1. KyleMullins45

    KyleMullins45 Member

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    Hello all! I have a quick question about VMI, and was curious to see if anyone could give me an answer... So, my goal is to receive a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship at VMI, however, I need a solid back up plan... My thought was joining the Virginia National Guard, I heard somewhere that they'd give me in state tuition (as out of state tuition for VMI is quite costly). I know I have the chance to get deployed in time of war, and I'm 100% prepared to do so. I'm looking for someone to enlighten me, and just help me out if anybody knows anything about this. Thanks for answers in advance, just trying to figure things out ahead of time, and get a solid backup plan!
     
  2. Strength and Honor

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    I was considering the same thing. I don't think joining the Guard is the best way to get it done though, a lot of problems can arise from that. Rats only get two free weekends a year, so you'll have to do a lot of paperwork to get to leave Post for your Guard weekend every month. There's been lots of threads on the SMP here before, and it just seems like a headache to me at a normal school, let alone at a place like VMI.

    I think your best bet is to wait for the Army scholarship, reach out to the cadre and let them know how interested you are, and apply for merit scholarships. You might just have your wish granted.
     
  3. bruno

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    Quite a few guys do exactly what you are describing. There is a NG unit there in Lexington and the only time that Underclassmen can drive a car as Cadets is to go to drill. Having that monthly drill pay would be nice and I believe that you are correct that you will get in-state tuition if you are a member of the VANG when you matriculate, though you need to ask this question of the registrar's office. The downside to doing this is that you are pretty constrained for free time to begin with, and will have a lot on your plate even before you do this. And once you complete Basic/AIT you are deployable - not as big a deal now as it was a few years ago when there were quite a few cadets who had one, two,s even three deployments as Reservists or Guardsmen. (There was one Marine reservist who graduated 10 years after he matriculated as a result of his 3 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan). So this is a viable option but it does have its challenges.
     
  4. Uhtred

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    Hi, DS is a 3rd at VMI and has done the VA NG route. As for in-state tuition, VMI is the only state school that DOES NOT extend in-state rates for NG personnel. As for deployable status, you become deployable only after completing Basic and AIT. DS did basic last summer and was planning on AIT this summer but contracted last Thursday into SMP so will be non-deployable until he graduates (or doesn't but things are looking good so far). After Basic you do receive state and fed tuition assistance plus the monthly drill money which helps a great deal rein in the costs.
     
  5. NAS

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    VMI NG

    We had a few BRs who went away for the 1st Gulf War and they were very thankful for the VA National Guard and their experiences therein.
    From what I saw as a cadet and as a grad, VMI strongly supports and facilitates cadets who are members of the National Guard.
     
  6. keydet2016

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    Yep, we can't get In state. Also PM me if you have questions. I'm in VMI '16 and in the Guard.
     
  7. NAS

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    You Should Get In-State

    I'm disappointed you don't get in-state. Is there a time you must serve in the NG before the Institute grants in-state?
     

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