ROTC Scholarship to Reserve/National Guard Scholarship

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  1. kris606

    kris606 New Member

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    I am a 4-year Scholarship Cadet and I would like to make the decision to go reserve or national guard already, if everything goes right to my commissioning. If I am sure this would enable me to be able to go to drill and still receive the same benefits of the ROTC Scholarship that I received. Are there any pro/cons? Is it a complicated process?
     
  2. Jcc123

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    It's really not clear what you're asking. Are you asking about converting your 4-yr to a GRFD or are you saying you're a cadet currently on a 4-year scholarship, but you prefer to drop the scholarship and attempt to become an SMP cadet instead? Whatever for? If you desire to go Guard/Reserve upon commissioning, just select that option at the appropriate time.

    The only time you can convert to a GRFD is between the beginning of your MSII year and Sept of your MSIII year. If you're in that window, and there are available scholarship allocations, and you're 100% positive you do not want to go active, amd you're not nursing or G2G, then look into it. You'll need to fill out a CC Form 226-R. Talk to your Cadre.


    If you're talking about dropping the scholarship altogether, then unless you accept National Guard tuition assistance, you will by no means receive the same benefits (I.e. money) that you get from your scholarship. In order to receive benefits, you will most likely be required to attend Basic and AIT, delaying your schooling and therefore commissioning by up to a year.

    Can you give us a little more info as to your thought process, because nothing about this screams good idea to me.
     
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  3. kris606

    kris606 New Member

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    I would like to continue with ROTC, but also to attend drill with reserve or guard because I am reading everywhere that I could not go to drill as an already contracted scholarship cadet.
     
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    You can actually convert any time after your freshman year, and there are usually plenty of funds available to allow you to do so.

    Pro's
    If you know Guard/Reserves is what you want lock yourself in
    Drill pay
    Start the retirement clock a little sooner

    Cons
    Active Duty is off the table/if you change your mind - too bad
    You'll have to start drilling - giving up one weekend a month
    If you end up in a unit that doesn't treat their SMP cadets well you may regret the decision

    Not a bad idea if you are sure. It will also free up a line scholarship for someone else, which will make your ROO/PMS happy.
     

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