Too late to join ROTC?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Rivester, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. Rivester

    Rivester New Member

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    I am going to start my junior year at university in 20 days, is it too late to join the ROTC program? I am a junior but due to a change in major I will have to stay an extra semester (barring taking winter/summer session). Is there any chance to still join the program, or should I simply attempt OCS after graduation?
     
  2. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Talk to the ROTC at your school ASAP. If you were attending one of my schools I would be willing to give you some options, especially if you will have 5 semesters left. We need at least 4 good semesters and a way to get you credit for the first two years of ROTC.

    I'm talking Army, so if you are interested in a different service branch mileage may vary.
     
  3. navyhopeful15

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    No one will be able to give you a definitive answer but your cadre, so I'd suggest emailing/calling them ASAP. Speaking as a student with limited knowledge on the subject: I've seen it happen in Army and Air Force. As for Navy/Marine, at least at my school, it would be very difficult (barring on impossible) to join the unit so late in the game because of the way scholarships are generally handed out. Options like OCS for Navy and PLC for Marines are still on the table.
     
  4. Pima

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    Theoretically, yes they can do AFROTC because they have extended their graduation date so they will be a POC for 3 semesters.

    Realistically, it is an uphill battle as a jr. because for AFROTC they must be selected for SFT that spring. I don't know their cgpa, nor their SAT/ACT scores, but they need to be in the 3.0/3.1 tech, 3.3/3.4 non-tech.

    Additionally for selection the CoC rec is the big chunk of change. They would be a 250 because they did not do 100. As a 250 they will have @ 3 months to shine. 200 jobs in the det. for fall are typically assigned spring semester 100 yr. That can be an issue. 200's will have 3 semesters in the det. The CoC has a name with a face.

    If not selected for SFT, they will be dis-enrolled.

    I agree with Clarkson contact the det., because they are the ones that will be able to see more precisely which path is better for you.
     
  5. Rivester

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    Was asked if it was possible to stay another semester for 5yr graduation, perhaps by adding another minor. Going to have to think about this and meet with someone in person. Thanks for advice all.
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    That's probably what I would have suggested if you were at my Battalion. Nothing more frustrating than having a student come to me too late in the game to help. I definitely need to see someone in the first two years of college to be able to easily help them become Army Officers. It gets a lot more complicated once you enter summer before your Junior year.
     

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