Visiting ROTC Programs

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  1. ultrakey

    ultrakey New Member

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    I'm registered to attend a campus tour and information session in about a month, and I'm interested in that school's AROTC program. It's just a Saturday visit so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to contact the Enrollment Officer to see about speaking with him or any cadets from their Battalion. Also, would it be more beneficial to cancel my registration and schedule something through admissions specifically with the ROTC program, or just stick with the former?
     
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    Usually on Saturday's they are not there, unless it is a special weekend session they will be scheduled for. So the best course of action is to try to contact the ROTC office to ask, and/or contact admissions to see if they can set something up. My daughter visited 4 school ROTC programs, two were done through the ROO, one was a satellite program and she scheduled it through a Captain on that campus and the fourth one was through admissions. It would be very valuable to be able to visit and meet the ROO, my daughter found each school she visited she learned more about ROTC and the process. Good luck to you.
     
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  3. ultrakey

    ultrakey New Member

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    @Dckc88 Thank you, I appreciate the help. I'll definitely try contacting them.
     
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    By the way, I will add, in all cases she also did the campus based/non ROTC tour at the same time, that is valuable too. Good luck in choosing the right college for you, it is an exciting time!
     
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  5. ultrakey

    ultrakey New Member

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    @Dckc88 Yeah I'm still going to go in for the scheduled visit. I'm going to email them to see if anyone will be around that day and if not at least they know they have my interest! Thanks again!
     
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  6. KeyzCat

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    If you can go for Friday as well they may be able through ROTC and/or admissions to set you up with a overnight visit. They can try to set you up with someone in same degree program that you can shadow that person through classes Some schools though do not have classes on Friday so may still not get to shadow classes if going on Friday you can still spend Friday and Friday night maybe with ROTC cadet meet with the ROO have that night getting to know how campus life works. DS figured out schools he had thought he would love spending a couple days and a night let him see the campus life was not what would work for him. Several others have posted about their personal as well as DS/DD campus visits be it candidate weekend events at service academies, Jr/Sr Military colleges, Ivy league, big 10 schools, private and state colleges. Do a search for campus visits. I honestly am so thankful for this group for keeping me sane last year and while waiting for scholarship news. Not gonna lie about how happy I am to be on this side of the High school / College transition. Being on this side still isn't the end of the stress though esp. for the 3 year winners that still have to make it another year where there are things that would be great if they could do as well but only contracted cadets are doing because requires issued gear. If there are upgrades to 3.5 or 4 yr there is the competition to get those slots. So good news you will still need to replace that jumbo sized bottle of Tums cause you are not gonna be done with it..
     
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  7. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Every program is different, so your mileage may vary. First stop should be trying to contact the ROO. If you are visiting my school I will ask you to contact admissions, set up your visit, and ask to have Army ROTC added to your itinerary. I usually try to accommodate a weekend visit with about 30 minutes of my time if I'm around. I would encourage you to visit during the week though, since the school will be in session and you will see what it will be like. Not what it looks like on the weekends (which may be totally different). I get that parents work and taking off from school/sports is difficult. Here is a link to a blog post with my thoughts on campus visits.
    https://goldenknightbattalion.wordp...-i-knew-you-were-coming-id-have-baked-a-cake/

    Would also say that if you contact admissions and ask about meeting with ROTC and they don't have a mechanism in place to get them on your itinerary that may be a red flag that ROTC and admissions aren't on the same page. I would tell you that at most good ROTC programs the ROO is well known in the admissions office.
     
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  8. ultrakey

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    @KeyzCat @clarksonarmy Next time I'll go about scheduling the visit differently. Thanks for all of the advice!
     
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