Promising e-mail?

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  1. Lahey

    Lahey Member

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    Greetings,

    I received an e-mail today during class from the cadre at the university of alaska fairbanks (3rd choice school). It stated :

    Lahey XXXXX :

    I have received information that there is a possibility you could have been offered an Army ROTC Scholarship. You must receive a letter from Cadet Command to confirm this. Please call / email us with any questions.

    V/r
    XXXXXX


    Should I take this e-mail into consideration? Or is it just one of my choices trying to recruit me after learning I was in the drawing?

    Thanks again,
    Lahey
     
  2. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Who are your first and second AROTC choices? Have you heard from them?
    Have you had an PMS interview yet?

    If not, I would certainly reply and arrange for a conference call with the ROO at UA Fairbanks.

    If you have no other NROTC or AROTC offers yet, why wouldn't you at least check it out?
     
  3. ginko

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    Gosh that does sound promising! My DS received e-mails but they only congratulated him for pursuing the scholarship and having high achievement. Those emails never alluded to the possibility that he got the scholarship. I don't think they would get you all worked up and then... :( that would be cruel.

    Time to start stalking the mailbox. I bet you got it. Congrats!!
     
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  4. Lahey

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    I actually have not heard from my first & 2 choice schools. I have not however, even been accepted into my 1st choice (UT Austin). Ive had my interview about 4 months back and have been boarded since the 1st board.
    Im also an applicant to NROTC and AFROTC , but just 2 days ago figured out I was declined an NROTC scholarship.

    Also, are 2nd board scholarships typically 3 or 4 year ones?
     
  5. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    If you have been accepted to the third choice school, and their ROO is contacting you, then I would definitely start the dialogue with them. Even if they are Plan C, you want to check things out. You might find that the 3rd choice school is a great place for you.

    My DS went in to AROTC non-contract (he never applied for Army ROTC, counting on NROTC to come through.....it didn't). but he earned a 3 1/2 year AD scholarship by November of his freshman year.

    As far as the Boards for AROTC, I believe the first board is mostly 4 year, but after that, 3 year AD's become more commonplace. @clarksonarmy is the best person to answer that one.
     
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    My DS received a 4 yr AROTC on the 2nd board 2 yrs ago. Didn't apply in time for the 1st board. From what I remember there were quite a few 4 yrs awarded, but you never know how things change from year to year.
     
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    I might of dreamt this instead of reading it from a reliable source, but I thought someone where on here there was a breakdown for the 2015-2016 scholarships of approximately 30% of the second board were 4 year (300ish out of 1000ish), the rest 3 year and most of the 3rd board are 3 year. About 2500 total all three boards (300 first board and 1200 3rd).
     
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    +1 @Dckc88
    I could have sworn I read that somewhere too! The problem is searching for the thread came up with nothing!
     
  10. Dckc88

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    Exactly!!!
     
  11. Jcleppe

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    I read the same thing on their site. I have to say that the 4161 number seems quite low, equating to a 60% acceptance rate. The number in the past has been more around 10K to 12K applicants with an acceptance rate of somewhere in the 20 percentile. I would love to know where they got that number.
     
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  12. Wilco

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    Congratulations to all who have applied. I believe the email is a good sign but no guarantee.
    Understanding is as Boards near release date ROOs have a first glance to see who has been offered AROTC. However, they are not supposed to reveal such information to candidates until the "official" notification comes from cadet command. DS received no emails nearing first board. But got 3 preceeding official releases from the 2nd board.
    Last year about 900 applicants were ready for 1st Board, 30% got offers, and all were 4 years. Memory from other sources was after 3 Boards about 25% offer rate when all combined, vast majority were 3 year AD. Remember if you do not get a national scholarship, do not be afraid to enroll and compete for campus based scholarship. And scholarship not required to commission. Just hard work and dedication really required.
     
  13. AROTC-dad

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    @Wilco .... are all AROTC 3 year AD's awarded while in college, campus-based or are some from the national boards?
     
  14. Wilco

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    " ...are all AROTC 3 year AD's awarded while in college, campus-based or are some from the national boards?"

    Gokings, my understanding is national scholarships can be either 4 or 3 year AD, advanced designation. The majority are 3 year, and both majority of 4 and 3 for high school seniors. Both need DODMERB clearance. Freshman with 4 year contract at beginning of Freshman year. 3 year contract beginning of sophomore year. For both, cadets have to pass AROTC MS1 classes, lab, pass APFT, also GPA requirement. 3 year AD also needs the PMS to sign off at end of Freshman year. 3 year national can also get bumped up to a 3.5 if battalion has some monies available. Battalions may also have campus based scholarships. Generally 3 and 2 year for cadets enrolled in AROTC who are performing well. They can also provide 3.5 year, and have been advised some Colleges have 4 year campus based. The ROOs recruit from the National pool to get those highly qualified cadets. I have not personally heard of a college freshman (other than a SA cadet transfer) receiving 3 year national AD while in college but I believe they are eligible, just have to go through the national process again. I am sure a ROO or more qualified will update, or correct anything I may have misstated.
     
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    Thanks, wilco.
    This explains perfectly how my ds got bumped from non-contract to 3 1/2 years AD last fall as an MS-I.
     

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