NROTC?

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  1. ntan58

    ntan58 New Member

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    Hey guys,

    First post at this forum and I am curious about the NROTC via college program route. I'm currently a high school senior but I missed the fall deadline and well.. My ACT scores weren't the best. I got a 24. I plan on retaking it, but it'll be a week after applications open and scores won't be posted until 2 weeks after minimum.. Academics wise I have a 3.9 GPA with AP CALC AB/BC and concurrent/honor classes. Going to graduate with an Enhanced Diploma in Mathematics later this year. I have played 2 years of football (no letters as we never made it to state) and I have done track & field as well. Now I'm working part time with 20+hrs a week at a pizza joint. Trying to lift whenever I have some time. In the summer I plan on volunteering to virtually anything that comes up.

    I have accepted a scholarship from the local university but I don't know if it would conflict later on if I were to get accepted to the NROTC program. I am going to study Mechanical Engineering. I have a fallback plan as well. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks,
     
  2. NavyNOLA

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    Which unit are you looking at? College Program is certainly a great option, but you won't get picked up for the NROTC national scholarship with a 24 ACT; the average for a selected student is north of 31. Besides the national, though, you can apply for a 3-year scholarship following your freshman year, and standardized test scores/high school GPA are no longer taken into consideration for that application. Participation as a College Program student is all but required for selection for 3 and 2-year scholarships. As for merit scholarship conflicts with the university, it won't really matter if you are selected for an NROTC scholarship as they are 100% tuition.
     
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  3. 5Day

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    There is no conflict between you scholarship and the NROTC scholarship. Your local scholarship will be applied first and then NROTC will make up the difference. NROTC will not pay for room and board. So if your scholarship pays half your tuition NROTC will pay the other half. Your other scholarship may or may not pay all or a portion of room and board.
     
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  4. rocatlin

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    Plan retaking the ACT and reapplying. A 24 score won't be competitive, but you may raise it. Don't leave that option off the table. You are still eligible and it does give you another chance beyond the sideload opportunities. Since the Navy has many boards, you can still look at raising ACT. Again, this may not be your best shot, but it's still worth taking it since you have nothing to lose.

    Enroll in the college program, do well in both the unit and academically, and that will set you up to be considered for sideload.

    Most academic scholarships don't pay room and board. If you get selected for ROTC scholarship, you are eligible for monthly stipends.
     
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  5. ntan58

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    I am scheduled to retake the ACT. As this is the second time doing it, hopefully it goes up. I also plan on stopping by the university to talk to the engineering advisors and to whoever I need to talk to with ROTC at that university if it's a good idea.. Since I already talked to the Navy recruiting office. Also I plan on living at home so I don't have to worry about room and board for now~

    So really the option I'm focused on this their 2 and 3 year scholarships after my freshman year. I have no idea what college life is like, but I definitely will work hard in the classroom.. And I do like math and sciences so engineering should be good for me.

    One thing though is that I don't understand what you mean by "units". Can you guys explain these terms? Or any other terms I should know about? Sorry!!

    Thank you!!
     
  6. rocatlin

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    Unit--NROTC battalion/detachment in this context.

    Although it's hard to see 3 or 4 years down the road as far as need, ask the person you speak with at the ROTC unit on the campus what they foresee the needs may be upcoming. Ask them who got sideloads this past year. (Sideload is unit backed/recommended 2-3 year scholarship.) I think this last year it was for nuclear sub officers.

    Keep all options open. I would caution against talking to Navy enlisted recruiting. The enlisted recruiting side has a different mission.
     
  7. NavyNOLA

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    Ask to speak to the Freshman Advisor at whichever unit you contact. If you look up their website, you should be able to track down his/her name and number.

    Sideload scholarships (2 and 3 year) are for all Navy Unrestricted Line communities, not just one particular one; awarded sideload scholarships are not tied to specific URL communities. Here's the basic formula for earning a 3-year sideload at the end of your freshman year:

    -A strong GPA (3.5+) in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 major
    -A high ranking among your Navy option freshman peers in the unit (as determined by the staff)
    -Completion of Calculus I and II (and ideally an A or B in both courses)
    -A GOOD PRT score or better.

    I agree with the above point about avoiding Navy recruiting for NROTC questions- just pick up the phone and call the actual NROTC unit, and you'll get much more reliable information.
     
  8. ntan58

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    Tried it but can't find their freshman advisor. So I guess when I talk to my normal advisor, I'll stop by the naval sciences place and ask over there for more information. Thanks
     

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