Study Abroad with AROTC

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  1. sheriff3

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    DS just called and said he is going to inquire about a study abroad possibility for AROTC. Does anybody have any experience with this? Thanks.
     
  2. Axxif

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    Not meaning to steal ClarksonArmy's thunder, but...

    https://goldenknightbattalion.wordpress.com/

    Check out his blog, it's got wealth of information in regards to the AROTC's CULP (Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency) and moreso individual stories about some of the cadets that have attended it before
     
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    +1 navy hoops
     
  5. sheriff3

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    For those of you interested here is what I have found so far.
    http://www.cadetcommand.army.mil/culp/
    It starts out talking about CULP but then goes into true semester study abroad oppurtunities.
    CC Reg. 145-1 and CC Pam 145-1, section 2-10
     
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    Our DS did study abroad second semester MSII year. Although he was the only cadet to do so that year his battalion encouraged it although limited it to MSII year. I believe like many issues this is battalion specific.
     
  7. sheriff3

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    Here is additional info copied from the above link:
    1. Study Abroad.
    SROTC Cadets are encouraged to spend a semester, special or summer session in academic studies abroad if feasible. Special incentives are available to further attract qualified Cadets to these valuable programs. These programs are administered by USACC DCS G-2. Details for submitting an application for Study Abroad can be found in CC Reg 145-1 and CC Pam 145-1, Section 2-10.
    App. Deadline: Fall Semester Overseas 30 May; Winter/Spring Semester 30 October; and Summer Sessions 30 March.
     
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    USAFA has an exchange program with France's École de l'Air
    Dunno if USMA does an exchange with France's École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr. The UK's Sandhurst is not exactly 4 years...
    But can ROTC cadets do exchange with those French military academies?
     
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    Google "Project GO" for a summer legitimate language immersion program. DS was in Kiev studying Russian. In many cases, DS's included, it is financed by ROTC. He is Army and his best buddy was AFROTC.
     
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    Also, for anyone really committing to pursuing foreign language proficiency, and who doesn't mind pushing out commissioning by a year, if you're able to get a Boren Scholarship its possible to get a Leave of Absence for the academic year.

    Note: Boren is hungry for ROTC Cadets. The application process is somewhat tedious, but if you're a Cadet with a 3.6 or above, and can write two decent essays, the scholarship is very attainable.
     
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    I had a buddy who studied in Spain for a semester through our University. I'm not sure if he got a leave of absence or what, but he did it during the fall of his MSIV year and I think he delayed his commissioning by a semester, yet I'm not completely sure if that was because of study abroad.
     
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    CULP and study abroad through your university are two options. Keep in mind that Army ROTC isn't the proponent for study abroad, so you coordinate with your cadre, but you arrange the opportunity through your school.

    Everything I've read about Project Go is the same deal. Project Go is not an "ROTC" program...it's a DOD initiative that provides opportunities for ROTC Cadets. At least on the Army side we advertise it, promote it, but don't administer it as far as I know.

    Of course Clarkson does not have any foreign language programs, so there are certainly folks out there that have more experience with PG. I am very familiar with CULP and we have had Cadet do a semester abroad in the past. The key is to plan early and have a good idea how you are going to meet your ROTC class requirements during that semester.

    I have also heard the Commanding General say many times over the past few months that even though we are increasing the summer training requirements we also want to continue to support internships and study abroad.
     
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    Update, DS met with Cadre today and they are supportive. DS hopes to meet with PMS today to seek his approval and help. I will give updates as they come in.
     
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    Please do share. DS is interested as well.
     
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    Two UNG cadets are attending the Republic of China Military Academy as foreign exchange cadets this semester, both on Project GO scholarships and with the full support and encouragement of the brigade. One is a student of the Chinese Flagship Program at the University of North Georgia and is at about the equivalent of the 3rd year of college-level Mandarin instruction; the other is an International Affairs major concentrating on Asian studies with plans to minor in Mandarin. Both are sophomores. Let me know if you'd like a link to their blogs, or the blog of one of the UNG cadets who completed the ROCMA exchange program last spring. Incidentally, MILS classes are completed as an online class, with one-on-one supervision from cadre and the PMS staff via email, Skype, etc.
     
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    Yes the link would be helpful.. DS is thinking maybe a summer abroad would be nice. He isn't studying a foreign language but from what I've read, that isn't a prerequisite. I guess some programs it would be.
     
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    there the Olmstead program for mid-career AD officers. Study abroad for 2-3 years.......
     
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    Out of curiosity, does UNG have a large foreign language or study abroad department? I've read a bunch of cadets and students doing lots of study abroad, foreign language trips, or other similar things from UNG. They have the contract for CULP (all the CULP people at Knox are UNG contractors) and talking with them it seems UNG pushes that stuff a lot, which I think is great. I think more college students (ROTC or not) should spend time abroad whether it's just traveling or studying.
     
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    One of UNG's stated goals is to produce globally competent citizens and future global leaders.

    About 20% of UNG cadets (135) were enrolled in Russian, Korean, Mandarin and Arabic as of November. These are some of the languages the U.S. government has deemed strategic for national security. (Other critical languages include Hindi, Urdu, Persian and Swahili.)

    UNG is designated a Chinese Flagship University by the DoD in a program aimed at helping ROTC cadets learn Mandarin Chinese. Funding for this program and the other strategic languages that are taught are tied to DoD and National Security Education Program (NSEP) grants.

    The Chinese Flagship program allows ROTC cadets to pursue intensive Chinese study while pursuing separate undergraduate degrees on a commissioning tract. The goal is for cadets in a variety of fields to gain "professional-level proficiency." In addition to completing relevant coursework, being tutored outside class, studying abroad during the undergraduate years, and taking extra classes in a variety of fields with Chinese language professors, participants who successfully achieve proficiency levels are required to spend a 5th "capstone" year in China taking a semester of regular college classes taught in Chinese, and spending a semester as an intern for a Chinese company.

    The university augments the Chinese programs through exchange partnerships with Liaocheng University in China's Shandong province and the Republic of China Military Academy in Taiwan.

    In addition to the emphasis on Chinese, a large number of cadets are enrolled in Arabic classes. Two University of North Georgia students, both cadets majoring in Arabic, received Boren Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. The Boren program provides American undergraduate students up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad.

    One of the cadets is currently attending the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He spent the summer of 2013 studying in Morocco and attended UNG's Summer Language Institute in 2012 through a Project GO scholarship, a federal program that funds instruction in strategic languages for ROTC students.

    The other cadet studied in Oman in fall 2013 on a Project GO scholarship. He is now in Oman studying at the Center for International Learning.

    Many UNG cadets who are studying strategic languages have goals of working in national security: military intelligence, the FBI, DEA, NSA, serving as community liaisons in their units when deployed, and eventually serving as global diplomatic leaders.

    NSEP is a major federal initiative through the U.S. Department of Defense designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with global language and international leadership skills. The DoD and NSEP grants affirm UNG's role in providing critical-language instruction for future military leaders.

    UNG also attracts a large number of high school students to its Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) every summer. The program offers both beginning and advanced study in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, and Korean. Unique to UNG, the program combines fitness, federal service advisement and language immersion.

    As the parent of a cadet involved in language immersion, I have been pleased with the support, encouragement and cooperation for these programs between UNG's Center for Global Engagement, the College of Arts & Letters, the Professor of Military Science, UNG's Military Leadership Center and US Army Cadet Command through the support of Project GO scholarships. Study abroad experience, cultural awareness and preparation for global leadership is clearly a priority.

    Two of UNG's cadets have interesting and fun blogs about their travel abroad adventures. Jordan Thrun was a foreign exchange cadet at ROCMA in 2014, and Bradley Shaver arrived there two weeks ago.
     
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    Cool, sounds like great opportunities
     
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