What is a college programmer?

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  1. SOONERS96

    SOONERS96 Member

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    Hi,
    I keep hearing about doing AROTC as a college programmer. Can someone please inform me on what this is exactly? :D
     
  2. Strength and Honor

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    Someone who just takes the military science classes and isn't on scholarship. Still part of the battalion, just not contracted.
     
  3. Jcleppe

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    It's a lot more the "Just taking" Military Science classes.

    The term College Programmer is usually used to describe NROTC cadets that participates without a scholarship.

    For AROTC, it simply means that you would participate in AROTC without a scholarship or SMP status.

    A scholarship is not required to enroll in AROTC, in fact most of the cadets in a battalion do not have a scholarship. There is no difference between a scholarship or non scholarship cadet other then the contract. Other then being eligible for summer training or CULP during your first two years, there is no difference. You would participate in all phases of training in the battalion. Once you complete your first two years you can continue onto the Advanced Course, at this time you will sign the contract. You would commission the same as a non scholarship cadet as any other cadet.
     
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    We don't call them programmers...as Jcleppe said, it's an NROTC term. In Army ROTC you are a non scholarship cadet if you are in this category, which is what about 50% of Cadets in our battalion are.
     
  5. dunninla

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    That seems high for a Private college, but then again I think you fight pretty hard to find the scholarship dollars for your non-scholarship cadets. I'll bet 50% don't have scholarships when they first arrive! At large in-State public universities, as much as 75% of freshmen cadets are not on scholarship.

    P.S. OP: Some of the highest ranked non-scholarship MSI and MSIIs are awarded Scholarships during their freshman or sophomore years.
     

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