What do you do if u dont make it?

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  1. VBButler

    VBButler Member

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    I am interseted in the Naval Academy, but its so competitve i need a back up plan. But then i was looking on the website and I realized its almost a hard to get in to NROTC too. I am a freshman in high school and only have a 3.3 so far(stupid grading scale). But so far this quarter I have a 3.63. I am very involved in my church, do leadership activities, go to a college prep school,play sports, and might be joining sea cadets. My school requires at least 100 hours of community service. What happens if you dont get in NROTC, but still want to be a naval officer? What should I do to help myself? thank you.
     
  2. rotcdonde

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    it's just the scholarships that are competitive
    anyone can join rotc if you go to a college that has that program, just by signing up for the class.

    but of course, having a scholarship is preferable. keep your grades up and keep doing sports, do well on the SAT, and you should have a good shot at a scholarship
     
  3. waterisbest

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    I don't know about Navy, but here's what I can tell you about my experience with Army:

    When I did my interview last fall, the Major interviewing me said that they were looking for someone who was a "SAL"- a student, an athlete, and a leader. He also added that they wanted to see if someone would be a good fit for the service.

    Keep your grades up, take honors or AP classes, and do well on the SAT and ACT. Taking SAT prep classes will help.

    Athletics is pretty self-explanatory. Find a sport you're good at, then excel. They look very highly at varsity athletes, and if possible, become a Captain or Co-Captain of your sports team(s).

    Leadership should be both in and out of school. Try to find clubs at your school that interest you and become a club officer or committee head. Also think about community service that you can participate in to show that you give back. Work experience also doesn’t hurt.

    Now, you’re only a freshman, so don’t stress out too much. It’s great that you know what you want to do! Right now, just think about building up your resume. I would suggest copying and pasting people’s suggestions into a word document and saving it for later on, if you still think this is the path you want to go.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Centhea

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    To help with getting the scholarship, you want to focus on a Tier I degree area, which you can find on the NROTC web page.

    If you don't get the scholarship right away and decide you don't want to do the college program route (which will hopefully lead to a scholarship), you can also enlist in the Navy and pursue a commission that way. There are several Navy options for obtaining a commission if you are a great sailor.
     

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