NROTC Timeline Weird Question

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by AlastairRussell, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. AlastairRussell

    AlastairRussell Member

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    Happy New Year Everyone!

    Thanks to everyone who helped me on my last question, but now I have another.

    So after not being awarded a scholarship last year, I decided I'd take a gap year and reapply for it again for this year (which I have done, still waiting to here on decision). For this gap year, I am living in Christchurch New Zealand, and the big draw for me to come here (aside from how beautiful the country is) was that there is a world class bagpipe band drum corps based in Christchurch. I've played all my life and I've known that I probably won't get to ever to play in the "big leagues" once college started, so when I took this gap year I decided that the big thing I was going to invest myself in was giving my all to this professional drum corps. It's been going great, but now heres the problem: The World Championship is in August in Scotland (I think it's the weekend of the 14th) so I could leave Scotland the following Monday or Tuesday, but what I'm wondering is if I'll still be able to participate in NROTC? I of course wouldn't want to miss the whole reason I took this gap year, but I know that NROTC starts earlier than the regular school year (at least for scholarship recipients) but does anybody here know what sort of timeline I'd be looking at for scholarship vs. non-scholarship participation in NROTC, and if this is something I could pull off? Sorry for the length, but it's sort of a hard one thats probably not a common problem.
     
  2. navymomwannabe

    navymomwannabe Member

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    Depends on when your college starts classes. My son's school did not start classes until after Labor day, so his NSO events took place the last week of August. The scholarship kids only have to be at school about 5 days early. So what you need to determine is which college you are going to and when they start. NROTC has to follow the school calendar.

    Good luck!
     
  3. USMCGrunt

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    Totally depends upon your university's start date. Orientation would be 3-5 days earlier. And... I am certain that there have been occasions where incoming Freshman miss orientation due to distance travelled and other extenuating circumstances. You won't be the first or the last with something like this.
     
  4. AlastairRussell

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    So I was accepted into the VTCC and was looking at dates- their New Cadet Week starts the Saturday that I've committed to playing in the finals at the World Championships, so I've emailed the VTCC, explained the situation and to see if it's possible since I'd need to leave Glasgow on Sunday and be ready to start Tuesday, to start a few days later. They came back with a "No", so I responded and politely asked if they might reconsider-I explained that I'd given my word to my team and will not fall through on my commitment, and that I would display the same loyalty and integrity as part of the VTCC, but if my entire VTCC career depended on me being there on the Saturday instead of the Tuesday, then unfortunately I may have to attend a different school. They came back to me saying they had asked the General, and he said "No."- that was the full quote in the email. So it looks like I may not be able to go to VTCC- kind of a bummer, but I also get the commitment they require.

    So now I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for where to go from here? Supposedly the remaining NROTC scholarships will be released next week (May is here!) so if I don't get awarded the one for my other choices (all unaffordable when not on scholarship) then should I just attend VT as a civilian and join VTCC in Sophomore year?

    Good luck to the rest of the ROTC applicants waiting to here back- almost there!
     

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