Majors?

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  1. Bautista_19

    Bautista_19 Member

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    I’ve started my NROTC application with a local marine recruiter recently. I didn’t notice until I further researched it, but there are no business majors. Any explanation? I really wanted to peruse a career as an entrepreneur after service, and the benefits of the navy/marines were very enticing and seemed like an amazing leadership experience in addition to a huge honor. If anyone could inform me on the entire situation, that’d be great. I don’t know too much about these things as I’m not from a military family (mom doesn’t even want me to go) but I love this country. Thanks in advance.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    The Marines don't care about your major. You can major in anything you want. It's the Navy that cares and only for Navy Option midshipmen. All that being said, you still need permission to change your major once you've selected it. This is primarily to ensure you will still graduate on time.
    Bottom line - As a future Marine take the business major of your choice.
     
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    Thanks for the insight. I guess navy isn’t really an option then. Who knows, maybe my interest will change.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Well, I think any major is approved for Tier 3, but you should double check that with the recruiter. However, only 15% of scholarships are awarded to tier 3 applicants. I'm a firm believer in studying what you want to study.

    You could apply for the Navy scholarship as a tier 3. If you don't get it you can still enroll in NROTC, perhaps as a Marine option. As a Navy option your tier will come into play when approved for a sideload scholarship or advanced standing which is why Marine option might be a better choice at that point. You'll still have another chance at a 4 year scholarship (well 3 actually) as a Marine Option, or a sideload scholarship later.

    DS applied as a Marine Option (he was only interested in the Marines). He did not win a 4 year scholarship. However by demonstrating his leadership, hard work, and attention to detail, he won a sideliad scholarship that kicked in the middle of his sophomore year. He's now serving as 1st Lt in Okinawa. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

    Make sure you would be interested in pursuing a Marine MOS if you go Marine Option. There's never any point to being miserable... Just ask my first and second wives.
     
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    Insert rimshot here.

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    You folks have been very helpful with information/experiences on the sideload scholarships, and DS may be headed there. I understand the direct observation, grades, performance etc. when you're actually in the college. Can you give an idea of how much weight is given in the sideload scholarship decision to factors before that while in high school; e.g., SAT, HS class standing, GPA, leadership?
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Well, certainly SAT is still considered. I can't speak to the others. I know DS had to include college transcript, not sure about high school.
    IMHO, aside from the SAT (which you can retake in college as well), they're going to rely more on college performance and performance within the unit. An evaluation from the PNS, and for Marines the MOI, is included in the package... but one doesn't get to see that. Surprisingly, a photo while in uniform, adhering to some strict standards, is also included. I guess they want to make sure you look the part and have the proper bearing.
    I don't think HS class standing has any bearing... that's mostly an Academy thing.
     
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    I just got done researching potential universities. The A&M Corps of Cadets looked promising, and the business school looks amazing. However, another top choice, Baylor, has an esteemed business program but only has ROTC options for army/air force. No crosstown affiliate for NROTC. This bummed me out big time. Has anyone here had to face a problem like this?
     
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    My non-STEM major DS who was focused on NROTC/MO ended up at a university that did not offer NROTC/MO
    He had two options to become an infantry officer:
    • Switch to Army ROTC which was offered on campus.
    • Do PLC/OCS with the Marine Corps.
    He chose the former, earned a campus based Army scholarship and will commission in 2019.

    You could look into the latter.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    University of South Carolina has a pretty good business school and I know they have a great NROTC unit. They offer what they call a Woodrow scholarship which is only available to out of state students. No guarantees but it reduces the tuition to nearly in-state rates. DS won one which helped out freshman year.

    As AROTC-dad points out, PLC and OCS are always an option wherever you attend college. If it comes to that PLC is the better choice.
     
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