AFROTC scholarship question regarding appointment

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by BlueSkies24, May 17, 2018.

  1. BlueSkies24

    BlueSkies24 Member

    Nov 17, 2017
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    Hi all,

    So I am making a plan B if on the extreme off chance I am sent home during basic from injury. I know this doesn't happen often, but I feel the need to have a solid plan B if somehow how it did.

    So the question is, should I accept my AFROTC scholarship (non-binding) just in case this circumstance happens, and should I reject it and offer it up to someone who probably wants/needs it? According to the website, it says "Once you enlist (i.e., enroll and sign a formal contract) in an ROTC program of another service branch or military academy, however, you forfeit your Air Force ROTC scholarship." Any past experiences you have had with this is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    My understanding, which matches what you state above, is that once you report to the academy (and contract day 1) you will lose your AFROTC scholarship. However, you might put a deposit down at the school you hope to attend, that has AFROTC, as a backup to injury. You would be on the hook for tuition if yo had to attend, but you could still participate in AFROTC. At least you would have a place to attend school in the fall. Of course, being a professional you would inform that college you will not be attending at the appropriate time. Some schools don't like this but it can be done.
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  3. ottonolan

    ottonolan Member

    Jan 30, 2017
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    My DS did accept his AFROTC scholarship because that is what was recommended by the office that awarded him the scholarship. He called and talked to them and let them know he had received a Service Academy appointment. I do believe it was forfeited once he reported for BCT. The scholarship boards meet regularly and they will have time to award scholarships throughout the year so don’t worry about holding up the funds. They expect that not everyone will use the scholarships and build that into their projections.
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