he/she suggests you do something, do it.

    Good luck.
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    BarettaM59 is correct. Keep working on that PFT. It is extremely important for Marine Option. They have the most demanding PFT. My DS ran and ran. Worked on pullups (started at less than 10). Crunches were never a problem for him. The pullups were the toughest. To work on that he crosstrained. Did rock climbing to improve those back muscles. Bicycling. Swimming. Weight lifting. I think he did 271 on the PFT for his scholarship application and didn't get it (although I don't think PFT was the reason). By the time he arrived at NROTC MO Freshman Orientation as a College Programme,r he was at 294. Today he just did his perfect 300 for his final PFT official score this semester (17:47 3 mile run). It just takes determination and hard work. You need to score very high but you don't have to ace it (although if you can that's even better). As you can see from DS they can work with you on PF as long as you have a good base to work from.

    Also, you should take a look at their BMI rankings to see what you have to shoot for on that front. Losing 50 pounds is very impressive but you also need to make sure you're within their BMI ranges. Team sports are important too and I assume you just overlooked mentioning it. You can get the scholarship without it, but it offers opportunities to demonstrate leadership (team captain) as well as being a team player... and Marines are team players... or they're not Marines. (OK.. maybe I overstated that a bit but it's certainly their ideal).

    Good Luck!
     
  4. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    No kidding. And to give you an idea of the mindset of Marines regarding pt, I ran a 17:31 for the 3 miles during my pft for the scholarship application. I ended up puking all over the ground as soon as I passed the finish line. :barf: The response of the Marine NCO who was timing me: "Yeah, get it out. That shows effort." :rockon:
     

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