Auburn NROTC

Nairevy

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Afternoon everyone, I was wondering if anyone in this forum has any personal experience with Auburn's NROTC program. What was NSO like and how much does the program cut into your daily life as a regular student there?
 

rudyinok

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Our son is a Junior there- NROTC, Navy option on scholarship. Auburn was his first choice back when he applied for the scholarship as a senior in HS. I'll ask him the above questions and anything else you'd like to know. We live in Oklahoma, so I myself have limited knowledge though! Just don't get to visit very often due to distance. My experience with their website is that it is not too informative! Been awhile since I looked at it though. let me know if you'd like to communicate further one - on - one.
thanks for the nudge rocatlin!
 

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Our son is a Junior there- NROTC, Navy option on scholarship. Auburn was his first choice back when he applied for the scholarship as a senior in HS. I'll ask him the above questions and anything else you'd like to know. We live in Oklahoma, so I myself have limited knowledge though! Just don't get to visit very often due to distance. My experience with their website is that it is not too informative! Been awhile since I looked at it though. let me know if you'd like to communicate further one - on - one.
thanks for the nudge rocatlin!

Boomer Sooner. :)
 

rocatlin

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Afternoon everyone, I was wondering if anyone in this forum has any personal experience with Auburn's NROTC program. What was NSO like and how much does the program cut into your daily life as a regular student there?

In all seriousness, I would encourage you to contact the unit and visit if you can.

I didn't look to see if the unit has a social media page. Units will sometimes post pictures of their activities that give a glimpse into the unit culture.

Of course, the best would be to visit with someone in person if at all possible.
 

rudyinok

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It appears from your other posts that you've been awarded your scholarship to AU already? congrats! I got an answer from my son. He of course, is quite biased in his judgement, but that alone should be good news to you - that he is very happy where he is. this is what he had to say...

"NSO isn't bad at all. If you can't handle NSO, you aren't cut out for military life. Some yelling in your face, really tight schedules, hurrying for everything, but a walk in the park compared to service academy experiences. Average week for a freshman: you have one morning/week of classroom seminars for ROTC, then 0-3 mornings of PT depending on how you do on the PT test. wear uniforms once a week. freshman are required to log 8 hours of study time a week that first fall, which can be a pain but builds good study habits. don't have to do it in spring. most everything else is voluntary time-wise. drill team practices two nights/week, then compete at Tulane at Mardi Gras time - we won 2 out of 4 competitions when I was a freshman! NROTC takes maybe 15 hrs a week including study time as a freshman. AU has a good mentorship program to orient freshman as well. Auburn is considered the second best in the nation, next to TAMU. I love my command, I love my lieutenants, I love my people. War Eagle!"
 

Nairevy

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It appears from your other posts that you've been awarded your scholarship to AU already? congrats! I got an answer from my son. He of course, is quite biased in his judgement, but that alone should be good news to you - that he is very happy where he is. this is what he had to say...

"NSO isn't bad at all. If you can't handle NSO, you aren't cut out for military life. Some yelling in your face, really tight schedules, hurrying for everything, but a walk in the park compared to service academy experiences. Average week for a freshman: you have one morning/week of classroom seminars for ROTC, then 0-3 mornings of PT depending on how you do on the PT test. wear uniforms once a week. freshman are required to log 8 hours of study time a week that first fall, which can be a pain but builds good study habits. don't have to do it in spring. most everything else is voluntary time-wise. drill team practices two nights/week, then compete at Tulane at Mardi Gras time - we won 2 out of 4 competitions when I was a freshman! NROTC takes maybe 15 hrs a week including study time as a freshman. AU has a good mentorship program to orient freshman as well. Auburn is considered the second best in the nation, next to TAMU. I love my command, I love my lieutenants, I love my people. War Eagle!"

Thank you very much! I'm looking forward to next fall. War Eagle!
 

Nairevy

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In all seriousness, I would encourage you to contact the unit and visit if you can.

I didn't look to see if the unit has a social media page. Units will sometimes post pictures of their activities that give a glimpse into the unit culture.

Of course, the best would be to visit with someone in person if at all possible.

Very good advice. Thank you!
 

rudyinok

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Nairevy, my son said he'd be more than happy to show you around or give you a couch to stay on if you want to head over to visit sometime. not sure how to private message on here since I'm not on here much anymore, but let me know if you'd like his contact info.
 

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Nairevy, my son said he'd be more than happy to show you around or give you a couch to stay on if you want to head over to visit sometime. not sure how to private message on here since I'm not on here much anymore, but let me know if you'd like his contact info.
Click on the poster's name in the thread (eg. Nairevy) and then click 'Start a Conversation' in the pop up window.
 

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This site cotinually impresses me. It brings together some amazing, good-hearted people! Thank you SAF!

DS went on an Auburn campus visit today. Thank you rudyinok for allowing him to contact your DS! When I spoke with my DS this evening, he said, "Coolest dude ever!" So kind of your son to take some time out of his busy life to welcome a complete stranger. He gave him the grand tour of the ROTC building, some of the campus that the tour doesn't take you on, they jumped him his truck and toured the town. My DS said it was the best hour of the day! Thank you rudyinok and your DS!!
 

rudyinok

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So glad it went well for everybody!! Excited for your DS to begin his college days[emoji847]. Best wishes to your family and war eagle!!
 

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DS is at Auburn Montgomery AROTC War Eagle!! They had a Turkey Bowl with the AUM AFROTC, don't know if they ever do a all AU/AUM ROTC 'event'.
 

Ash711

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I'm hoping y'all can help me. My son is in NROTC at another school and is miserable. He is considering transferring to Auburn and continuing ROTC there. There are several things he doesn't like about his current unit, but I think it boils down to a lack of cohesiveness/camaraderie within the unit. He was expecting a lot of hard work and he doesn't mind that, but he also thought there would be a bit more of a family feel, like they're all in it together and would support each other, which is not the case at all. It seems the command does very little to keep morale up -- no command picnics or similar events, just a lot of drudgery with little reward. Can anyone tell me if the Auburn ROTC unit has a different environment? He's at the point of wanting to quit ROTC altogether, which is not like him. Any insight into the command climate at Auburn would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

kinnem

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DS's unit at University of South Carolina always seemed very cohesive. Football tailgates, athletic competitions, annual 5k fundraising run for wounded vets, Tri-service athletic competition, annual senior father-son golf day, etc etc. I can't speak to Auburn but I suppose your DS might be able to dig something up here: http://auburn.edu/academic/rotc/nrotc/index.php

Of course a visit to Auburn might yield something too.
 

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Concur with kinnem; older DS is a 2/c at the University of Michigan and he could not be happier with his unit. They are a very tight group, need 3 or 4 cars to go anywhere because they all hang out together (including their cross town guys). The cadre is top notch and very active with the MIDS. His fiancée is at Perdue and she is extremely happy also. It breaks my heart that your DS is so unhappy!

Second DS went on an Auburn visit and loved it! Rudyinok's DS was gracious enough to spend some time with him, and he had nothing but absolutely glowing things to say about the program, school and how he is doing. My DS is so excited, he can't get out of here fast enough!

Auburn does stack scholarships and their out of state act-score based scholarships are almost rediculous on top of the NROTC scholarship, with a lot of the kids making money off the deal (because NROTC standards are so high).

When you have enough posts, reach out to rudyinok, she is amazing!
 

ProudDad17

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Concur with kinnem; older DS is a 2/c at the University of Michigan and he could not be happier with his unit. They are a very tight group, need 3 or 4 cars to go anywhere because they all hang out together (including their cross town guys). The cadre is top notch and very active with the MIDS. His fiancée is at Perdue and she is extremely happy also. It breaks my heart that your DS is so unhappy!

Glad to hear about your DS' experience at Michigan. My DS is headed there in the fall on a 4 year scholarship. He and I visited last spring, then he and my wife visited again a couple weeks ago for campus day. He is beyond excited and can't wait to get started! Go Blue!
 

Dial the gate

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So glad you guys liked it! DS is so ridiculously in his element there that we have been stressing about DS #2 finding his own "Michigan." Was it possible to achieve that same level with a second child? Lol. So far Auburn is the answer for #2. Did I read in another post that you were able to link up with a mid while there? If not, let me know and I can shoot you DS's number.
 
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