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Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by Libertykid, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Libertykid

    Libertykid Member

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    I have read several threads concerning the national wait list. At this point I have neither received the dreaded TWE or the famous BFE. Many of you have mentioned April as being the time when most applications wrap up. I have the 4 year ROTC scholarship but can't let go of West Point. Should I just accept my scholarship and continue to wait?
     
  2. bookreader

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    There is no drawback to waiting.
     
  3. Falcon A

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    Liberty -- congrats on your 4yr ROTC national scholarship. I'm assuming it's Army? If you haven't, you should DEFINITELY notify US Army Cadet Command that you accept the scholarship. If the appointment to USMA comes through, your AROTC scholarship will be automatically cancelled once you report on R-Day.

    Every year there are candidates that receive an 4yr AROTC national scholarship but don't receive a USMA appt, and every year there are candidates that do receive a USMA appt, but are notified that did not qualify for an AROTC scholarship. Different processes doing the selection.

    Be proud of your 4 yr AROTC scholarship award. You obviously have a strong record. It typically takes a "SA" quality record to win one. The following numbers are approximates. You probably won 1 of only 600 available 4 yr slots if the AROTC scholarship numbers are anything last the past 2 years. (Army awards approx 2500 scholarships yearly but the large majority are 3 yr scholarships.). In other words, your record was one of the top 600 records Cadet Command evaluated out of around 8000-10000 applications. As you know, AROTC does not have the nomination and geographic component like the SAs and that geographic factor can have a huge impact on getting or not getting an appointment. AROTC evaluates the records, determines a whole candidate score and puts you on the OML in rank order. If you are in the top 600, you get a 4 yr scholarship. That is pretty rare air.

    Work your Plan B -- sounds like you've got a great one if the USMA appt doesn't come through.
     
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  4. Ice64

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    I agree with Falcon A, accept that 4 year scholarship before the deadline. Get plan B completed so you can wait for USMA knowing you already have a great landing spot for next year if USMA doesn't come through this year. Congratulations on winning the 4 year AROTC scholarship!
     
  5. bookreader

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    @Falcon A that excellent explanation of ROTC scholarships.
     
  6. Sledge

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    Well said. For a USMA appointment, you can be a fantastic candidate and the stars still have to align.
     
  7. Libertykid

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    Thanks! I am definitely going to handle that paper work. If you stars do align I will post it!
     
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