Service commitment

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  1. uniform 419

    uniform 419 GMU CDT

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    First off, for the record, I'm not going to a service academy, I've decided on ROTC.

    But I was wondering, does West Point have the same "get out of service free" card if you drop out before Sophmore year begins, or is that a purely ROTC thing.
     
  2. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    You can leave anytime before the first day of classes Junior year free of charge.
     
  3. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    All of the academies allow you to attend for 2 years before incurring a service commitment.
     
  4. uniform 419

    uniform 419 GMU CDT

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    that's suprising, a year at West Point is a much larger investment for the Army than a year of AROTC, if anything I thought you would incur the service obligation earlier at USMA.
     
  5. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    We were always told that it was because the first year at an academy is so different than life the remaining years (or in the real Army) that they want to give you the chance to come back sophomore year and see what life is like when you're no longer putting up with all the rules/regulations of being a plebe. I think the logic is that they'd lose a lot more people during plebe year who would quit during one of those "This place sucks!" times by allowing them to return the next year without commitment and make the decision during a more positive time. In theory, this results in them keeping more cadets overall.
     
  6. uniform 419

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    Certaintly makes sense to me.
     

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