- Feb 20, 2023
Thank YOU! Will definitely pass along. Right now he can go to a local university, affordably, and join their ROTC. With this he can also be a servant leader in the wrestling room…especially the youth wrestling room…where he can promote academics and work ethic as he has demonstrated for years. Two current 5th graders and his little brother (incoming soph) have real Annapolis dreams!For @Kentucky9
Presumably your son has applied and gotten accepted at some colleges with an NROTC program, as part of his alternate plans strategy. He did not apply for the national 4-year scholarship; that is water under the bridge and a lesson learned. Right now, he can apply to join the NROTC unit as a “college programmer.” His target unit will have info on that on their website on the college link, usually in the FAQ section. He then is ready to become a full member of the unit this fall, eligible for other scholarships after performing well.
The candidate should contact the unit to see if there will be room for him. Schools like ERAU fill up with 4-year scholarship winners.
This is a long copy and paste post below, but I wanted to ensure you and the wider readership, especially Class of 2028 SA applicants, know about this option, if they fail to apply or do not earn a four-year ROTC scholarship.
For @Kentucky9 ’s son, if it’s not a favorable outcome for NAPS waitlist, he should start executing on this option immediately - if becoming a Navy officer is still the goal.
If your son is a member in good standing of the NROTC unit come this fall, and with superior performance, he is in great shape to apply for an ROTC nom from the unit, to add to other usual noms applied for, should he reapply to USNA. If he is just working out with the unit, as I think you mentioned in another post, he will miss out on a year of moving forward to a Navy commission. He will also be eligible for any additional benefits provided by the school to ROTC members. He may not be as competitive as other USNA college reapplicants fully immersed in their college NROTC unit.
From the UMD NROTC website, FAQ section:
You may join the NROTC unit as part of the College Program. The College Program provides no monetary benefits but you would participate fully in the unit. You will not be adversely ranked against scholarship students. You must submit the following forms in person to the NROTC Office in Reckord Armory.
Currently accepting applications for Fall 2021 on a rolling basis. All applicants for Fall 2021 should indicate their interest to the unit (via email at firstname.lastname@example.org). However, you should submit all application materials as early as possible to be given priority consideration for the program.
You can apply to join the unit while enrolled (as a full time, on campus, undergraduate-seeking student) at UMD with two or more years until graduation. If you are graduating within the next two years, you should explore a commission through the Officer Candidate School.
Required Documents: (you must download these files and open them in Adobe to view them)
Note: if you are planning on applying as a sophomore, you will need to double-up your naval science courses on your degree completion plan. We recommend taking NAVY101/201 (first spring) and 200/300 (second fall) in the same semester.
- College Program Application(sign using a pen, not electronically)
- Report of Medical History, DD Form 2807-1 (signed by your primary care physician)
- You may submit a copy of your DoDMERB physical (DD Form 2351, 2492, 2808, 2807-2) in lieu of this physical
- A copy of any DoDMERB qualification letter for ROTC and/or service academy (if you have one). However, you must still submit a physical (either a copy of your DoDMERB physical or the Report of Medical History) that has been signed by a physician to be considered for entry into the College Program
- Results of a medical test specifying if you have Sickle Cell Trait (SCT). Note: having SCT is not a disqualifying condition from the NROTC program. Most infants are tested for SCT at birth; this test is acceptable.
- COVID-19 status: never tested, date of most recent negative test result, date of most recent positive result, or date of positive antibody test
- Applicants with a positive test result or that have tested positive for antibodies must also submit:
- Examination from a medical provider documenting all of the following:
- Medical clearance following COVID infection in accordance with CDC guidelines
- Current full set of vital signs (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, pulse oximetry)
- Clinical heart and lung exam
- Brief description of the dates and clinical symptoms associated with the COVID infection, or the date and reason for having been tested (e.g.: asymptomatic, but required screening for school or work)
- Date of exercise clearance or a return to exercise plan stated in writing. Exercise should be limited to no more than a brisk walk for 7 days after a positive test (if asymptomatic) or symptom resolution (if symptoms were present), followed by a gradual return to exercise
- If any symptoms were associated with COVID infection, an electrocardiogram (ECG) is also required
- A signed and dated personal statement describing all of the following:
- Dates and course of the illness (a list of symptoms experienced with date of symptom resolution, whether or not hospitalized) or circumstances surrounding the diagnosis (asymptomatic with positive screening)
- Current self-paced running, swimming, and strength training regimen over the previous 2 weeks (if medically cleared for unrestricted exercise)
- Presence or absence of any cardiopulmonary symptoms (shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, palpitations etc.) during self-paced physical activity.
- COVID Vaccine documentation
- Degree Completion Planshowing your intended major (not Letters and Sciences) with no more than 19 credits per term to accomplish your degree at UMD. You must specify exactly which electives and Gen-Ed classes you will be taking (ie don’t write Tech Elect).
- Current UMD Students:
- You must include one class from the Regional Studies list and one class from the National Security list of classes. These two classes can count for your Gen-Ed requirements. Marine options do not have to include a Regional Studies class.
- Include ENGL 101 and ENGL 39X, unless equivalent classes have been taken at another college or you have AP credit for ENGL 101.
- Navy option: You must include MATH140, MATH141, PHYS161, and PHYS260, unless prior credit has been granted. In that case, 3 credits must be taken at UMD in both calculus and physics. Majors that do not have a specified DSNL class must also take PHYS 261 in the same semester as 260.
- Each semester you will take 4 credits in Naval Science, so we recommend you create a degree plan with no more than 15 credits per semester to avoid taking more than 19 credits in a semester in total. You must include all eight naval science courses on your degree plan (FAQ, question 35) and NAVY108 every fall/spring semester.
- Do not take any courses in the summer between your junior and senior year.
- This plan must be reviewed and signed by an advisor in your major at the top of the form, indicating you have accounted for all required major and Gen-Ed requirements.
- Current High School students, or Transfer students not yet completed initial advising: Degree Completion Plan showing your intended major (not Letters and Sciences) and the classes you intend to take in your first semester in the program
- This must include appropriate naval science classes(NAVY100 and NAVY108) and have at least 16 total credits (4 of which are naval science)
- Unofficial high school transcript (if a current high school student or graduated this past May)
- Unofficial UMD transcript from Testudo (if completed UMD initial advising or a current UMD student)
- Unofficial college transcripts from other colleges/universities (if applicable)
- Letter of acceptance from UMD
- Copy of birth certificate (unofficial/scanned version is fine), naturalization papers, or proof of naturalization being in process
Email the unit at email@example.com set up an interview in the office in Reckord Armory on campus at UMD. Please email all documents listed above at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. Bring physical copies as well to your interview. You must show up to your interview following proper grooming standards and in business casual attire (no jeans).
Parents: please allow your student the leadership development opportunity to reach out to the unit on their own behalf, rather than handling the college program application for them.
Eligibility for the NROTC College Program:
- Be motivated to serve as a commissioned officer in the Naval service
- Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic or taking an oath to perform such act
- Be a U.S. or naturalized citizen or have submitted naturalization papers
- Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at UMD
- Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate;
- Have no apparent physically disqualifying factors based on a review of the Report of Medical History
- Have the ability to meet the height/weight requirements
- Have no felony conviction or conviction by courts-martial
- Not be awaiting criminal trial or sentencing, or be under any other type of military or civil restraint as a result of violation of law or regulation, or have been convicted of an offense, the nature of which renders the applicant unfit for commissioned service
- Meet Department of the Navy requirements concerning the use of drugs and alcohol
- Have no body piercings and tattoos that violate Navy or Marine Corps policy
- Have more than two years of college coursework remaining until you receive a degree from UMD
- Meet physical requirements for the NROTC Program
- Be at least 17 years of age and not yet 23 on or before 1 September of the year of enrollment and less than 27 years of age upon commissioning
- Those with prior or current active duty in the Armed Forces may be granted age waivers equal to the number of months served. Those granted the maximum age waiver must not have reached their 29th birthday upon commissioning
In the end if he gets off the waitlist it will have great impact on those in his community who look up to him. If he doesn’t he can still serve as an example
Of resilience, and every characteristic the sport of wrestling promotes!
Capt MJ….ya are appreciated!