Changing from AFROTC to NROTC

CalebK

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Hi there, I am about to go into my freshman year of College with a type 2 Air Force ROTC scholarship. This means that I will receive no money from the Air Force for my first year.

Recently however, I have been considering applying for an NROTC scholarship as a college freshman and possibly giving up my AFROTC scholarship to use an NROTC or Marine Corps NROTC option scholarship instead.

Is this possible? I know that AFROTC is a scholarship can be used at any school. Is it the same for NROTC? Also how hard would it be to cross commission to the Navy upon graduating.

Thanks!
 

Kensington

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There’s definitely no harm in applying. And you definitely should if you want to pursue a career in the Navy. Here’s a list of NROTC Units: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/colleges_nrotc_unitsXP3.html. You’d stand a better chance of receiving one if you participated in NROTC freshman year as a college programmer and kicked butt in your classes and in NROTC. The time to apply for that is fast approaching. I don’t know the options for cross commissioning but I do know that ROTC is no cakewalk, many drop out along the way, and AFROTC will be that much harder if you don’t want to be there in the first place. There are many paths to a Navy career, if AFROTC is one of them it’s way down on the list. Look at where you want to be in 10 years. Good luck!
 

NavyHoops

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Agree that is the Navy or Marine Corps is what you want enroll as a college programmer and apply for a scholarship your freshman year. Cross commissioning can happen, but the numbers and chances are so small, it isn’t a guarantee and not a path you should count on.
 

ProudDad17

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If you are going to be attending a school that is an NROTC host unit or cross town affiliate, you can join the unit as a college programmer in the fall. You can start your application now for the 4 year NROTC scholarship, but do not submit it yet. Once you join a unit as a college programmer, the unit staff will give you guidance on completing it. They will evaluate you during your first semester, then you would submit the application. Even though you are applying for the 4 year, it would not kick in until your sophomore year, making it actually only 3 years. If you do not get that, you would apply for a three year side load scholarship at the end of your freshman year. If you do not get that scholarship you would apply for a two year side load or advance standing at the end of your sophomore year. If NROTC is something you are serious about, you should talk to the staff at the unit you would consider joining. The key is you have to be attending school at an NORTOC host unit school or cross town affiliate. @Kensington posted a link to those.
 

kinnem

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+1 to what NavyHoops said. You cannot take an NROTC scholarship to any college in the sense that AFROTC allows. You CAN enroll in NROTC at any college as a non-scholarship midshipman. What NavyHoops states about cross commissioning is absolutely correct, but for practical purposes you should consider the odds of this being zero, nil, nada.
 

Oldsalt

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He may be asking, “can I apply for NROTC scholarship while enrolled as a type 2 cadet?”
I’m pretty sure you can, but realize that the AF folks may not appreciate it.
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