ROTC - Is it too late?

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  1. leapyear

    leapyear Member

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    Son applied only to his first choice service academy, thereby putting "all his eggs in one basket." He has strong credentials, but of course so does everyone else. Unfortunately, he was not selected for early admission, but he will be considered again during the regular admission period. He still has a chance and we are still hopeful, but there is no doubt that the percentages have dropped considerably. He also will not likely receive a final answer for 2 or 3 months. I would like to encourage him to also consider ROTC scholarship applications as an alternative, but he is of course way behind the time curve. The stated deadlines for AFROTC have already passed, AROTC requires submission of the application by Jan 10, and I believe NROTC requires submission by Jan 30. Though the official deadlines for Army and Navy have not passed, can anyone with experience tell us whether an applicant can reasonably complete the application process and receive a scholarship at this late date? He is already DoDMERB qualified, which may help with the tight deadlines. Also, I know that Navy awards scholarships to specific ROTC units/schools only. Does the Army do this as well? Son has been accepted to two good universities that he would be happy to attend, both of which have AROTC, but only one having NROTC. Does already being admitted help him at all during scholarship consideration? Thanks
     
  2. bcom

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    No, I don't think it is too late but he is going to have to move fast.

    I think everything but the interview could be done in a couple of days.

    1) Take today to get an overview of the application and plan essays.

    2) Monday, call a PMS at your sons excepted schools and ask him to help you. Set up tentative interview with him or at a local AROTC university. You willn't be cleared to interview until they receive your application but with the Holiday vacation this could be your greatest bottleneck, start on this Monday!

    3) Write essays and fill out application (H.S. activity's sheet, personality test, basic info)

    4) Arrange someone to administer the PFT and fax in results to cadet command
     
  3. gojack

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    Yes - Army ROTC scholarship is to a specific school/det.

    If you hustle, you should be able to make the Jan Board.
    The upcoming Jan AROTC board is the second of three.
    The third and final board deadline is 28 February, 2011

    If your DS is a strong candidate for a service academy appointment,
    IMHO he should be able to get a AROTC slot.
    he should get in touch with the PMS/ROO at his top schools ASAP,
    let them know he is applying, and stay in touch with them throughout the process.

    I would suggest putting a school near the top of his list
    where his ACT/GPA would fall in their honors program to increase his odds.
     
  4. aglages

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    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?p=148066&highlight=deadline#post148066
     
  5. leapyear

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    Thanks for the responses. Much appreciated. He is working on the app as we speak...at the very least he should get everything completed in time to be looked at by the final AROTC board.
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Keep in mind too, that he will have another month after the deadline to get all his information in. If he can hit send today on the application, get his guidance counselor to send his transcripts (scan and email), take a screen shot of his SAT scores and email, get a PFT tomorrow from his gym teacher, that he will scan and email, and have an interview done before the 27th he will be in for the second board, but that will also mean that the ladiies at scholarship processing get it all, and get it ready for the board. If that doesn't happen He has plenty of time for the third board. Make sure you are talking to the schools he is interested in to see if they still have scholarship applications, or if they plan to have any campus based scholarships availabe (the ones they control).

    Lesson learned - don't put all your eggs in one basket, especially an SA basket!"
     
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    App Help

    It would be a good idea to mention which schools he has been accepted to in the student comments section. If at all possible, have the interview conducted at the top choice school.
     
  8. leapyear

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    Thanks again for the additional responses. He actually got the application completed and submitted yesterday, and ACT/SAT scores emailed today. Fitness test will be done tomorrow. Looks like there may not be a hurry, however. The private school he attends actually closes for the holidays, so apparently there is no one there to send the transcript! Even if he could get an interview done, that would leave him one item short for his package. Oh well, our fault. At least he should be good to go for the final board. Now, if I can just come to terms with the idea of my boy potentially serving in the Army! (I served in the Marine Corps and the Navy:smile:, but the idea of spending 6 months on a big gray thing in the middle of the ocean doesn't appeal to him)
     
  9. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Sorry for the bad info...I found out today (don't know how long the word has been out on the street) that the deadline for second round is today. I wish I would have known sooner, so I could have alerted this discussion board and my other haunts. So, if you missed this deadline you will definitely be ready for the third round. All other deadlines appear to be the same...10 Jan to apply and 28 Feb to have everything in.

    About stating which schools you have been accepted to, it may influence the board members, but it won't influence what schools you get an offer to. You'll still get an offer to up to the first 5 schools on your list that have allocations. Still haven't heard how they are going to allocate the second round, and definitely don't know what the third round will look like.

    Good luck
     
  10. leapyear

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    Thanks for the update. Do the various detachments/AROTC units (sorry, not sure of the correct terminology yet) already know if they will have any scholarship openings out of Board 2 or 3, or do they get told that later?
     
  11. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    We knew that they would make up to 50% of our mission in the first round. They told us we would receive further guidance, but I haven't heard anything yet.

    Army ROTC units are know as Battalions, as in Golden Knight Battalion.
     
  12. dmlhal15

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    2nd Army Rotc Round

    I have been going through the threads and was wondering if Clarkson meant that the 2nd Round Amry ROTC Scholarship deadline was yesterday? December 21st? I thought it was the 27th? My son has applied to 4 of the 6 Senior Military Colleges and has been accepted to all but VMI at this point...We are praying he get the ARMY ROTC Scholarship this round...:smile:
     
  13. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Yup...the date changed from the 27th to the 20th. I found out about the change on the 20th. Needless to say, I was a little bummed that I couldn't have gotten the word out the the board sooner.

    Shoot for the third board and hope for the best.
     

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