Too late for NROTC scholarship app?

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  1. anne99

    anne99 Member

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    Here's DS's situation:

    Accepted to 4 public universities, first choice is Texas A&M (the only one of the four on the NROTC Scholarship list). This is his plan B, still waiting on news of merit and Corps of Cadet scholarships.

    Noms received for USNA, no LOA - just in waiting mode.

    He just discovered the opportunity for NROTC scholarship. Somehow that info just fell through the cracks in all the hubbub of getting nomination apps and USNA app done.

    He looked it up and the app deadline for NROTC is 31 Jan.

    Since A&M is the only college on the list that he is interested in, would you advise that he go ahead and apply for NROTC scholarship at this late date? And is that even possible to start the app this late? If he is not offered a USNA appointment, he plans on trying again next year.

    He has already put down a housing deposit at A&M as well and will accept admission even if he does receive an appointment (just in case).
     
  2. goforspaatz

    goforspaatz USAFA c/o 2020

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    As far as I know, and have seen on the NROTC website, yes, you can still apply. They say "Deadline for submitting your application is the end of January for the school year for which we are soliciting applications". Also, hopefully he gets USNA, but if not, there are 3 and 2-year scholarship options, and it looks like there are some options you can apply for during freshman year. Obviously, applying now will mean he misses some earlier boards, but there are still opportunities. Best wishes!
     
  3. md403

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    No it is not too late to apply as spaatz has pointed out. The remaining boards are below

    7-11 DEC results 24 DEC
    11-14 JAN results 22 JAN
    25-29 JAN results 12 FEB
    8-1 FEB results 26 FEB
    22-26 FEB results 11 MAR
    7-11 MAR results 25 MAR
    4-8 APR results 22 APR
    18-22 APR results 6 MAY

    As far applying to Texas AM, normally everyone gets some type of scholarship from the Corps of Cadets (most get a Sul Ross) if you are out of state, getting one on these will give you in state tuition. Most notifications start trickling out around mid February through the summer. Merit at Texas AM is rolling depending on department. Use the link to http://texags.com/forums/17/topics/2230552 to read about tamu and you can normally email issues to and get responses back fairly quickly from Admissions and other departments. Now if he goes to tamu, only thing he needs to research are the outfits to join.
     
  4. anne99

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    He doesn't plan on applying to any other schools now. Is the fact that A&M is the only NROTC scholarship school going to be a big problem?
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Normally they want 5, but since TAMU gives in state tuition they might allow it. OTOH, it's possible all the scholarship slots are full. Personally, I would list 5 with TAMU as number 1. If he wins a scholarship and it's not to TAMU, he can always decline it later. It gives him more options and does no harm.
     
  6. anne99

    anne99 Member

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    Already in-state at TAMU.
     
  7. 5Day

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    Since only 1 board has held, would all the spots/scholarships have been given out?
     
  8. NAVYHOPEFUL2019

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    Definitely apply, my son was in the same position last Jan and applied to NROTC late. His scholarship was awarded in February.
     
  9. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    No way for us mere mortals to know.
     
  10. md403

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    @5Day, Im sorry, i posted the remaining boards dates and results. There are total of 13 boards and they started in September.
     
  11. Class2020Dad

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    My DS plan B is TAMU. He has been accepted so we are just waiting on Navy! Advice: Read the fine print on NROTC Scholarship. If anything goes wrong with grades and murphy shows up, as he always does, DS will need to join Navy as enlisted for 2 years before getting back to college classes. TAMU still has great program without NROTC and the most officers joining any branch of service after graduation! Good Luck!
     
  12. Pima

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    Class2020,

    Unless the fine print has changed it is either serving out or repaying the scholarship. It is the Navy's decision which option they will select. In all of my years here I have seen at least 1 ROTC student lose their scholarship every year (AKA @7), but 0 given the offer of serving it out. All were handed a bill.

    There are 2 reasons that they hand the bill over service.
    1. They are not hurting for military members
    2. Someone that leaves the program may not have the best attitude and that does not make for good morale within the unit.

    PS. I would agree with others, that powerhouse units may not have any more slots available by the time he is finally boarded.
     
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  13. 2020NACandidate

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    I am also in the same boat...decided to anyway apply for NROTC. Could my USNA CFA scores be sent directly to NROTC board?
     
  14. goforspaatz

    goforspaatz USAFA c/o 2020

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    I would say don't do it. The NROTC AFA (applicant fitness assessment) is just curl-ups, push-ups and a 1 mile run. The CFA is more events and is longer. Likely, your CFA and AFA scores would be different because of the other CFA events. I would recommend taking the AFA separately.
     
  15. 2020NACandidate

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    I was only wondering if CFA would be acceptable, because I maxed out push ups/run on the CFA. It occurs to me that the CFA may not be accepted by ROTC board because NROTC website the test should be administered by a recruiter.
     
  16. goforspaatz

    goforspaatz USAFA c/o 2020

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    According to the PDF I got from NROTC, they said testing can be administered by "any PE instructor, athletics coach, and active duty officer, active duty E-7 or NJROTC instructor" so in theory if you used one of those to take the CFA, it would be fine.

    However, whether NROTC would accept it is a different story. It doesn't hurt to ask your admissions counselor. Worst case they say no and you take the AFA.
     
  17. kinnem

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    Actually it depends. For Navy Option what you state may very well be correct. However, for Marine Option I know for a fact it must be administered by another Marine. Also it uses the USMC PFT and not the CFA.
     
  18. 5Day

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    USNA will not send your CFA scores to NROTC. DS asked
     
  19. Class2020Dad

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    Thanks for the reply PIMA. Having been an officer in the Air Force, I pay close attention to the fine print. If it says.....you must serve for 2 years if grades fail then that is their option. All I am saying is, BE CAREFUL. If you really want the Navy and don't mind being enlisted then go for it. Otherwise, get that 4 year degree in an area the Navy wants and sign up after your 4 years. Good Luck!
     
  20. Norfolk63

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    It all depends on your NROTC recruiter. DS had scheduling conflicts due to football team going to states. He asked USNA to send CFA scores to NROTC... which they cheerfully agreed to. Bottom-line: DS received 4yr NROTC (Navy Option) Scholly to 1st choice school approx 2 weeks later. It CAN be done. Good luck!
     

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