ROTC for a noob.

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  1. abrams

    abrams Member

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    Hi all,
    I'm currently a high school junior. i had my heart set on going to the USNA but for various reasons i'm not anymore. I knew everything i needed to know about the app. process to the academies....

    but now i plan on doing ROTC in college, so this is where i'm asking everyone here for help

    can someone point me to a website that has the rundown of ROTC applications or give me the run down themselves?

    i know that you can do ROTC with a 4,3, or 2 year scholarship but how do you get one?

    when do you have to take the ROTC fitness exam by? are the standards lower than the academies' standards?

    any other snippets of important info you think i should know?.

    i'm new to this ROTC process so thanks alot if you help me out!!!!
     
  2. knordski

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    Hey abrams,

    I received both Army and Navy ROTC scholarships. A key piece of advice is to complete everything as quickly as you can. The scholarship boards begin meeting in the fall and the sooner you've turned everything in the sooner you can be awarded a scholarship.

    Here is the NROTC site: https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/apply.aspx

    Here is the AROTC site: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/hs_four_year_scholarship.jsp

    I did not apply for Air Force and will let someone with knowledge of the subject cover that.

    For Army and Navy you apply for a 4-year scholarship as a senior. The other options are for if you decide to join a unit after starting college.

    I took the fitness test at the beginning of my senior year. My school's JROTC officer administered the test. It is different than the CFT used by the academies, you must complete a test consisting of a run, sit-ups, and push-ups.

    It is not a bad idea to contact the ROTC units at the colleges you are interested in. The PMS' can help you in a number of different ways. If you go to visit a school stop by and tell them that you're interested.

    Hope this has helped.
     
  3. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    I received 4 year Army and Air Force ROTC scholarships.

    I don't remember all the details but the deadline for them I believe is in December of your senior year. You will have an interview and fitness test along with some forms. I honestly don't remember which essays were for ROTC and which for USMA because I wrote way too many though.
     
  4. jmac24

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    My son received a NROTC Marine-option 4 year scholarship. If you're interested in the Marines, it's a different fitness test than Navy. Maintain a high GPA and make sure you're in good shape - his recruiter said to aim for 15 pull-ups and 80 sit-ups to be competitive. There's also a 3-mile run you have to tackle.

    Speaking of competitive, there were many more applications this year for the Marine NROTC scholarships in our geographical area. I've also heard anecdotally that for every 6 Navy ROTC scholarships that are given out, one Marine option scholarship is awarded.

    One other thing to consider - the ROTC scholarship only covers tuition, books, uniforms, and mandatory fees. It doesn't cover room and board and the mandatory laptop, which can be significant. Research the room/board policies for your target ROTC schools. It can run the gamut from no coverage to full coverage.

    Best of luck!
     
  6. inthenavy2008

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    There are MANY helpful threads about ROTC on this forum. Take the time to read them. Keep asking questions within those threads or PM members who you feel might be especially helpful.

    Be aware that the minimum SAT scores posted on the NROTC application site are minimal. The class of 2012 averages well above that minimum. The bar for NROTC is high, as the Navy is looking for the best of the rest. Since they can only take about 1200 per year to the USNA, they can get about the same number through NROTC in public and private colleges throughout the United States.

    Work hard in school. Work hard on your applications. Show the Navy (or what ever service branch you choose) that you are the type of committed person that they want as an officer.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Gcokeley

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    Just go talk to your marine corps recruiter. They helped me get the package done in a week. I got the scholarship to UVA...which does me no good because Im going to The Citadel and medical nonsense dqed me.
     

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