AD vs Reserve Scholarship (AROTC)

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  1. miz131

    miz131 Member

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    My daughter attended a meeting with her AROTC battalion yesterday. School starts next week: she is a sophomore nursing student and this semester will be her first semester/year of ROTC. She is enrolled in the MS101 course.

    She stated the ROO talked to her after the meeting and indicated he believes they (the school/battalion) will have a scholarship for her but due to $$ may not get enough money for a regular scholarship and asked her if she would be interested in a reserve scholarship. She did not take notes and therefore could not answer any specific questions I had about this when I asked for clarification.

    Other than the AD being 4 years AD and the Reserves 8 years reserve duty, what are the differences? As I wrote above, she is a nursing student and wants to be in the Army Nurse Corps. If she receives one for the Reserves, will that impact her Nurse Corps aspirations? I have been googling today and seeing information about Campus Based and GRFD. If she does get a reserve scholarship, would she be able to go on active duty following graduation?

    She started this whole AROTC process on her own (well, after ignoring my advice/nagging to go talk to the ROTC folks prior to and during her freshman year) at the end of her freshman year. I want to make sure she makes an informed decision on any type of scholarship.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    GRFD really locks her in to reserves or NG. She needs to get clarity from her ROO.
     
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  3. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    While I am not in a position to comment on regulations, I can tell you what one of my fellow ANC reservists did: she stayed in the reserves while she got her experience in the ICU. Then she applied for, and got into, a masters program for CRNA (nurse anesthetist). At that point, she moved to the active side. Essentially, if the Reserve pays for her education, they get her for the ensuing obligation. After that, she can move to the Active Duty side, if there is a need for her area of expertise.
     
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    USN16x 5-Year Member

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    It really depends on her nursing goals. She will commission as a 66H (med-surg) nurse and find a unit somewhere in the country that has an opening for a 66H. She will also work on the civilian side as a nurse in whatever speciality she desires. Now to obtain a new army speciality i.e. critical care nurse, ED, OR she can do one of two things; her unit can send her to an AOC course or she can work a certain amount of clinical hours in her civilian job and be "grandfathered" in (after filling out all the paperwork and getting all the higher ups to sign off). In terms of educational support, active duty is the way to go, reserves do have some benifits but it isn't anything crazy. So no one on here is going to tell you to go active or go reserve. Just make a pro/con list. School is expensive and reseves isn't a bad deal. But she'll be locked into reserves. Lemme know if you have anymore questions! Best of luck! Hardcore Nurse Corp!
     
  5. miz131

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    Thank you!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Thank You!