I got word from my Squad Leader that the cadet CoC would like the lower MSI's and II's to know that if they are not contracted by the end of this semester, there is a chance that they will not be able to go on into the spring semester of AROTC and that they will be disenrolled. I generally acknowledged this, but I knew it was for real after my MS instructor mentioned it to me in a counseling session (it was about my PT score). I believe I'm in the lower half of cadets: I'm a first-year MSII, freshly enrolled, my PT score is just above passing, and I haven't been able to do any extra-curricular ROTC activities (Color Guard, Ranger Challenge, PR) because I live in a totally different area and school. This was a unique semester, and probably the best I've had yet; I did love my experience and I do wish I could stay. I have attended every PT, remedial PT, FTX, class, and lab session, and they were all pretty awesome. However, it is inevitable that the aforementioned downsizing will occur. When your MS instructor regrets to tell you up-front, you know it will probably happen. I'm weighing my options right now and waiting to see the cadre's response to my enrollment, which will probably be revealed before the Fall semester ends, but I'd also like to be prepared in case it does happen. To be honest, no matter how much I enjoyed it, it was taking its toll on me, and as my mech engineering courseload gets heavier later on, disenrollment might actually be for the best. There are a few things I've been thinking of as an alternative and to make sure I get to serve one way or another. Here's what I'd like to know (mostly pertaining to enlistment in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve): - I know that in your enlistment contract you must mention whether you were ever involved in any prior military activity before you enlist, including enrollment in ROTC (for any branch). Are disenrolled, uncontracted cadets required to mention their enrollment, or does it not count because they were uncontracted? Also, does it factor in negatively to mention that you were involved, or is it a promotion thing? Or neither? - A recruit who enlists with a 4-year Bachelor's Degree is given automatic promotion to E-4, Specialist, in a reserve/guard unit if that unit has a slot available for another E-4, correct? Please correct me if this is untrue. - For the National Guard, they list cash bonuses under specific MOS's for prospective recruits. Are these jobs that are severely undermanned? Are there any specific MOS's that are generally undermanned year after year? And is it easier to get an available AIT slot for these deficient MOS's (meaning, are there more training slots available)? - I heard split-option is only available to high school students who are doing the 17-year-old enlistment deal. Is this true? Current college students cannot do split-option? Split-option would be nice, but if it really is a hassle, I may just take a semester off to finish Basic/AIT since it seems my degree is going to take more than 4 years anyway. - Just out of curiosity, does the Army still offer the quick-ship option? Sorry for the massive wall of text, and thank you in advance; I do appreciate the help.