You have a short period of time to accept your offer, around 30 days. However, that acceptance is non binding. Read the wording on what you are accepting and you will see that it is more like an acknowledgement of receiving the scholarship. You can decline the scholarship at any time up to going to school in the fall. In fact your freshman year is a trial year. You can drop out of the ROTC program, and scholarship, anytime before you step on campus your second (sophomore) year and there is no payback required.
If you do not accept the scholarship it will go away. Maybe others can tell you the mechanism on actually declining a scholarship after it has been accepted. Which ROTC program, Navy, Army or Air Force?
Was it a National HS Scholarship or a campus based scholarship for a current cadet?
Are you a HS student?NROTC Marine Option Scholarship
From a personal standpoint, receiving the MO Scholarship is a huge accomplishment in one's life as there are very few given out yearly. However, if you have no desire to become a Marine then there is no reason to accept it. Never do anything half-hearted.
gabetrini said:I hear from some people that the DODMERB does not drug test anymore and from others that it still does. Anybody know the real answer?
I think his concern is failing a drug test per this post:
Haha no, it probably looks that way but that's not the truth. Right now I'm deciding whether I want to stick with NROTC(if I receive the scholarship) or opt for the USMC PLC program. I'm undecided as to whether which commissioning option I should take. So that's why I asked if there is a way to possibly deny a scholarship award(if I even receive one anyway. If not, then for sure the PLC program would be my next option). The DODMERB question was out of genuine curiosity since I am hearing a lot answers from different people. I have no doubt that I'll pass a drug test(if there is one)
The DODMERB question was out of genuine curiosity since I am hearing a lot answers from different people. I have no doubt that I'll pass a drug test(if there is one)
Why would you decline a NROTC/MO scholarship in favor of PLC?
A NROTC/MO scholarship assures you of advanced standing and a commission so long as you do everything asked of you academically and fitness-wise. PLC is NOT an assurance of a commission as it used to "top off" the needs of the Corps.
Please understand where that is coming from. I do not see any genuine curiosity of creating a thread if you have never used, because there is a search tab here and the drug question (marijuana) comes up every year without fail just like the sun will rise tomorrow. Creating a new thread on this forum will typically mean I need to know, not I want to know.
I am not trying to be harsh. You are a new poster and I get that, but even now, part of me is saying you are like the person that says I want to find out the answer for a friend of mine.
I also agree with AROTC dad. I am not sure why on earth you would consider PLC over the scholarship. Leave the money aspect out of it. Leave the "top-off" aspect out of it too. Think of bonding as an ROTC mid/cadet.
Well, you could accept and then just not show up. Professional courtesy would dictate that you let the cadre at the college know you will not be participating and are declining the scholarship whenever you make the decision. They could tell you what other steps yo should take at that time.I am not 100% set to decline the scholarship(if I receive it). I found out about PLC after I sent in my NROTC MO application. I'm just weighing out all possible options. There are some benefits in the PLC option just as their are benefits in the NROTC MO. I'm just trying to see which would may suit me best. So it's not set in stone that I'd decline a scholarship award. I simply just wanted to know more info about declining one if did follow through with that decision.
Well, you could accept and then just not show up. Professional courtesy would dictate that you let the cadre at the college know you will not be participating and are declining the scholarship whenever you make the decision. They could tell you what other steps yo should take at that time.
As others have said PLC is only a topping off mechanism. You also have to apply to PLC and be accepted, however I'm confident if you won a Marine Option scholarship you could get accepted to PLC. Nothing is ever assured though. I would also point out that PLC requires a great deal of discipline on your part. You will need to drive yourself to stay in shape at the vary least. NROTC gives you a support structure that you can thrive in. For the most part PLC does not. PLC is normally pursued by folks who could not get a side-load scholarship or are attending a college that does not have NROTC, at least as far as I've been able to tell.
Yeah I love to PT/lift, so staying in shape would easily be all taken care of on my part. And yeah my top choice school sadly doesn't have an NROTC Unit, but they have a USMC Officer Selection Team located 10 minutes away from the University campus.
Proximity of the Marine OSO notwithstanding, you do understand that PLC has no assurance of commissioning even if you max the PT scores and get straight A's?
If the Corps officer ranks has been filled by USNA, and NROTC/MO, then the Corps can opt to send ZERO candidates from PLC/OCS to TBS. This is what we mean by topping off. The primary source of Marine officers is USNA first and then NROTC/MO.....if after that there is still a need, PLC/OCS is selected.
I completely understand that, and that will be taken into account if I have to make a decision between Scholarship or PLC. If I don't get awarded a scholarship, then it'll be PLC for sure for me(even though I know it won't guarantee anything, it's better than quitting altogether after being rejected from an NROTC MO Scholarship).