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Old 12th April 2011
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Default Immediate Scholarship Reservation or LREC? NROTC Question...

Recently, I spoke with an NROTC rep in my area. Though my rec isn't 'complete' yet (still in the process of filling it out), I was exhorted to switch my intended major from Japanese to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 technical major. If I were to do so, I was promised entry to a program called ISR, which I recognized, after the fact, to be some kind of fast-track means of processing one's application.
While I'm extremely flattered, I'm more than a bit hesitant to go for this. Seeing how quickly NROTC moved, and being in the process of applying to all three branches (and weighing my options therein), I'm not exactly primed to make that decision. I'm extremely motivated in my focus on East Asian Area studies, and intend to work toward a position in an FAO-esque role (within whichever branch I ultimately decide to be commissioned through/attend ROTC in). I'm not desperate for the scholarship; I have a guaranteed full ride to Baylor through the National Merit Scholarship, and I believe that, if I am to fund my education through an ROTC scholarship before actually beginning a military career, I will do so on the terms of my existing academic aspirations.
However, what worried me most in the conversation was my rep's quick dismissal of the Language, Regional Expertise and Cultural Awareness (LREC) scholarship. I had indicated interest in it on my application, and see it as the channel to the Naval equivalent of an FAO role. I suspect that he didn't recognize it from my description, and I'm aware that it is extremely selective (20 to 30 students per year), but he felt that I was putting myself at a serious disadvantage in selecting Japanese and should ultimately go technical if I desire to pursue a Naval career.
Am I missing some information on the LREC program, or am I underestimating the value of an ISR submission? Will LREC hurt my chances to work in an area or language-specific role if I ultimately go Navy?
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Old 14th April 2011
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Recently, I spoke with an NROTC rep in my area. Though my rec isn't 'complete' yet (still in the process of filling it out), I was exhorted to switch my intended major from Japanese to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 technical major. If I were to do so, I was promised entry to a program called ISR, which I recognized, after the fact, to be some kind of fast-track means of processing one's application.
While I'm extremely flattered, I'm more than a bit hesitant to go for this. Seeing how quickly NROTC moved, and being in the process of applying to all three branches (and weighing my options therein), I'm not exactly primed to make that decision. I'm extremely motivated in my focus on East Asian Area studies, and intend to work toward a position in an FAO-esque role (within whichever branch I ultimately decide to be commissioned through/attend ROTC in). I'm not desperate for the scholarship; I have a guaranteed full ride to Baylor through the National Merit Scholarship, and I believe that, if I am to fund my education through an ROTC scholarship before actually beginning a military career, I will do so on the terms of my existing academic aspirations.
However, what worried me most in the conversation was my rep's quick dismissal of the Language, Regional Expertise and Cultural Awareness (LREC) scholarship. I had indicated interest in it on my application, and see it as the channel to the Naval equivalent of an FAO role. I suspect that he didn't recognize it from my description, and I'm aware that it is extremely selective (20 to 30 students per year), but he felt that I was putting myself at a serious disadvantage in selecting Japanese and should ultimately go technical if I desire to pursue a Naval career.
Am I missing some information on the LREC program, or am I underestimating the value of an ISR submission? Will LREC hurt my chances to work in an area or language-specific role if I ultimately go Navy?
If a Tier 1 or Tier 2 major is not what you really want, then the value of a guaranteed spot is diminished. If LREC is your primary goal, then why not pursue that? LREC is hard to get, but not impossible, and if you're in the running for ISR, then you are likely in the running for LREC. Rather than only talk to your local recruiter (I'm assuming that is the NROTC rep you refer to) call and talk to an someone at the NROTC Units where you are interested in going to school and see what they have to say.
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Old 14th April 2011
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If a Tier 1 or Tier 2 major is not what you really want, then the value of a guaranteed spot is diminished. If LREC is your primary goal, then why not pursue that? LREC is hard to get, but not impossible, and if you're in the running for ISR, then you are likely in the running for LREC. Rather than only talk to your local recruiter (I'm assuming that is the NROTC rep you refer to) call and talk to an someone at the NROTC Units where you are interested in going to school and see what they have to say.
That would certainly be my path of action, in any case; I'm a little overwhelmed by the number of schools I'm looking into at the moment, and haven't contacted any PMSs yet. I'm a bit discouraged by the fact that I haven't found any people on this forum who went the LREC route.
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Old 14th April 2011
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Army ROTC scholarships are for cadet foreign language majors and are awarded above the unit's normal allocation of scholarships. For more information, see your local Army ROTC commander.

Arabic – all dialects
Chinese – all dialects
Hausa – and all indigenous Sub-Saharan languages/dialects (except Afrikaans)
Indonesian – all dialects
Japanese
Korean
Malay and Malaysian languages and dialects
Persian – all dialects including: Dari, Farsi, Tajik
Pashto – all dialects and languages of Afghanistan
Portuguese – all dialects
Russian and all Slavic languages, as well as Romanian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian
Turkish and languages of Central Asia: Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh, Uyghur
Urdu, Hindi and languages of the Indian Subcontinent: Punjabi, Bengali, Telegu, Tamil, Sinhalese, and Burmese
Vietnamese, Khmer and Laotian and other South East Asian dialects
A total of over 70 languages are now CLIP-eligible, nearly all of which are found in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe

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