My Reason Why

Korab

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Yessir, I do plan to go the officer route... I highly seek to still commission into the Marine Corps.

I am going to visit Norwich University soon, and hopefully make a decision. As I had mentioned in my previous posts, dropping my yearly tuition from 65k/yr to around 12k/yr is honestly a deal I don't want to pass up.

I did see a statistic that not all Cadets earn a commission once they graduate, hence if that happens to me... I would still plan to attend OCS.
65K sticker price is a marked up joke. No one pays that, and no one would. Besides their status as an SMC, there’s not a lot that is attractive about Norwich. Your contribution just jumped 20% from 10k to 12k, which doesn’t include incidentals and travel and other oop expenses. Figure 15k easy.

What makes you think you OCS would take you? If they don’t, would you still want to attend Norwich?
 

Hatchet

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Yessir, I do plan to go the officer route... I highly seek to still commission into the Marine Corps.

I am going to visit Norwich University soon, and hopefully make a decision. As I had mentioned in my previous posts, dropping my yearly tuition from 65k/yr to around 12k/yr is honestly a deal I don't want to pass up.

I did see a statistic that not all Cadets earn a commission once they graduate, hence if that happens to me... I would still plan to attend OCS.
Man just the other day you were talking about enlisting. Now you’re talking about commissioning like it has been your idea all along. OCS is EXTREMELY competitive and the chances of them taking you in your current wishy washy state is nil. You should do what other people have said and do two years of community college, see where you’re at, and then decide if you want to commission or enlist. It isn’t that difficult.
 

BP9957976

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Yessir, I do plan to go the officer route... I highly seek to still commission into the Marine Corps.

I am going to visit Norwich University soon, and hopefully make a decision. As I had mentioned in my previous posts, dropping my yearly tuition from 65k/yr to around 12k/yr is honestly a deal I don't want to pass up.

I did see a statistic that not all Cadets earn a commission once they graduate, hence if that happens to me... I would still plan to attend OCS.
Hey Michael,

I am a sophomore at Norwich University and in the Corps of Cadets. Pursuing a commission in the Coast Guard. I went to Coast Guard boot camp last summer. If you have any questions about Norwich or even about enlisting in the Coast Guard let me know. I know you have not mentioned the Coast Guard but you should look into it as I think the mission is very fulfilling as it is more humanitarian than the other branches. If you still want to go the Marine Corp officer route I can talk to you about this as well as I have many friends who are in the process of becoming officers. Good luck!
 

TigerMomNot

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I wanted to refrain, but there is something about MichaelT2022 that draws advice from SAF members like moths to a flame. The Most Interesting Man In The World would probably say "I don't always check SAF, but when I do, I like to give MichaelT2022 advice."

OK here it is. Your father, your injuries . . . could be the universe telling you something. Puzzled by Norwich at 15K a year. What happened to IUPUI/Purdue with in state tuition and ROTC?! Possibly too practical and therefore boring, LOL?
 

AROTC-dad

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Agree with @TigerMomNot.

DS graduated from a State Public University via Army ROTC debt free, thanks to his Army ROTC scholarship, working two jobs, and merit aid.

After commissioning as an Army Officer, he heavily contributed to his TSP, and began investing in a brokerage account.

Unlike many of his fellow O-2 officers who are burdened by student loans, DS can afford to buy his first house with no help from mom/dad.
 

AROTC Parent

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I wanted to refrain, but there is something about MichaelT2022 that draws advice from SAF members like moths to a flame. The Most Interesting Man In The World would probably say "I don't always check SAF, but when I do, I like to give MichaelT2022 advice."

OK here it is. Your father, your injuries . . . could be the universe telling you something. Puzzled by Norwich at 15K a year. What happened to IUPUI/Purdue with in state tuition and ROTC?! Possibly too practical and therefore boring, LOL?
Purdue Engineering is surprisingly difficult to get into even with a 'bridge' from a local university.
 

Jarhead713

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I think you need to sit down and figure out what your END goal is.

Officer? No debt? Just getting out of the house? What's the plan here?

When you figure out what you REALLY want, you need to find out how you're gonna get there.

Ex: I want to be an officer in the USMC

How will I get there? Well, I need a degree.

How will I get a degree with as little debt (or no debt at all) as possible? What's the cheapest option with the best degree program?


Then you can draw lines from there to other places.

Ex: Ok, I can't afford a degree even at my cheapest college, what're my options?

Break this down and make a decision, otherwise August will roll around and you won't be anywhere.
 

Heatherg21

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This is a head-scratcher for sure. Regardless of what OP decides, this thread should serve others moving forward as so many have provided excellent advice, examples, guidance, etc.

Our DD wanted to live at home and go to Community College. Her dad said no. Surprised me a bit, really. He told her she wouldn't mature and grow with mom (that's me) doing her shopping, cooking, and laundry. He forced her hand and we supported her moving into an apartment 90 miles away. The best thing we ever did as parents. She had to think for herself, act in her own best interests--- or not, and clean up the mess her poor choices might cause. She is 25 and thriving. Confident, happy, and independent.

Michael, none of us know you and we have to take what you say with a grain of salt. You have very patient people who have provided an incredible amount of guidance and counsel. If you were my kid or one of my students, I would tell you that you need to do a serious gut check. Slow the train and take a very hard, long look in the mirror and see what you need to do next.
 
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