ROTC vs Study Abroad

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  1. cassandra

    cassandra Member

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    I have always wanted to study abroad and participate in ROTC. I applied for the study abroad program and realized that I can't do both. I would be spending the summer in Paris, France, the fall and spring semesters in Valencia, Spain, and the next summer in Florence, Italy. I don't want to give that up.

    The reason I believe I can't do ROTC is because I earned my AA in high school so I only have two years left of college. The minimum we can spend in ROTC is three so I was willing to spend the extra year in college. When I come back from study abroad I can't stay in college for 3 years because of financial aid & having too many credits. I also don't want to try OTC because as a business major I probably don't stand a chance.

    I don't know what to do. Any advice?
     
  2. Pima

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    What is your career goal?

    Once you decide that the decision will be clear.

    Want to serve in the military, than overseas would appear to not be an option, due to the AA degree.

    Want to go overseas to study, than it would appear ROTC is not an option.

    Nobody can give you advice, because this is a very personal decision.

    Take the time, try to FF yourself 2-3 yrs from now. Where do you see yourself? Are you in a uniform?

    Best wishes and hopes.
     
  3. sprog

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    I'm not sure this is all that helpful (as my circumstances were a bit different), but I was able to do a summer abroad and complete my ROTC obligations while in college. I was in AFROTC at VMI for four years, so I didn't have to cram my pre-commissioning requirements into a shortened period. I went to Camp after my soph. year, and I did my study abroad in the summer after junior year (at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford). I even had an ROTC obligation the same summer I went to the UK, but I was able to complete it before I crossed the pond (it was called "Operations Air Force" or something like that-I spent three weeks with AFSOC at Hurlburt Field).

    This is more of a general comment regarding study abroad, as yours is not the first post I've seen on the topic. If you can, I highly encourage anyone to study abroad. You will never get an opportunity like it again, and you can spend weeks/months in Europe at a fraction of what it will cost you as a "grown-up." My experiences at Oxford were some of the most enriching I have ever had. That said, you need to be smart about it if you are doing ROTC. If you are on a compressed schedule, it may be hard to fit in the overseas experience. Also, I think it's easier to schedule around ROTC in the summer than if you went for a semester/year. I was commissioned with a guy who spent a year abroad, but he had to double up on Air Force classes his senior year.

    For the OP, if you have the time, go for the study abroad. If you think that finances and the lack of time prohibit being able to go abroad, then you have your answer. You just have to figure out what is more important to you, and nobody on the forum can tell you that. You may want to consider shortening the time you'll be overseas; however, if you don't want to do that, just do what you think is best.
     
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    One of the AROTC units in which my DS may have an interest has said that one of the benefits of ROTC over a service academy is that you can do study abroad and ROTC at the same time (cadets had to do a make-up Field Training Exercise, though). You may be in a different situation than most, because you only have 2 years to fit everything in.

    My advice would be to ask your battalion/detachment.
     
  5. cassandra

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    Thank you guys for replying.

    I spoke with a few people about this and they asked me if I would get to travel abroad while in the Air Force. I felt silly because I never considered that but I do know where I would most likely end up if deployed. Let's just say it's not on my list of study abroad places. I don't mind though.

    I feel as though ROTC is more important to me but I want to study abroad. I want to get a business degree ( I have an AA degree but I can join ROTC because I haven't graduated High School yet) and a career in the Air Force Finance field. After reading your responses I think I'll go ahead and hold off on the study abroad. I can do it for a short time in the summer & I'm fine with that. I didn't know that was a possibility so thank you.

    I feel like I'll be missing on an opportunity either way but I'll be happy with either. I just choose the one that is more important to me. :smile:
     
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    I was considering taking a gap year off after high school and traveling but ultimately I decided that, being an officer in the Navy, I would have ample opportunity to travel the world and experience new things.

    I would say that the same goes for studying abroad. Being an officer in the military, navy or not, I feel like you will get the chance to see some cool places.
    I have a friend who is a 1/c in NROTC and he spent his last summer cruise in Lisbon.
     

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