Waiting for NROTC results ruined my figure

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  1. jvisser

    jvisser New Member

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    Hello to all! This is my first post besides an introduction, so forgive me if I do something dumb.
    I know there have been a bunch of posts about waiting for NROTC results, but I need to vent my anxiety somewhere. Does anyone else feel like they want to rip their own hair out waiting??
    I actually wanted to write this post to find out if I have a fighting chance getting the NROTC. I talked with a Lt. at the University of Utah (where I'm a student), and he said that NROTC selection has become even harder because of the recent budget cuts that the Military has taken. Obviously, this would make any applicant doubt the likelihood of their acceptance.
    I earned an Associate's Degree from the local Community College in highschool, got on the President's List Honor Roll and a membership to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and graduated with a 3.89 (out of 4.0) GPA. BUT...in my first semester at the University of Utah, I mistakenly took 2 senior-level classes and earned a 2.98 GPA for that semester. Not so impressive, as you can see. I wasn't very involved in team sports. I do have my EMT-Basic certification and have experience with the EMS system. My oldest sister is a Firefighter/Paramedic, and I have considerable experience working as a team with firemen at the station. I do have a lot of volunteer hours. For my Officer interview pre-questionnaire, it asks for a situation in which you stepped up and took responsibility. I used the fact that I mothered (literally) my niece from infancy to two years while my sister (the Firefighter) had to deal with the aftermath of a deadbeat ex-husband (I didn't use those words, per se).
    Does any of this make me stand out as an applicant? I applied for the NROTC Navy Nurse Option.

    Thanks!
     
  2. patentesq

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    Welcome to SAF, jvisser! Your situation seems very particularized. I would seek out an NROTC cadre member and have him/her work with you.
     
  3. FloridaDad

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    There are many options for nursing graduates to gain a commission. Along with ROTC nurses also have other in school options. Navy and AF both have in school programs, the one below is Navy:

    The Nurse Candidate Program (NCP)
    The Nurse Candidate Program provides a monthly stipend for full time students in accredited Bachelor of Science Nursing programs. Students can enroll after their sophomore year and receive an initial grant of $10,000 (paid in two installments of $5000 each), plus $1000 a month for up to 24 months.

    Nurses can also get direct commission with bonuses plus loan repayment. The NCP and DC both offer comparable financial benefits to the ROTC with the added benefit not having the ROTC classes. The final two years of many nursing programs can be fairly demanding, some even take an extra semester.

    If you're set on a nursing career I would focus on that while in college and worry about commissioning later.
     
  4. cassandra

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    You seem like a good candidate. Everything you listed is impressive.

    I am also a dual enrollment student & I am waiting to hear about the nurse option scholarship. Good luck to you!
     
  5. jvisser

    jvisser New Member

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    Thanks for your help!
     

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