Are AROTC 3yr AD recipients considered contracted freshman year?

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  1. gnroberts

    gnroberts Member

    Jul 5, 2012
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    I am an incoming freshman to Texas A&M and have a 3 year AD scholarship for the Army ROTC. I was wondering when I am considered a 'contracted cadet' and am eligible for CULP and other training opportunities because I wanted to try and attend something the summer between Freshman and Sophomore year. If I am not eligible until my scholarship kicks in, is there a way I can contract before the scholarship starts to make myself eligible?
  2. bfrat93

    bfrat93 Member

    Oct 28, 2012
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    You won't be officially contracted until sophomore year and CULP is reserved only for contracted cadets. You could try to upgrade your scholarship to a 3.5 or 4-year, I have seen it done with my peers, but it all depends on your units funds. Here's the thing, not a whole lot of MSI's go on CULP. I was the only MSI on my team of 20 cadets and there were only 2 other MSI's from my school on CULP. So don't feel too pressured because you could still have a good shot for getting a CULP slot next year. Another option for the summer is Project-Go. You don't have to be contracted but the time commitment is much longer than CULP. I would recommend doing research on Project-Go and consulting your cadre.
  3. Jkaz

    Jkaz 5-Year Member

    Aug 23, 2011
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    I was in the same position last year being awarded a 3 year A.D. You are not considered contracted. Although for class ranking purposes, at least for my battalion, they had 3 lists, a total list for all MS1's, then a list of scholarship (3 or 4 year) and non-scholarship.

    I was fortunate enough to receive a 3.5 year scholarship after the first semester based on my performance on the total ranking list and also the cadets who already had a scholarship. Even though I received this scholarship you still cannot do CULP. Like bfrat93 said, Project Go is a great option, and asking your cadre about other options will also be effective.
  4. dunninla

    dunninla 5-Year Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    Indeed, if you study your language outside the US (studying at a US university is also an option), there is a lot of cultural and social exposure in Project GO, but almost none of the military kind.

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