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!
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?
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!"
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.
Click on the poster's name in the thread (eg. Nairevy) and then click 'Start a Conversation' in the pop up window.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.
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!