Competing for ROTC 3yr vs Minuteman

ethan98

Member
Looking for some advice as to whether I should compete for the 3 yr scholarship or do the 4yr minuteman guard scholarship.

The school would cost me 30k a year so Im wondering if it would be wise to take the risk of getting a 3 year, the ROO told me Im very competitive and he's surprised I didn't get the 4 year National Scholarship.

Minuteman is what I'm leaning towards due to the financial benefits as the college is fairly cost prohibitive.

Thanks!
 

Jcleppe

5-Year Member
The big question is do you have any desire to serve Active Duty?

If you are sure you want only the National Guard/Reserves then take the Minuteman Scholarship. If you take the Minuteman Scholarship you will not be assigned Active Duty and will be required to serve your obligation in the National Guard/Reserves.

If you want the opportunity of Active Duty then try and swing the first year of college and compete for the 3 year scholarship, there is a chance you could receive a 3.5 or even a full 4 year depending on what the Battalion has available and how well you do.

The main thing is to start ROTC strong, pass the APFT right away with a decent score and keep your GPA up, have good midterm grades.
 

ethan98

Member
Have you discussed the situation with the school?
I have, they said I'd be very competitive for a 3 year, but obviously no guarantees. I've been let down by USMA, usafa, rotc 4 year, etc. so I think the guaranteed 4 year tuition is very attractive. The school (Miami Ohio) will also cover room and board due to the academic scholarship I recieved.
 

Jcleppe

5-Year Member
I have, they said I'd be very competitive for a 3 year, but obviously no guarantees. I've been let down by USMA, usafa, rotc 4 year, etc. so I think the guaranteed 4 year tuition is very attractive. The school (Miami Ohio) will also cover room and board due to the academic scholarship I recieved.
As long as your ok with not having the option of Active Duty when you commission, then go for the scholarship. Just realize that you will be obligated to 8 years of either National Guard or Reserves. A large number of cadets choose this option every year and a 4 year scholarship and leaving school with no debt other then your NG/Reserve obligation is not a bad deal. Just make sure you put a lot of focus toward your post college employment.
 

ethan98

Member
As long as your ok with not having the option of Active Duty when you commission, then go for the scholarship. Just realize that you will be obligated to 8 years of either National Guard or Reserves. A large number of cadets choose this option every year and a 4 year scholarship and leaving school with no debt other then your NG/Reserve obligation is not a bad deal. Just make sure you put a lot of focus toward your post college employment.
Do you know if the guard while in college is manageable? And if it's possible to hold a full time civilian job whilst fulfilling service?
 
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