AROTC guidance appreciated

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by AJFone, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. AJFone

    AJFone New Member

    Oct 27, 2015
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    I am a high school senior who has recently discovered the AROTC path via a friend. The university that I have been accepted into has a strong AROTC program, and I am interested in participating in the ROTC and applying for a scholarship.

    Admittedly, I am late to the game. I'm furiously trying to gather more information so that I can make an informed decision. No one in my family has been in the military and my high school does not have a JROTC program, so I am learning where I can. I am meeting with the LTC over the ROTC program at my choice school later this week. I have a list of questions for him, but would love guidance from all of you who have been through this process. What would you ask??

    Further, I question if my high school resume would be competitive enough for a scholarship. 3.8 wgpa, 27 ACT, total dual enrolled senior (will have 30 hours at the end of this year upon high school graduation), 3 yr varsity swimmer (regional champion, state finalist), 2 yr swim captain, 2 years club swim, Governor's Honors State Finalist, Drama One Act state champion, working 20+ hrs a week since the end of sophomore year. I opted to do dual enrollment rather than a heavy course load of AP, although I did take several AP classes. To be honest, high school has not been ideal and although I am an outgoing person, I avoided any club involvement. My leadership has been limited to an officer in Drama club and club participation in HOSA.

    I am not the typical candidate that is on this type of forum as I am not the epitome of a super high school student. I know that I haven't hit my peak yet, and am believing that the AROTC will provide a path for that to happen. I am seeking out a program that will provide discipline, comradarie, leadership development and the structure that I will thrive under. But am I too late?

    Thanks again for any input.
  2. Jcc123

    Jcc123 5-Year Member

    Apr 19, 2010
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    No, you're not too late, but you need to get going. Only one of three boards has met; if you work hard, you'll be finished in time to meet the second and third boards.

    If you haven't already, start working on running, sit-ups and push-ups. I realize it's swim season and your time is limited, but good scores are important.

    Keep in mind that you do not have to have a scholarship in order to contract and commission as an Army officer. If you need the money for school, there are other routes, such as SMP, etc.

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