What are my chances?

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  1. nukingit33

    nukingit33 New Member

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    Okay so I'm set on becoming a Marine Officer via NROTC.
    I'm a 2012 graduate and put college on hold because I thought I was going enlisted Navy in July. I went to MEPS in July to try and enlist in the Navy but I second guessed myself while they were taking too long to get me a NAPT date. I've already been accepted to two of the five schools I listed in my application.
    I'm sure I can get "good" references from my guidance counselor, my water polo coach, as well as from my math and English teachers.
    I had about a 3.3 GPA and took mostly Honors and AP courses.
    I know my SAT reading score is horrible but the math isn't the best I could do either(I guess that's what I get for being sick the day of the test).
    SAT Reading: 480 :(
    SAT Math: 580 :/
    AFQT: 89
    I had a job as a Crew Leader at an ice cream chain from Sophomore-Senior year. I was in lots of clubs/societies, was in marching/honor concert band(held leadership position), volunteered by hosting exchange students 10th and 12th grade.
    I also aced all the medical at MEPS except the blood pressure(the guy did it wrong and kinda freaked me out- I don't have hypertension nor had a history of it). Also, I don't know if this is applicable but I can obtain residency status in 4/5 of the colleges I applied.
    So what do you think of my chances??
     
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    Are you asking what your chances are for getting a NROTC Marine Corps Option Scholarship, or are you asking what your chances are of becomming a Marine Corps Officer.
     
  3. nukingit33

    nukingit33 New Member

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    NROTC Marine Corps Option Scholarship.
     
  4. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe Member

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    Your right at the minimum for your SAT

    A lot will depend on your Athletics and leadership.

    Your GPA is on the lower end of the average.

    I'm not sure you can even apply for the National Scholarship since you are no longer in High School. There are some folks on here that will be able to answer that question for sure.
     
  5. dunninla

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    ^ he can apply for NROTC - Navy Option while a freshman in college and NOT participating in NROTC, per several posts over the past year. However, it is possible that NROTC - Marine Option is a different animal.

    In any case, my judgement, no offense intented, is that while OPs academic stats are far above average, they aren't in the top 10%, or even 20%. That's a pretty big negative to getting a scholarship, but probably not a problem to simply participate as a college programmer and then try to get Advance Standing without having been awarded a side-load scholarship.
     
  6. kinnem

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    You don't mention having any college credit, and as long as it's under 30 hours its my understanding you can still apply. You MUST retake the SAT or take the ACT instead. You are just above the minimums and that won't actually win you a scholarship. Also, you don't mention any athletics or conditioning and without at least some knowledge of your PFT score its impossible to chance you for Marines. Your leadership is OK. If you can raise your SAT scores by a couple hundred points each you might have a chance, otherwise I would say it doesn't look great, but it's not 0% chance either.

    That being said, if a scholarship doesn't pan out, you should consider enrolling in NROTC Marine Option at one of the schools you plan to attend. I'd be in touch with the schools now about the scholarship and exploring the college programmer route. As a college programmer you are eligible to apply for a sideload scholarship starting second semester of your freshman year. You'll still need to bring up the SAT scores but it gives you time and now your stellar (it will be stellar right?) performance in the unit will be taken into account.

    Good luck. I hope this all works out for you.:thumb:
     

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