SMC - ROTC - AD Questions

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  1. Hlsng

    Hlsng Member

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    Long time reader of these forums but this is my first post. Our family has no military experience and have used this forum extensively over the past year and a half.

    Our son was unsuccessful in his application to USNA and USMA, he was QNS at USMA. Plan B is a SMC where he will also be a varsity athlete. My question (s): What are the chances of earning a 2 or 3 year ROTC Scholarship at a SMC is it more difficult than at a regular university?

    His goal since middle school has been to serve as an officer in the Marine Corps. After reading these forums I have become concerned that reaching his goal is more difficult than we thought due to draw downs.

    His personal info: 3.5 GPA on honors curriculum - Eagle Scout - 5 time letterman in two varsity sports - team captain - President of Venture Crew

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. Jcc123

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    Out of curiosity, did your son not apply for the ROTC scholarship as a senior, or did he not receive one? His stats seem more than sufficient to have put him in the running for one. If he continues on at the same performance level, I'd wager he'll be competitive for a campus based one as well. It'll likely come down to whether or not there is money to award. Best
    of luck to him!
     
  3. Hlsng

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    He applied for NROTC - MO and did not receive one. He did not apply for AROTC and in hindsight probably should have but since his goal has always been USMC he stuck with NROTC MO.

    He has not decided if he will re-apply to USNA/USMA. His chances seem to be better at USMA but since Marines are the ultimate goal not sure what his decision will be and we are focused on Plan B. He did attend both Summer Seminar and SLE and enjoyed both very much and would have been very happy had USMA worked out.


    Thanks for your response.
     
  4. soccmomer

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    Best of luck to your son! Working hard at keeping up his GPA in college will be a big thing. If his sport is a Fall sport - there is a lot to juggle. Getting used to college to begin with, plus the Corps of Cadets lifestyle, plus the sport is a bit stressful for many. The academics can be hard to juggle along with all of that.
    I know at my sons SMC (Norwich), that some students were offered scholarships before school even started (like a few days before!). Will he be doing NROTC at his SMC? Perhaps contact that department at the school and inquire as to the availability of scholarships.
    Again, good luck!
     
  5. Hlsng

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    He will be attending Norwich as well and yes intends to join NROTC-MO. We were wondering if he should reach out to NROTC prior to arrival...
    He will be in a winter sport so he will have a little time to adjust but he is a Engineering major so the work load could be substantial. We just completed the medical and all he has left is the online math test which I think he is taking tonight after work.

    Thank you very much for your response.
     
  6. kinnem

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    It never hurts to reach out to the unit to let them know who you are, fill them in on athletic plans, etc. NROTC scholarships, including MO, are always a national competition, so I don't think being at an SMC makes it harder or easier.
     
  7. soccmomer

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    HIsng - once you have enough posts, Private Message me and I can get you into our Norwich Parents group on Facebook.(Different from the Norwich Parents and Family page). That goes for any other incoming Norwich parents - it is just for parents and is more or less a support group!
     

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