To the ROTC Class of 2017

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by NorwichDad, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. NorwichDad

    NorwichDad Member

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    Your priority now is to finish High School Strong. Complete your varsity sports, clubs and most important, your high school classes strong. You should also start working out a few times a week to prepare your self for ROTC. Running, sittups and pushups should be part of your routine. Join a gym if you can and lift. Do not overdo it initially. Slowly work into a good program. PT tests will be very important in college. Start now if you can. The time you put in will pay off next year.

    Best of luck to you all.
     
  2. Clay.Fogleman

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    Thanks for the advice, have a great new year!
     
  3. Lcwick

    Lcwick PrayingforWP

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    Great advice! I keep telling my DS this everyday! His first choice is Westpoint, and then ROTC....but either way all the candidates need to be ready in advance, and not wait for the programs to whip their butts into shape!
     
  4. NorwichDad

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    Happy New Year to you too

    My DS was skinny kid in High School. Around Junior Year he joined a gym. A couple of law enforcement officers there took him under their wing. They showed him the right way to train. (Learn from somebody who knows) He asked them if he could buy them lunch. They told him instead to help others with what they showed him. Later he would have a group at Norwich University he took to the gym everyday.
    DS always overmaxed his PT scores in college. That and good grades opened many opportunities. Start now, the correct way. One less thing you will have to worry about going to college. It will be a good habit that will keep in you in shape and out of trouble.
     
  5. USMCGrunt

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    Another point for those who have earned a scholarship:

    This forum seems to have a few cases every year where scholarships have been lost due to legal trouble and minor infractions as a result of silly decisions prior to reporting to the unit. Temptations during your final semester of senior year abound: parties, proms, senior pranks, etc.

    Be smart - its not worth jeapordizing your scholarship.
     
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  6. kinnem

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    Make it a way of life

    +1 to NorwichDad's comments. My DS was a wrestler in high school and although he loved working out with the team he would never do anything more than that. As he prepared for NROTC MO PFT he started going to the YMCA to work on his pullups and otherwise prepare (it's only 2 doors away... I still don't understand why he wouldn't do this earlier in life :confused:). He decided he liked it, especially as he marked his progress, and kept up with it over the summer to prepare for his first PFT. He scored a 296 on his initial NROTC MO PFT and has never been lower than that since. While I'm sure some MIDN in his unit are slacking off over the winter break, he is keeping at it and is doing a ruck run even as I type this. If you do it all the time, although you push yourself hard, it will never become a difficult burden. Good luck to all the new prospective Midshipmen and Cadets. :thumb:
     
  7. NorwichDad

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    Really good point. Understand that even upon commissioning even simple infractions are not acceptable. Understandable because it is not about taking care of yourself but you are then someone responsible for other service men and women. Good Habits - Start Now - It is worth it!
     
  8. Jcleppe

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    I wrote this about a year ago, thought I would re-post. Last time the discussion veered a little off track, my intention was just to make sure all the new cadets go into the program with eyes wide open.

    Since I wrote this my son as well as others like Norwich Dad’s son have graduated and moved on to their training and units. For all of you that will start school next year just remember, life does not get any easier when you graduate. The work gets harder and the training more intense, you will work harder then you ever did in school but the rewards will be great. Norwich Dad’s son has completed Infantry BOLC and Ranger School, no easy task. This new life you have all chosen will test you everyday. I wish continued success to those who have graduated and best of luck to those just starting their journey.
     

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