AROTC application advice

jebdad

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Total newb here on ROTC. DS is a reapplicant to USMA and is currently home for winter break and indicated in passing that he intends to apply for AROTC scholarship for plan B. On the first go around he was all or nothing on USMA. He did not get in for class of 2020 and is reapplying for 2021.

He does not plan to continue at the college he is at and is in process of applying to several schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

Is it too late to apply for a AROTC scholarship? Is the process different if you already have college credits? I see there is a January board and that he would need to complete some type of interview before the January deadline as well as the application. Having no idea what the application process for AROTC is, is being done by January board a reasonable expectation?

Any other advice is greatly appreciated.
 
The AROTC application is done online and most of the items required can be uploaded. DD is applying as high school senior so not sure if boards are the same dates, but if so everything would have to be in by January 6th. Looking at her application, the only things that may be tough to get done by that date would be the school counselor form, physical fitness test and the PMS interview (since colleges are on break). Everything else including transcripts, test scores, etc. get uploaded by applicant. There is a third board mid March and that deadline for completing application is Feb. 28th if he doesn't make the second board. Might be tough but not impossible to do by January 6th!
 
To my knowledge, there is no vehicle that allows current college students to "apply" for an AROTC scholarship. There is the 3-yr advance designee, and the 4-year scholarship, both of which are awarded to high school students. All other AROTC scholarships are awarded by the battalion based on 1) how many they have to award and 2) the internal OML ranking of cadets in the program. This is assuming nothing has changed this year, which is always possible knowing Cadet Command.
 
To my knowledge, there is no vehicle that allows current college students to "apply" for an AROTC scholarship. There is the 3-yr advance designee, and the 4-year scholarship, both of which are awarded to high school students. All other AROTC scholarships are awarded by the battalion based on 1) how many they have to award and 2) the internal OML ranking of cadets in the program. This is assuming nothing has changed this year, which is always possible knowing Cadet Command.
Didn't realize this, but good to know! I wonder how OP's DS would go about getting a three year scholarship if he does not plan to remain at school he currently is enrolled?
 
Didn't realize this, but good to know! I wonder how OP's DS would go about getting a three year scholarship if he does not plan to remain at school he currently is enrolled?

It would be done through the new school, and most likely would be a two or two and a half year as campus based scholarships are typically given to current cadets not already on a scholarship. jebdad, just curious, did your son participate in ROTC at all at his current school?
 
It would be done through the new school, and most likely would be a two or two and a half year as campus based scholarships are typically given to current cadets not already on a scholarship. jebdad, just curious, did your son participate in ROTC at all at his current school?
No. He has not done rotc. Technically he hasn't been to college yet. He went to a prep school for fall semester and is now enrolling at a college while he waits to hear from usma.

So, he will have a semesters worth of college credits after this school year. Does that preclude him from applying as a high school student does?
 
No. He has not done rotc. Technically he hasn't been to college yet. He went to a prep school for fall semester and is now enrolling at a college while he waits to hear from usma.

So, he will have a semesters worth of college credits after this school year. Does that preclude him from applying as a high school student does?

If he's graduated high school and has college credit, he can't apply as a high school student.
 
Best bet for AROTC is to contact the ROO at the school he is transferring to and enroll as a non contract cadet.

As stated by others he can then work his rear off and earn a 2 or 2.5 year campus based scholarship. (That is if he isn't a plebe at USMA by that point).
 
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No. He has not done rotc. Technically he hasn't been to college yet. He went to a prep school for fall semester and is now enrolling at a college while he waits to hear from usma.

So, he will have a semesters worth of college credits after this school year. Does that preclude him from applying as a high school student does?

I will be honest that I know nothing about the prep school process, I agree with ROTC-dad, he should get in touch with a Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) at one of the schools he is applying to, and he or she can help him navigate the process and let him know what his options are in his situation. Good luck and keep us posted!
 
I would say that if he plans to attend 4 more years of college next fall he could open a 4 year scholarship application, but he only has about 3 weeks to do so. His other option is to show up on campus, enroll in AROTC and compete for a campus based scholarship.
 
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