USMC College Program hurdles

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  1. MGEP

    MGEP Member

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    A question to the well informed...
    My second son has always wanted to be a Marine, the elder brother always wanted to be a Navy Officer, applied to USNA, was rated a qualified and competitive candidate, partecipated to candidate week end..but ended up not getting the BFE since was only elegible for Vice Presidential nomination (not many of those going around). Easily got into an Ivy College and received a NROTC Scholarship after a first year as a College Programmer..happy outcome :thumb:.
    The younger brother watched all this and was heartbroken since as a youngster he suffered from Juvenile Reumathoid Arthritis and this would disqualify him from competing for a NROTC Scholarship. He has been in remission for the last three years. Now a freshman at GW majoring in International Affairs and going for a second major in Business.
    He is tempted to show up at the local NROTC Unit, has a contact there and will probably get in touch. He would like to join as a College Programmer, what may his chances be considering his previous health problems?
    BTW no permanent damage from the JRA bout.
     
  2. cb7893

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    You may want to also post this in the DODMERB (Dept. of Defense Medical Examination Review Board) section.
     
  3. MGEP

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    Thanks cb7893

    Will Do .....
     
  4. USMCGrunt

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    MGEP: I can't comment on the medical chances for you son. All the commissioning paths are very competitive in today's environment. I believe there were only 11 College Program scholarships (nationwide) awarded last year. But don't forget about the other paths towards a USMC commission. There is PLC and OCS.

    Best of luck to your DS
     
  5. kinnem

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    11 nationwide to Marine option college programmers last year (ignoring folks switching from Navy option to Marine option) sounds about right. Very competitive. My son won one. Stats: 1320 SAT, 3.75 college CGPA, near perfect PFT scores. He was 1 of 2 who were not switching from Navy option last December. It can be done with regard to the scholarship but your DS #2 needs to be prepared to work hard. I can't speak to the arthritis situation. DoDMERB threads would be more helpful there.
     

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