Questions on AROTC Application

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  1. ItsAllGonnaBeOK

    ItsAllGonnaBeOK New Member

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    I’m new to this forum and am writing on behalf of my daughter. We’re late to the game regarding the ROTC process. She’s just finished filling out her ROTC application. I read on this forum that before she sends it in, she should have someone (a recruiter? a PMS? not sure who) should review it first. She hasn’t met with any PMS individuals yet, but has a meeting scheduled with one when she tours a college in the next couple of weeks. Should she wait and have him review her application? Will this meeting count as her interview or is there a formal interview scheduled after her application is received? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. k2rider

    k2rider Member

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    Personally, based on our experience last year, I'd just go over the application several times very closely. Don't assume that just because you answered a question already that you did it right or took credit for all you deserve. I know when we first filled it out, we actually sold our daughter short on some things. We got it all squared away when the PMS at Michigan told us to go back and update my daughters app. Less than 10 days later, she was chosen for a scholarship.

    Same with the written statement, just go over it a few times, dotting all your i's and crossing your t's. Be honest and my advice is don't try and tell them what they want to hear...at least that's the route my daughter went.

    That meeting with a PMS won't count for an interview because you have to turn in the whole package before you are "chosen for an interview". I guess if she gets notified to get the interview and the PMS wanted to, he/she could write up teh package from your prior visit?

    Get the package completed ASAP though and get in the game...good luck!!! :thumb:
     
  3. aglages

    aglages Parent

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    I'm not sure who suggested that your daughter have someone in the ROTC program review her application. While it doesn't sound like a bad idea to have her essay/application reviewed (if you can find someone knowledgeable that is willing to do that), I think most people submit their applications without review (other than perhaps parents/teachers).

    Has you daughter completed her PT test?

    After your daughter's application is completed and all the supporting paperwork (SAT/ACT scores, transcripts, recommendations ect) have been received the AROTC will advise you that you need to schedule an interview. Your daughter's scholarship status page will say something about scheduling an interview with your PMS. Last year my daughter scheduled her own, this year my son was contacted within a few days by the local PMS for his interview.

    IMHO - the biggest issue you have NOW is a shortage of time. The AROTC scholarship board is only reviewing applicants three times this year. You missed the first one in October. The cutoff date to have EVERYTHING submitted for the next one is December 27, 2010. With the Holidays I would definitely try for at least two weeks before that. Bottom line IMHO is that if you are going to wait on anything (someone to review her application?) then I would not wait for very long. Get as much done as quickly as you possibly can.

    Good Luck! :thumb:
     
  4. ItsAllGonnaBeOK

    ItsAllGonnaBeOK New Member

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    Thanks for your responses. No, she hasn't done the PT test yet. Can she have her phys-ed teacher administer the test at her school, or does she have to go to someplace special for the test?
     
  5. aglages

    aglages Parent

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    Her PT teacher can administer the test. Just bring the Presidential Fitness form for her to fill out and sign afterwards.
    Good Luck!!

    BTW = make sure you keep copies of everything you send to AROTC CC. It helps in case something gets "misplaced".
     
  6. gojack

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    FYI:
    Had to re-submit S's AROTC PT test, I faxed it to CC.
    Got a letter 2 weeks later - it was still 'needed',
    called CC and was told it had to be submitted by the PT teacher.
    PT teacher faxed it from school fax machine and mailed a copy in snail mail...
    all was good.
     
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  7. aglages

    aglages Parent

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    My son faxed his without a problem. But the point remains...keep copies of everything.
     
  8. soxfn2041

    soxfn2041 Member

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    I would definitely agree with everyone else who is saying to submit it sooner rather than later. After you submit it, you can then schedule the interview (which is really no big deal). Since I'm doing all this, too, my advice is the sooner the better.

    Moral of the story: at this point, read it through a couple times, get a neighbor/friend to revise it, then submit.
     
  9. The OC Josh

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    I also submitted it myself via fax and scanned/e-mailed and had no problem with it not being from a PE teacher. (I did have a coach proctor the test of course.)
     
  10. ItsAllGonnaBeOK

    ItsAllGonnaBeOK New Member

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    She hasn't submitted anything yet (at least that is what she thought--still working on personal statement, etc...) and yet today she just received a letter saying they received her application and the following is missing...which is of course EVERYTHING, including her personal statement. So, each time she is working on her application and you click on Submit, to go to the next section, is it actually being submitted to the Army?
     
  11. philmont

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    The same thing happenned with my son. Just keep going in to update and complete until it's finished. Then you will get a letter stating application is complete BUT you will still be able to access it online so it's wierd.
     
  12. Shelbyboyz

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    DS received the same letter. What was worrisome was the "respond no later than 15 days from the date you receive this notice". After completing applications to USNA and USMA, I thought it was okay to do parts of this application at a time :confused:
     
  13. gojack

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    It is okay to do parts of this application at a time, we got 4 letters, "respond no later than 15 days..." before all the requirements were completed. Then the letter that the application was complete.

    They are just trying to increase the number of completed applications. Many applications are started and never completed.
     
  14. Shelbyboyz

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    Thanks gojack, didn't want DS to get dq'd before he even started!
     
  15. uniform 419

    uniform 419 GMU CDT

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    uh, I never got this letter, but have been assured by my assigned point of contact at CC that the board processed my file, is this a potential problem?
     
  16. sg1fan93

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    @Uniform 419
    I dont think thats a problem. I was told my app is complete then got a letter in the mail a few weeks later. My letter was sent out on November 7th, and I completed the app on Oct 25th
     
  17. uniform 419

    uniform 419 GMU CDT

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    Only problem is that my app was complete on October 17th, and I still haven't gotten anything except verbal confirmation from a point of contact that my app was completed. Furthermore the point of conctact, by her own admission, "doesn't know much about how these [ROTC 4-year Applications] work" and has "only been here [at CC] a few months". These two things combined, quite frankly, scare the living hell out of me, and it isn't like I can get an opinion from another point of contact either, since their geographically assigned.
     
  18. sg1fan93

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    That does sound like a problem, or it simply got lost in the mail. The only thing I can think of is emailing cadet command directly at
    train2lead@usacc.army.mil or I can give you the email of my contact if you want
     
  19. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Ok...I'm going to say this again (and it probably won't be the last time), talk to the ROO at your top school if you can. The more you can interact with that schools program the better chance you will have of getting in line for a campus based scholarship, if the national board doesn't work out. Remember that the ladies who work at Cadet Command processing scholarships are doing so for 273 hosts and over 1000 partner schools. If the ROO at your top school is not helping, try the next school on your list. Eventually you'll find a ROO like me that wants to help folks like you become an Army Officer.

    The ROO's can look right into the system and see if you are board ready, and if not, what you are missing. Don't be a pest, but if you show you have the desire, chances are you'll get the help.

    Good Luck
     
  20. wilk1154

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    The hardest part of the process is getting everything in. We got everything in but had to scamble at times and I think we barely made the first board. I am sure everything was not perfect (like his esssay) but it was in within the deadline. The ROTC officer at my son's second choice was so good at communicating that it is my son's first choice now. He just got told by the ROTC officer that he was awarded the full 4 year scholarship in the first round and can pick any school on his list.
     

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