Army ROTC deadlines

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by blamo, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. blamo

    blamo 5-Year Member

    Jan 19, 2011
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    I have a son at the Air Force Academy and a son who is interested in pursuing Army ROTC. I am familiar with the time tables and dealines for an academy but could someone give me an idea what the main dealines are for Army ROTC as a college student. My son just graduated high school is presently enrolled in local community college for fall classes. He has decent SAT's 680 math and 720 verbal. He is pursuing a mech eng degree and a 3 yr ROTC scholarship if possible. Any insight will be helpful.
  2. dunninla

    dunninla 5-Year Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    Well, since your 2nd son is not in High School any more, I don't think he can qualify for a High School ROTC Scholarship... 4 yr. or 3 yr. That leaves the In-College scholarship. I don't know how he could qualify for the in-college scholarship until he has been at his 4 yr. college and participating in ROTC as a college programmer (uncontracted, non scholarship participant) first, and get put in for that by his PMS.
  3. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    I completely concur with Dunninla on this one.

    AROTC does not have an application process for 3 year scholarships for applicants that are not in high school anymore.

    The chance of him receiving a Campus based 3 year Scholarhip when he is starting the ROTC program as a sophomore is as close to zero as you can get. 4 years ago that may have been a different story but not now.

    The best he can hope for is to transfer to the school with ROTC, join the battalion as a sophomore and possibly compete for a 2 year scholarship, be aware that he would be competing with cadets that have aleady been in the program for a year.

    Many battalions are now requiring cadets that start their sophomore year to complete LTC the summer between their sophomore and junior year, even if they have completed ROTC in their sophomore year. Some battalions may allow the cadet to double up on the MS classes but it seems the trend is moving towards LTC.

    LTC is something the cadet would need to apply for as well, and it is not a guarantee they will get a slot. The other issue is that the number of contracts available to each battalion is getting smaller. This means that a battalion may only have 10 contracts to give cadets moving into their junior year, they may have as many as 25 plus cadets to select from. Once they remove the existing scholarship and some SMP cadets that already have contracts there may onl be 6 or 7 contracts left for the 20 cadets competing.

    Right now the scholarship is the least of the worries for a cadet that starts their sophomore year, getting the contract to stay in the program is a much bigger issue.

    If your son decided to try and start the university that has ROTC as a freshman he is still too late to apply for the scholarship, he would need to start as a non scholarchip/non contracted cadet and then compete for the 3 year scholarship and that's only if the ROTC battalion has any to offer. Starting as a freshman would however give him a better chance competing for the contract.

    Best of luck
  4. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army 5-Year Member

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Is he seeking a scholarship, or is he seeking to become a commissioned Officer. If he wants to become an Army Officer his first step should be to talk to the Enrollment Officer at a university that has an ROTC Battalion. With the right help he could still become an Officer, but he's burning daylight.

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