Effect of Early Graduation on ROTC Scholarship?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by jk1673, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. jk1673

    jk1673 New Member

    Jan 14, 2013
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    I'm a junior in high school right now, and I have been thinking about graduating a semester early (so around January 20) next year. Because didn't really bother with any of the "Teen Living" or "Library Science" type classes my first two years and don't want to do early release, I will have more or less exauhsted all of the AP courses my school offers. I'm also currently ranked in the top 10% of my class. So I had planned on graduating a few months early and getting some extra credits from the community college and working some more hours to save up my money and I'd still get to go be in the graduation ceremony in June. So my question is, does graduating a semester earlier harm my chances of winning an Army ROTC scholarship?
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    Only the AROTC Board would know for sure but I don't see any reason why it would. In fact, I would think that showing the drive and tenacity to complete high school early, having met all graduation requirements and pursued all the AP courses your school offers would reflect favorably on you.

    All that being said, what do your SAT and ACT scores look like? What leadership positions have you held? What does leaving early do to your athletics? If these things are impacted by leaving early then it might be to your detriment.
  3. Thompson

    Thompson Member

    Dec 11, 2012
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    So, from what it sounds like, you are planning on taking the AP exams in order to knock out some credits right?

    Just be aware, that whatever courses you are majoring, don't expect to be able to test out of those courses. (Ie: if you are going the engineering route, don't plan on getting credits toward Physics B/C or Calc AB/BC). In most cases I found, most schools will not allow you to skip some courses. Why? In high school the content covered can vary from what is taught by college professors --> so basically this is done so that you have all your bases covered and don't have any gaps in education (standardization in a sense).

    Now on the other hand, this does not mean certain courses can't go towards general education courses. Going back to the engineering route, say you take Comparative Govt. -- that may be used as general education credits (school-dependent). Likewise for courses such as Statistics, Micro/Macroeconomics, etc etc. BUT the key idea here is that this is school-dependent. Just because College Y accepts Macroeconomics & Comp. Govt. as general education credits, doesn't mean University X does. It all comes down to doing the research into the schools you are looking at.

    Best wishes!

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