What are my chances of getting the Army ROTC Scholarship?

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  1. FSCilla

    FSCilla New Member

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    I am bearly a Junior in H.S. But i would like to know what are my chances of getting the ARMY ROTC Scholarship? ..I still haven't applied obviosly,but here are what i have done,please give me your honest opinion,and any reccommendations,tips,advice,personal experience would be greatly appreciated thanks!

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    -3.0 Unweighted GPA ..Although my freshman year grades were a few B's,Mostly C's,and 2 D's. Last year i had Mostly C's,1 D,a few A's,and a few B's.
    -3rd year in JROTC program ,currently holding a leadership position S-1 Adjudant OFFICER And last year i also held a leadership position by being the S-5 Public affairs officer,and more than likely next year (my senior year) i will become the Battalion Commander,or Executive officer (XO),along with participating in all teams Drill team,Color Guard,Rifle team,Adventure Team/Physical Fitness team
    -Under 8 minutes in the 1.5 mile run,over 30 push ups,35 sit ups,and 4 pull ups in a minute.(Im a female and i can say im in preety good shape)
    -Played Volleyball,and This will be my third year of tennis (more than likely i will be getting my varsity letter this year)
    -Part time job with 25-30 hours per week
    -I also maintain a leadership position (president) in my advisory class,which is a requirement study hall class for everyone
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    Competition will be very stiff this year and likely next, and we won't know what the stats look like until the dust settles. Work very hard to bring your grades up (this will only help you with your other college plans). And apply as soon as possible.

    Note: Many schools disregard your freshman grades (although not the ROTC scholarship folks), so if your D's were from freshman year, they may not count in your "recalculated GPA".

    Absolutely apply, and make your application as appealing as possible.
     
  3. dunninla

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    Your grades are, as you already know, going to be an issue. Also, and I'm not trying to bust your chops, you should give a little more attention to detail in your post... check for spelling, etc.

    Given that your GPA will make it pretty long odds to get a scholarship out of High School, you should know there are quite a few ways to get a commission as an Army Officer. There is a program called Simultaneous Membership Program, SMP for short, in which you joint the Army Reserve before you start college, then participate in ROTC during college with the SMP financial support. There are a few threads on this Board about SMP that you should search out and note as a good option.

    There is an SMP program for both Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
     
  4. FSCilla

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    I am really interested in to how the board will look like this year and what the result's will be,obviously so that i can get a headstart and/or learn anything from it.But my grade's right now are looking preety stellar as i am aiming for straight A's my first semester of this year (junior year),and hopefully my final second semester grades will avarage out to straight A's as well.

    But do you know when would be the appropriate time for me to apply for the scholarship?I am assuming it would be right after i get my SAT/ACT Scores,but im still not sure?
    Thanks
     
  5. FSCilla

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    Yeah but right now as i had mentioned in my previous reply,my grades are looking preety stellar.I mean seriously, i have grown tremendously from my freshman and sophmore year..Do you think that if i ace this year and next year's grade's,(especially on my SAT/ACT),it will look good on the scholarship?
    ..As in to my spelling i apologize most of the time im in a rush and dont really have time to go over my spelling on forums.Just bluntly said sorry.

    And oh really?I think i've heard a recruiter from ROTC mention it to my class before.But i will look into it thank you so much for your time.
     
  6. Pima

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    You cannot apply until the spring of your rising SR yr.

    You are placing the cart in front of the horse.

    PAR (academics and SAT/ACT) are a portion of the WCS. School profile counts re: Ivy vs Private vs Public vs CC. Course curriculum counts, 9 APs out of 16 compared to 3 will matter. Weighted vs unweighted based on a 7 or 10 pt scale will play in the equation for PAR. PFA is another portion. ECs are the final portion.

    However, where most candidates get caught on the hiccup is DODMERB. You can play volleyball or tennis, but if you are on Accutane it is an issue. Allergies it is up to the branch to waive.

    You are also not understanding that because the Super Committee failed, DOD is mandated to cut an additional 650 BN on top of the 450 BN for FY 13 which begins Oct 1, 2012.

    Follow everyone's advice and apply.

    If you want a hint of chancing you for 17, only a fool would tell you the chances. Even the programs that exist for 15 may disappear for 17.

    Nobody here knows what the future will hold. Nobody has yet to see how the 16 board falls out for scholarships.
     
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  7. FSCilla

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    Im gonna going to lie im a little bit confused of what you mean on...

    "You are also not understanding that because the Super Committee failed, DOD is mandated to cut an additional 650 BN on top of the 450 BN for FY 13 which begins Oct 1, 2012."
     
  8. Packer

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    Our Congress is busy creating new crisis. This latest one may result in additional DoD cuts which some are speculating on how this may affect ROTC scholarships.

    Take care of what you can control, ie. grades, fitness, ec's. Research plan B's if AROTC doesn't come through. It will do you no good to worry about what congress is or is not doing this week. Good luck.
     
  9. Pima

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    FSCilla,

    Currently the DOD has been told to cut 650 BN more over the 450 BN that they were planning on cutting.

    Fiscal Yr (FY) begins on Oct 1st for the following yr. Hence FY 13 will start on Oct 1st 2012. The same yr you would be applying for a scholarship, which may or may not impact ROTC scholarships as packer stated.

    There is too much uncertainty right now with the military. Packer is correct what you need to do now is get the best grades possible, strong SAT/ACT, EC's, etc. on your resume. That is the only thing you have control over.

    It is also important to discuss with the folks how you will pay for that college without a ROTC scholarship. I am not saying you won't get a scholarship, I am saying that paying for it without a scholarship should be your plan B.

    Scholarships even before these latest cuts were not the majority. They have always been the minority for cadets. Maybe 20-25% at a det. If you are one of the 75% how will you pay for that education.

    I hope you did take the PSAT. The reason why is that test is the test to be eligible for a National Merit Scholarship. Even if you do not become an NMF, just being a semi finalist opens you up to merit money from colleges. Any additional scholarship or FA that you get above the ROTC scholarship can be used conjointly with ROTC. That means you could have a free ride without taking loans or grants.

    Use this yr to also investigate the schools, including ROTC units. Colleges are different and so are the ROTC dets. You may love it on the internet, but once there fee that it isn't a good fit. Make an apptmt to talk to someone at the unit, and ask to speak to some MSIII/IVs, because again cadres vary a lot. Ask your parents to meet you somewhere later on, cadets usually talk more freely without parents around.

    While you are there also ask 5 questions.
    1. Does the ROTC unit sit on the admissions board?
    ~~~ The reason behind this question is that if you are on the cusp with a scholarship in hand, and they talk, ROTC may be able to persuade them to place you in the admit pile and not the waitlist pile.
    2. Does the school offer discounts to ROTC cadets?
    ~~~ Some schools will offer free R & B or a few grand in scholarships from the school if the student will be contracted. Every penny matters.
    3. Dorming
    ~~~ Some schools will house ROTC together in one dorm, some will place them wherever there is room available. Even a small issue like that can be a make or break for a candidate. Not every kid wants to live 24/7 with ROTC, some do want it for the entire experience.
    4. Corps
    ~~~ Some schools have a Corps. You can be in the Corps and not be in ROTC, but you can't be in ROTC without being in the Corps. This is the time to discuss how much more time will be required away from your studies on top of ROTC.

    Again some kids want to be at a school like that because they want to get as close to an SA experience without attending an SA.
    5. Career field chances
    ~~~ Some schools have higher numbers for certain branches because they strive on training to make sure the cadets OML number is high.


    Don't worry about the budget, because in the end of the day you have no control over it. It will be what it will be and nobody here is a psychic.

    Just use your time to get everything you can in order.

    Finally, if you have had any medical issues that could cause a DQ, get your records in order now. The waiver process can vary from a few weeks to months depending on the waiver that is required. Many kids get shocked when they were hit with a DQ because when they were 6 they had a cold, and the doc stated it possibly was asthma and gave the child an inhaler, which to this day they never used, but does hold a prescription for it to this day.

    Eyes are typically the more common issue regarding correctable or color blind issues.

    Have to ask about this:
    So everyone has study hall? I had study hall in HS because of science labs, but I am shocked that schools still have study halls these days. None of my kids (3 different HS in 2 states) had study hall unless they opted for it as a SR instead of taking jump start and had AP'd out...the only way you were eligible for jump start was you ran the gamut of AP's offered and fulfilled HS requirements for graduation.
     
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