Transfer to ROTC from Community College Advice and Concerns

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by ROTC Potential, May 6, 2016.

  1. ROTC Potential

    ROTC Potential New Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    3
    I have read online that it is possible to transfer into ROTC from community college. I would like a little advice on doing this. I am going to be honest about a few concerns I have.

    I am currently just under 70% done with my AS in Business Administration. One thing that does worry me though is my GPA. My Cumulative GPA is 3.405 and my Program GPA is 3.5. I have plenty of classes to go and can get this higher but would having a 3.7 GPA or a 3.8 GPA still look good from a community college transfer? I see a ton of post of people having 4.0 GPAs. I struggled in my math classes which hurt my GPA got a C in one and a B in the other. Is that going to look bad on my record?

    Also I am a little bit older, I just turned 24. I was a terrible high school student and I did attend community college for one semester when I was 19. I was lazy and didn't take it seriously. I got the one above mention C in math, one C in music and one B in speech. Since I've gone back to school in 2014 I have gotten nothing but A's and B's. Mostly A's. Would dropping out once look bad on my record?

    When it comes to extracurriculars what would they look for? I have been playing hockey for the last few years in, in house leagues and have started boxing training a few months ago. This summer I plan on joining the local NABA Baseball League. Would those look good for an ROTC transfer? The college I want to transfer to does have club hockey and club baseball which I plan on joining if accepted.

    I am mostly looking at AFROTC but am considering all branches.

    These are just a few questions and concerns I have. Thanks in advance to anyone who answers.
     
  2. Jcc123

    Jcc123 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Messages:
    888
    Likes Received:
    280
    Anyone can sign up for ROTC - you don't have to "apply". Just transfer to the university you want, and sign up for ROTC classes. I would recommend speaking to the unit first, though, to see if they have contracts available, etc.
     
    ROTC Potential likes this.
  3. bookreader

    bookreader Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2015
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    160
    I second the above advice. Find the ROTC unit that is attached to the college that you are interested in. (And it is possible to be in ROTC while attending a county college). Just call up the local ROTC until (you can find this on the internet) and ask which unit covers your college. Then set up a time to meet with the person in charge of this unit and come with a list of questions.

    FYI, my son did this when he was considering ROTC. He met with the person in charge (I was there since he was a minor at the time) and they just talked. It was a great meeting and very worthwhile of our time.
     
  4. ROTC Potential

    ROTC Potential New Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    3
    Good to know. I will talk to the ROTC recruiters this summer. The good news is I live in a town with two state schools and both have ROTC. The larger one has all three and the other one has Army (but I believe they let AF and N cadets attend ROTC at the other college). I had no idea you could attend ROTC while in community college either. Thank you for the answers.
     
    bookreader likes this.
  5. CSU Cadet

    CSU Cadet Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2015
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    37
    The other people posting here are talking about their high school GPA. If that is your college gpa you posted, I would imagine you don't have to worry. At least in the college I'm going to, almost no one gets 4.0s, and the cadre recommends keeping an average of 3.5 if you want to get one of your top 3 branch choices.
     
  6. ginko

    ginko Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2014
    Messages:
    116
    Likes Received:
    55
    Yes, I think your GPA is very good. My DS had a 3.4 for his first semester and he was ranked at #3 for his MS IV group. You should work on the PT test requirements. That score determines a lot!
     
  7. HerksRule

    HerksRule Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2013
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    2
     
  8. HerksRule

    HerksRule Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2013
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    2
    There are some other factors here, too. Maximum college experience (semester hours) and the varying different Service requirements for if (or how) you can catch up on the ROTC classless you have missed. Each academic year comes with a different foundational experience, there is a limit on what you can catch up on. All this translates to the same advice you are receiving, find the closest host-campus ROTC unit and visit. Congrats on your GPA and I wouldn't think age is a factor at all. Since you mentioned AFROTC, there is a good chance your community college already has a partnership: https://www.afrotc.com/locator
     
  9. 6KDogwhistle

    6KDogwhistle Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2014
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    29
    I'm assuming that you are wishing to enroll in AFROTC while attending a JC, correct? Anyone can join AFROTC the first 2 years. There's no commitment and you can quit anytime during those 2 years. There are some caveats to this rule if you are a scholarship recipient. As HerksRule have said, go on the AFROTC website and see if your JC has a cross town agreement with a college with a AFROTC unit.
    If you are talking about transferring to a 4 year college, first you need to figure out what year (sophomore or junior) you'll be transferring in as. As a general rule, before you start your junior year (year 3) in AFROTC, you have to compete and be accepted into the program. In layman's terms, it's a competitive process, depending on the needs of the Air Force and how many slots are allocated for your year group.
    The best thing to do is speak with the AFROTC unit and they'll be more that happy to explain the different options.
     
  10. ROTC Potential

    ROTC Potential New Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    3
    Sorry for the delayed response everyone. Busy Mother's Day Weekend. Excellent knows, I looked on the AFROTC website and my community college does in fact have a crosstown agreement with the AFROTC unit at the state college. I will be contacting them during the week. Thank you to everyone fore your help.
     
    Dckc88 and bookreader like this.
  11. bookreader

    bookreader Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2015
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    160
    ROTC Potential likes this.
  12. ROTC Potential

    ROTC Potential New Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    3
    I know for fact I can pass the push ups and sit ups with flying colors. I can pass the running but barely. This is one of the reasons I started boxing (the other I enjoy fighting). My endurance and running have always been my greatest weakness (baseball and hockey only require short sprints). Boxing forces you to have great endurance in order to win. Plus 90% of my boxing gym membership is made up of military, police or firefighters so all of them have PT experience. It's an environment that makes me push myself. I would honestly recommend taking boxing lessons, MMA lessons, Muay Thai or BJJ to any ROTC Cadet. Doing that will get you in shape and make you tougher.
     

Share This Page