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mpayne90

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I'm a little confused on how you actually apply for the program. I applied for the ROTC scholarship and when filling out the scholarship added URI as my college of choice, but what else do I have to do? I sent my SAT scores and transcript of course, but is there anything that I have to do when I'm filling out the URI application, for example? I looked for ROTC under the list of fields of study, but didn't see it anywhere on the application for that matter.

Sorry for the lack of clarity in the question, but to sum up what else do I have to do after applying for the scholarship, sending scores, and sending my transcript besides wait?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Well I can't comment on the ROTC stuff, sorry. My girlfriend is a pharmacy major at URI. They're getting some VERY nice new buildings in the next year. Hopefully you can enjoy that, as well as your first year in URI's best dorms, Browning.
 

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My sister was in Browning last year, so I got to check it out. It's a lot better than I expected after seeing that URI is #9 on princetonreview's "Dorms Like Dungeons" list, haha.
 

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ROTC was the route I took towards my commission, so hopefully I can answer your questions.

ROTC is not a major you take while at a university. Think of ROTC more like elective courses you can take in addition to your regular Major's course of study. ROTC usually involve one "lab" (marching and drill) and one class (military history, leadership topics, etc.) each per week. The other six days of the week, you're just a regular college student attending classes at a normal university. That's why u don't see ROTC as a field of study. Look in URI's course catalogue instead.

A word of caution, ROTC detachments are not on every college campus. And not every service is represented at every college. Where I went (UNiv. of Md), only AF ROTC was offered. Most of your major state universities should have at ROTC for at least one service. Schools with student populations under 6000 are hit or miss. But don't despair! Some of the smaller universities will have arrangements with larger schools in their area who offer ROTC for their students to travel to that campus to to take the ROTC courses.

The ROTC web-sites for each service should list the schools where they have detachments. Check there first (some ROTC scholarships force you to attend a choll with a detachement on campus). The web-sites have lots of great info would should answer most of your quetions. If not, try surfing sites like this again..
 

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Thanks for the fast respone. I already did the research on URI, and they do offer Army ROTC. I guess my question is whether or not I have to fill something out or do a seperate application for URI ROTC besides the ROTC scholarship application and regular URI admission application.
 

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Usually the ROTC detachement is made aware of new cadets on scholarship coming to thier location by their command. They will probably contact over the summer, if not sooner (inviting you to tour thier facilities, the ROTC process, and to explain you requirments now that your on scholarship. Contact them direct to start the ball rolling earlier.

Even if you don't go on scholarship, you can just add Army ROTC 101 to your freshmen course load (or something like that, the URI course catalogue should giive you a brief explanation for each course, telling you which course is for freshmen).

Best of luck to you. :thumb:
 

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mpayne90:
I am a little confused.....
Did you apply for Army, Navy or Air Force ROTC scholarship?
 

mpayne90

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Oh sorry, Army ROTC.

Thanks Pima, you pretty much answered my question.
 

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OK let me go back to the beginning -
I applied for the ROTC scholarship and when filling out the scholarship added URI as my college of choice, but what else do I have to do? I sent my SAT scores and transcript of course, but is there anything that I have to do when I'm filling out the URI application, for example? I looked for ROTC under the list of fields of study, but didn't see it anywhere on the application for that matter.

Sorry for the lack of clarity in the question, but to sum up what else do I have to do after applying for the scholarship, sending scores, and sending my transcript besides wait?
You applied for an AROTC scholarship through Cadet command -

you should have gotten a letter saying that you are competitive and you need to schedule an interview.

Did you have an interview yet? You can schedule your interview at the nearest ROTC detachment or you can be proactive and get in touch with the ROTC battalion at URI.
You may want to call or email them. Tell them you applied for a scholarship and need to do your interview.
Even if you had an interview already some battalions want to interview you as well before they offer you the scholarhip.
When my daughter went for her interview they also gave her the APFT as well.

Then you wait and see if you get a scholarship. Have you been accepted to URI yet?
Have you had your Dodmerb physical yet? Have you taken the fitness test for the AROTC scholarship?

Now if all the above is done and you have passed each step you wait.
If you attend a accepted students day in the spring or orientation then go ahead and let the PMS know - often they will be around and meet with you.

I hope I wasn't too redundant and didn't confuse you too much.
 
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mpayne90

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Thanks again for the fast reply. Haha, I guess I'm a little late in the whole process... I'm pretty sure that they haven't received my SAT scores or high school transcript as I only sent them a couple weeks ago. Once they do though I'll keep checking for that letter. Thanks again for the detailed response... I'm sure I'll need to refer back to it in the coming months.
 

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You should be able to gauge your progress on the Cadet Command web site. -
https://schlr4yr.usarmyrotc.com/rotc/Schlr4yr/index.htm

Finish up your URI application. You won't sign up for MS I until you sign up for your other classes.

Go ahead and contact the battalion at URI - here is a link:
http://armyrotc.com/edu/univri/index.htm
I see the university gives the battalion $40,000 this is for the PMS to spread around.
Remember these guys need you as much as you need them! I am sure they will be happy to hear from a prospective cadet.

You are a little bit late but should be fine if you don't procrastinate. Most scholarships will be offered in the Feb/March round.
 
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mpayne90

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You've been incredibly helpful Just_A_Mom. I actually finishied the URI application a couple weeks ago just in time for early action. I didn't choose military science where it asked possible fields of study (or perhaps majors)... will that be a problem? I'm sure I could always change it later.
 

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nope- the beauty of Army ROTC is you can major in just about anything - military science is usually just a minor at most schools.

you just have to make sure you stay on track to graduate in 4 years.
 
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