I didn't receive the NROTC Scholarship. Now what?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by King Twix, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. King Twix

    King Twix Member

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    i'm disappointed, I had a 1220 SAT, 3.5 GPA, 2x varsity team captain, Eagle Scout, etc.
    Currently, I can only afford instate schools, and none of them(that I have been accepted to) have a NROTC program. Is it possible to do a year of AROTC then transfer to a school with a naval option?
    If not, I'd be interested in joining AROTC and potentially obtaining the scholarship/contract through there?

    Edit: I forgot to include I'm also considering enlisting. As cliche as it may sound, it's been a life long dream of mine to serve my country. And enlisting sounds a lot better than going to school to only possibly commission and possibly pay for it.

    Thank you so much
     
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    Sorry for not obtaining an NROTC scholarship, I understand you are disappointed. But never let that break you from what you want to achieve, if your goal is to become a naval officer, it's not over until you say say, and remember the only way you fail is when you stop trying. Yes, you can do AROTC and still reapply the following year for a NROTC scholarship. I want you to understand that although you appear to be a well rounded individual does not guarantee you a scholarship, as other equally qualified candidates will not be offered the scholarship as well. Take note that nothing in life is guaranteed and you should not feel entitled to anything because the real world will beat you mercilessly. If you believe enlisting is the path that you want to take and fulfil your dream then wait no more and enlist in the navy, fight and die in the service of your people. Good luck!!
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Two years ago my DS did not receive an appointment to USNA and was not awarded an NROTC/MO scholarship.

    He ended up forgoing an acceptance to an SMC due to the cost and attending a local regional university that only offered Army ROTC instead. (He never applied for the AROTC scholarship in high school)

    He enrolled in Army ROTC as a "walk-on" and within a semester earned a campus based 3 year AROTC scholarship, later extended to 3.5 year.

    He has not looked back since and expects to commission in 2019.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    If you were looking to become an officer in the Marine Corps, take a look at the Platoon Leaders Course. Otherwise, 5Day makes a good suggestion.
     
  6. King Twix

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    How would I go about applying for this as a current high school senior? Would I wait until next year?
     
  7. Day-Tripper

    Day-Tripper 5-Year Member

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    Hiya King,

    Your numbers look good. Unless you're married to the idea of a Naval career, I'd recommend pursuing the US Army for ROTC scholarship & commissioning. You can obtain scholarships while in-school. There are 2-3 year scholarships available once you are on campus.

    And if you wan to enlist, then do it. The post-9/11 GI Bill is lavish in benefits. Lots more then when I served. But do you want to be an enlisted man for four years? (It ain't so bad.)

    If you want to be a career military man (I know - crazy decision to make as a teenager) then ROTC is for you.

    If you want to use military benefits to pay for a college education (not a bad choice, either) consider active duty/GI Bill or National Guard (depending on your state of residence).

    I was once you. High school grad with no money. Enlisted in the Marines at age 17. Military service, GI benefits, VA home loan, etc. & hard work moved me from me from being a "project rat" to the American suburban dream.

    You can do it.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Don't know the details of when to apply but I'd certainly be pursuing it no later than autumn of sophomore year. Wouldn't hurt to begin speaking to a recruiter now to get more info. Do NOT let them get you to enlist unless it's what YOU want. Sometimes recruiters get carried away with meeting their quotas. Try to talk to an officer there, if possible.
     
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    DrMom 5-Year Member

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    Be sure to talk to an officer recruiter when you start engaging w the Marine Corps. You can start by reading about the many pathways to being a Marine officer on the Marine Corps recruiting website.
     
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