AROTC and USMA - do they collaborate during the select process?

USA-1

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If an individual applies for both AROTC and USMA, and they get an appointment offer to USMA do they stay "on the list" for an ROTC scholarship offer?
In other words do these two selection bodies coordinate or are they independent from each other?
 

5Day

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Independent. Getting an appointment will not change your chances of getting a scholarship.
 

DrMom

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Actually, one of the big inefficiencies that is sort of the AROTC joke is that the candidates selected at the first board are likely to get and accept appointments to USMA anyway. Completely independent. However, if you are offered a scholarship and an appointment and accept your appointment, you must turn down your scholarship offer. You cannot accept both with the idea that you can give Beast a try and then use your AROTC scholarship as a back up if West Point turns out not to be for you. So, in summary, they do not coordinate on acceptances but the Army tracks these things in such a way that an individual can only contract with a single commissioning source.
 

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They do coordinate after the process runs its course. DD did not get an appointment last year but was 3Q'd and had a strong candidate file. Cadet Command offered her a 3 Year Scholarship even though she had nor completed her ROTC file. This happened in late May or early June. The recruiting coordinator at her ROTC detachment told her that it was common practice for West Point to share the names of the top rated individuals that are on the NWL and not offered an appointment. Of course, there are no guarantees and it was most likely because cadet command had extra scholarship funds.
 

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Are the scholarships that are turned down able to be offered to later applicants?
 

5Day

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Are the scholarships that are turned down able to be offered to later applicants?
This is not the first time ROTC has offered scholarships. They manage the process to meet their goal. A scholarship award winner has ultimately accepts his scholarship in Aug/Sept when they show up at orientation. If ROTC is way off their goal they can increase a class size through scholarships to college programmers (or whatever the appropriate term is for Army) and through their officer training program.

Actually, one of the big inefficiencies that is sort of the AROTC joke is that the candidates selected at the first board are likely to get and accept appointments to USMA anyway.
Probably because Army is looking for the same type of applicant to be an officer whether through ROTC of their SA.
 
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