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  1. rainstorm26

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    Hey everyone, I am from a small Pennsylvanian town, just outside Philadelphia, and am very glad to have found this lovely website. There is a lot that I want to do with my life, and many passions that I wish to pursue, but serving my country and defending everything that makes it great has always been at the forefront of those passions.

    After careful consideration, I decided that I am going to go through either NROTC or AROTC to either become a Naval Aviator or Armor Officer. Both are viable options, but I have always leaned more towards AROTC because it is offered at more universities.
     
  2. kinnem

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    Welcome board! Pick the service based on what you want to do. Also, keep in mind you may not get what you want. Would you be willing to serve in the Navy doing something other than flying? Just some food for thought. Hope you achieve your dreams. :thumb:
     
  3. rainstorm26

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    I've thought it through, if I wind up going Navy, but wash out of Flight Training, I plan to go SW. My big thing as far as deciding goes is more than just what colleges have each ROTC program, I have looked at all the branches at one point and whittled it down to Army or Navy and I keep swaying betwixt the two. Both have their appeals and benefits, but it's been hard for me to decide. I'm not saying that there aren't a large quantity good universities with NROTC, but my criteria for college (Materials Science/ Engineering major, Ice Hockey, ROTC) leaves me with few schools to apply to.
     
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    As long as you're thinking about it. Given your criteria I would think Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute would be high on your list, or at least ON your list.
     
  5. rainstorm26

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    RPI is an outstanding school, with great engineering and hockey programs, but it's very expensive. The cost of freshmen year between books, roam & board, and tuition is about $65,000, even with financial aid and scholarships, that is a lot of money. RPI is the most expensive school on my list (followed by University of Michigan at $55,000 and University of Vermont at $51,000. Everything after that is $45,000 or below)
     
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    Just make sure you have some low cost acceptable schools on your list. You should offer them an opportunity to award you a scholarship to a low cost school if that's what's needed. I'm sure you have some on your list anyway, in case a scholarship does not come through. Aim for the stars, but have backup plans.
     
  7. rainstorm26

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    Definitely. There are some great schools that fit my criteria, some have lower costs, some have bigger scholarships, and then there are ones like RPI that I could attend,but only if I worked like a draft horse in order to get scholarships and grants.
     
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    Have you considered service academies?
     
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    Welcome to the forums. When looking for your university, don't forget the ones that are "cross town" as they maybe less expensive. However, since you also want a good hockey team to go with your area of study, it may be hard to find one that fits your requirements. With NROTC, consider the Marine option also. I was told recently that the Marines are in need of pilots.
     

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