When should I look to have my application in

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  1. Coryshade1995

    Coryshade1995 New Member

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    I'm a junior and I was wondering when I should look to have my nrotc scholarship application in by I order to make the early selection board.
     
  2. USMCGrunt

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    Coryshade1995: Before your application is seen by a board, there is an interview and physical fitness test. I am not sure if anyone knows the process for sure and I am confident that no one knows when the boards are held (strictly confidential).

    In case they stack them up as they get them and look at them in that order the best advice would be to get it done as early as possible. I think they open the applications up in the spring and the first boards are in the fall. So finishing things up in the summer or early in September would probably put you in a good position. You would then be contacted to come in for an interview and PFT.

    Good luck
     
  3. Pima

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    The NROTC board for the past few yrs has always had an Aug board scheduled, key word scheduled. They can push it back into Sept.

    As stated the system is First In First Up, so by waiting to submit until Sept., you will be behind anyone who submitted for Aug.

    Don't rush it to be the 1st in line, unless you feel certain that you are a top notch candidate and there is no room for improvement within the next 30 days. Submitting the best application is better than the 1st application.

    Traditionally, the 1st board has the lowest selection rate because this is where they start setting the bar for each unit, and it is not set as the lowest, but the highest. So don't get disappointed if you were rolled back to the next board, it is highly common.
     
  4. USMCGrunt

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    Coryshade1995: I agree with Pima on the point of "best application is better than the 1st application."

    I believe I saw you were interested in Marine Option NROTC. If so, please note the USMC has its own boards separate from the USN. If memory serves me, the first Marine board is typically in late October or November. But do not take that as fact: the timing and dates are always confidential and the best way we have of pinning it down is when people start writing posts about their selection for scholarship and then we can "backdate" the timeframe a little.

    Good luck!
     
  5. dunninla

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    Pima has made a point that I don't think I've ever seen confirmed, at least for NROTC, so I'd like to ask the group:

    1. Is the "lowest selection rate out of the 1st Board"? I don't think that is the case, at least not with NROTC, which is the subject of this Thread. To know that, we'd need to know several things I don't think we know: a) # reviewed by the fist Board, 2) # Awarded out of 1st Board. Then, we'd need to know if that even matters, and it only does if the ave. stats of those awarded is similar across the 10-14 Boards that meet for NROTC scholarships, AND the % out of first Board is lower.

    The only thing we know FOR SURE, from multiple sources including NROTC freshman advisors interviewed by prospective applicants at popular units, NETC's admin P-Flying17, and others, is that the most popular NROTC Units fill up by October, early November at he lastest. Every popular Unit will advise inquiring applicants... "Get your Application in Early for a chance here"
     
  6. Pima

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    I do not think dunninla that you would ever see those numbers. You will see the overall numbers, and maybe even how many each board awarded, but the % probably not.

    Remember many applicants get re-boarded so than that even becomes skewed since you would be looking to see how many are 1st time board or 2nd, 3rd etc.

    As far as the selection issue, Blacklab just recently posted a thread about how the top 2 colleges their DS applying for are not full yet and this is common. I know one of them is a very popular college for NROTC, and nationally known.
     
  7. dunninla

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    That's good news... it wasn't that way last year or the year before, or the year before. Looks like NROTC is proceeding much more cautiously this year.
     

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