Question on SAs & Foreign Service

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  1. renee99

    renee99 Parent

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    DS wants to pursue foreign Service. One day working in International Diplomacy~ Coming to this late in the game Beginning of JR. Year in High School.. But trying to learn fast! He was accepted to NASS ! :smile:

    While our family loves our military~ we have no experience with the military in general. What would be the best avenue to purse- Regarding the SA's , the ROTC Scholarships, or what?
    THanks.....
     
  2. Losttime

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    Congratulations on the Nass acceptance. You ask what the best avenue in pursuing the Service Academies? Well, that would be to apply to the Academy, try to get in contact with your local BGO, Liaison Officer, etc and talk with him/her about everything dealing with the Academy. Like deadlines, processes, etc. ROTC is an entirely different route to becoming a commissioned officer, applying to ROTC is separate from applying to the Academy. The scholarship will allow your son to attend a University or what not and become a commissioned officer. The monetary value awarded varies. Get in touch with your SA officer for sure though!
     
  3. kinnem

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    Your DS should pursue both USNA and NROTC, and the other academies and ROTC programs as well unless he's already dead set on Navy. With either program he will incur an Active Duty Service Obligation of 5 years after graduation, so he could not start his Foreign Service career until after that. So apply to Academy and ROTC, all are online. I don't think NROTC applications open up until April 1. I don't know about the Academy.
     
  4. nofodad

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    foreign service

    My DS was in a similar position. While researching a career in the foreign service he spoke to former CIA, state dept. officers etc., all said that his plan of a military career followed by pursuing foreign service was a "good idea." He met many state dept. officers on a trip to Moscow who had previous military careers (most Army). So one of the determining factors I think would be which branch suits your DS best. Although my DS was gungho for the Navy, the Navy didn't feel that way about him (he's a non-tech major). He's since found a home with Hoya battalion (AROTC) and loves it. If your DS is tech-major bound I would explore all Academies, and NROTC and AFROTC, if tech isn't his thing he may find a place in NROTC-MO or AROTC. BTW you can have a career in the foreign service without serving the military first. So make sure he wants to serve, there are many other paths.
     
  5. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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