ROTC Summer Opportunities

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  1. newhampshirecandidate

    newhampshirecandidate Member

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    I have a 4 year AROTC scholarship and met some of the ROTC staff at my orientation. Because I was being issued gear, however, I did not get to talk in-depth with them about everything and they instead talked to my parents, who relayed to me that they had mentioned different summer opportunities and study abroad programs. I know because of a friend about Project GO, but I was hoping someone more knowledgable might be able to enlighten me on the other things that cadets can do during their summers. Thank you in advance for the help.
     
  2. Marist College ROTC

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    There are several military schools that you might attend as an ROTC Cadet. All of these opportunities require you to be selected by your cadre. They are all competitive:

    Hundreds of Cadets attend these schools each year:

    Airborne School
    Air Assault School
    Mountain Warfare School
    Northern Warfare School


    There are also a few schools that are incredibly selective. Only a handful of Cadets attend these schools each year:

    Sapper Leader Course
    Combat Diver School

    There are some other specialty programs. You can find info on some of these here:
    http://www.marist.edu/studentlife/rotc/additionaltraining.html
     
  3. paradoxer

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    Sapper

    Just wondering what it takes to qualify for the Sapper Leader Course, a while back someone had said one applicant per brigade. Is this still the case?
     
  4. Marist College ROTC

    Marist College ROTC Member

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    2 years ago we nominated a Cadet that had a 3.6 GPA and a 295 APFT. He was not selected. I don't think there was specific criteria other than high GPA and APFT score.

    Last year we were not asked to nominate anyone. I am guessing that our BDE had no allocations.
     
  5. paradoxer

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    Thanks for the information

    You nailed the exact information I was looking for and thanks for taking your time to answer.
     
  6. Aglahad

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    In the past they had Ranger School as a summer opportunity for cadets that would take the place of pLDAC. Maybe they will bring that back? Haha
     
  7. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    As a freshman who is contracted you should put in for a CULP/Project Go trip. Every cadet who requested to go, got to go from our Battalion this year. Tanzania, Costa Rica, Tunisia, Georgia (the country), and Cape Verde were among the destinations. There will be plenty of time to go to Airborne and Air Assault school during your career, but these life changing opportunities are something you will get to do while in college.

    http://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/summer-culp-program/
     
  8. nick4060

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    +2 on ProjectGo. I got to spend my last college summer in Russia - and got paid to do it! Its a great program.
     
  9. dunninla

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    ^ what do you mean by you got paid to go? I thought Project GO gets funded by DOD, but there are certain costs not paid for... like transportation from Home to point of Departure (in the case of Boston U Arabic... to Boston), and I wasn't aware of any Stipend or E6 pay... is that what you mean.. that you get paid for those 6-7 weeks at Project Go in the same way cadets get paid while at LDAC (which I think is E6 pay rate). One of the issues with Project GO as I understand it is that even though the cadet doesn't have to pay for the Program itself, those other transportation expenses, plus not holding down a paying summer job, means the cadet is out about $3,000 by committing to Project GO vs. going home and working a summer job.
     
  10. nick4060

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    I wasn't in Army ROTC. Maybe the other ProjectGO programs are run differently, but my 2 month stay in Russia was completely paid for. No "other transportation expenses". DoD funded it all from transportation, to food, housing, and tuition at the local university. They even gave me a small stipend while I was there.

    And in addition to the DoD funds, Air Force ROTC gave me a foreign language bonus of about $1600 for the trip --- thats what I mean by "Got paid to do it"

    There is no E-6 pay or anything like Army LDAC or Air Force FT. You are not on military orders when traveling on ProjectGO. You're just going as a normal college student, who happens to have his/her trip paid for by DoD.

    I guess you could say I missed out on the money I would have made from a summer job, but I don't really consider that "paying" for the trip. I don't know anyone who regretted going on that trip.
     
  11. dunninla

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    ^ OK, thanks for clarifying. Actually in Army ROTC the Project Go language and culture classes probably do qualify for CLIP-B bonus pay, so in that sense the "trip" probably would be paid for.
     

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