Speaking and writing opportunities- Army ROTC

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  1. uwknight

    uwknight Member

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    If we understand the new merit system speaking and writing opportunities are included in the point system (if this is incorrect please feel to correct me). The question is how does one submit articles and to who and where? Are there topics ROTC are looking for? How does one go about obtaining speaking engagements, and may I assume they need to be Army ROTC related, surely its not just for any collegiate class.

    Any guidance/hints/suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. nofodad

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    My DS was part of the first class where this was part of the OML shakeup. I can only tell you that there are plenty of public speaking opportunities as you rise to leadership in your battalion (or at least there were in my DS' battalion). One MSIV who commissioned with my DS had unbelievable PT, GPA, language ( I think he knew 4, state dept. kid) but he stuttered when speaking in public. Fortunately he was not seeking AD, probably would not have qualified, despite his achievements. You will also write papers for your military science classes and labs, that will reveal more about your communication abilities, at least it did for my DS. If you're concerned about your public speaking skills I suggest you join your local toastmasters group.
     
  3. AROTC Parent

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    You can be credited for speaking and writing articles/publications other than related to ROTC and the military. Scientific presentations, research publications, poster presentations at a university research event, articles in a school newspaper, and many more. If you get it documented they all count. I have seen postings on GoArmy.com for ROTC cadets for which they received credit.

    Edit: On the GoArmy website it's called success stories. Take advantage of your interests in making video, writing articles, or public speaking in a topic of interest to you. Cadet Command's facebook page has similar entries and postings. A link from there to a blog posting/article or video with you as the writer, interviewee, or interviewer all would likely count.
     
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  4. tjb1975

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    This is interesting. In the "additional information" section of my DS's AROTC scholarship application, he linked to an article written about him in our local newspaper. DS was quoted in the article and it was about his football career, but focused on his interest in the Army, including quotes from him. I wonder if that helped him since he was awarded a 4-year? I have been a reporter for many years and have drilled communication skills and public speaking into my kids. Good to know it wasn't for nothing!
     
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    Hmmm...I wonder if doing a recruiting/information visit at your home high school would count as a way to get OML points for this? That seems easy enough to do when visiting home during a college break.
     
  6. KeyzCat

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    Congressional SA info sessions might also welcome ROTC cadets since Congress reps are limited in how many nominations they can give they are then allowing other options to be shared could even offer to do a Video day in the life that representatives as well as high school could post .
     

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