NROTC Scholarship

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  1. ahaven7

    ahaven7 Member

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    I'm currently applying for the NROTC scholarship and have everything competed just haven't submitted yet because I'm waiting to see if I'll add anything more as I intend to volunteer a lot these upcoming weeks.

    My question is with everything done for the navy option NROTC scholarship, including my evaluations and interview.. If I wanted could I still change it to marine option? I understand the only difference between the applications is the essays and that the marine option requires an English teacher evaluation instead of math.. Even though I already have all my navy option stuff done, what would happen if I changed it to Marine? Would I have to redo my interview or get all new recommendations? Anyone ever experienced this? Any help or advice! Thanks!!
     
  2. NavyHoops

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    Doesn't the Marine Optiom require a full PFT monitored by a Marine and Marine interview?
     
  3. USMCGrunt

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    Austin: two completely separate applications. You pick one or the other. There is no "switching."

    NavyHoops is correct. Once the application is completed, there is a Marine officer interview and a PFT required.

    Good luck.
     
  4. rocatlin

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    As it has been stated -- 2 applications.

    If you want to be a Marine Officer, I encourage you to go all in now. There are only 2 selection boards and you will be scrutinized for how much you truly want to be a Marine Officer. Don't go for the scholarship as a way to pay for college, go for it as a way to start your career.

    I will add there is an opportunity to "switch" the type of scholarship (MO to Navy/Navy to MO) when you get to school. I will also add the switch to Marine Option, as I hinted earlier, will be evaluated by the AMOI/MOI very intensely. The switch can be done on paper and in practice -- but expect to go above and beyond for the AMOI and MOI at the school to show your sincerity and ensure them you didn't waste their time. One of the questions that is rightfully asked is why the midshipman didn't pursue the Marine Option scholarship to begin with. Very tight competition.

    Good luck on your path.
     
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    You need permission to switch once you've gotten to college. The unit doesn't make this determination. It's at a much higher level.
     
  6. rocatlin

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    I didn't mean to oversimplify the path from Navy Option to Marine Option as far as a scholarship switch. Those that requested that switch in my son's unit were looked at carefully by the AMOI/MOI team. The actual request gets forwarded to Marine Corps Recruiting Command with the endorsement of the Professor of Naval Science.

    Excerpt from NSTC M-1533.2
    7-4 Change of Option, Navy to Marine MIDN
    1. MIDN can request a change of option from Navy to Marine in
    writing per standard Naval letter format. The request must
    enclose a current transcript and a degree completion plan.

    2. The PNS shall endorse the request and forward it to MCRC
    (ON/E) for the current selection boards review. MCRC will
    notify NSTC OD4 of approved selectees and, if approved, NSTC OD4
    will enter the appropriate changes into OPMIS
    .

    Again, while it can be done the best path is to success is to be "fully in" on the Marine Officer path up front. The switching the scholarship request is by far the risky path.
     
  7. ahaven7

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    Thank you all for the input. It has always been a tough decision for me between the Navy and Marine Corps, I love both options and would be happy with both. No other branches of service have ever stored such interest and compassion in me as these two do.
    I need to think about my career path and how I can serve my country to the fullest.
    Thanks for all your input guys. Really helps me out!
     
  8. DeskJockey

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    If you would be happy to serve in either the Navy or the Marine Corps, I think it may be a better strategy to apply for the Navy Option. Assuming that you have competitive stats, your odds of getting a scholarship are probably higher - as Marine Option scholarships are a much smaller component of NROTC. Assuming you get a Navy Option scholarship, you get to "test drive" each of the various service options (Surface Warfare, Subs, Aviation, and Marines) during CORTRAMID (summer training after the first year) and you will have the opportunity to apply to switch to the Marine Option - or stay as a Navy Option if you decide that it is a better fit for you.

    I also think your choice of major is an important factor. The odds of getting a Navy Option scholarship are heavily against you if you do not choose a technical (Tier 1 or 2) major. If you are going to major in a non-technical field, your chances may be better if you pursue a Marine Option scholarship.

    The other thing to keep in mind is that there is another path to commissioning as a Marine Officer that you can follow in the event that you don't get an NROTC scholarship. The Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) lets you earn a commission during one or two summers during college. It is available to students at any college, it is wholly separate from NROTC, and doesn't obligate you until you graduate from college and accept the commission.
     
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