NROTC-MO Scholarship Results?

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  1. soph4

    soph4 Member

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    My SSgt said that the board finished convening this past week. Any idea of when I will hear back? I applied for the last board. I've gotten better PFT scores after training with the poolees at my local RSS but unfortunately it's too late to send my newest scores. I'm starting the process of enlisting in DEP and I don't want to close any doors. I know that if I get the scholarship they can dep me out no problem. I'm just curious! Thank you.
     
  2. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    soph4: Why are you applying to DEP? I urge you to search this forum for discussions around DEP for perspective on the program versus the NROTC, PLC and OCC paths. In general, if you want to become a Marine Officer DEP is not the best path to follow.
     
  3. soph4

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    Because I'm having an existential crisis but also because they said that it would make my application stand out more therefore bettering my chances of getting the scholarship. Sorry, that was probably not the best answer to your question.
     
  4. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Nope.
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    If the scholarship falls through you'll be enlisted. You don't need to cross that bridge now, and frankly I don't believe it helps your application. Instead, it helps a recruiter meet his quota. Don't have a problem with DEP, just want you to understand what you're getting into.
     
  6. soph4

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    Yeah, I understand that. I'm just getting really stressed out waiting to hear back from colleges and everything.
     
  7. Dadof2

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    Being stressed out is not a good reason to lock yourself into something you may not want. You have received good advice from two great resources who suggest this may not be the best path for your stated goal. I suggest you take their advice and look into this more to make sure you fully understand what you are signing up for.

    BTW, as part of growing up and becoming a successful adult, you are going to have to learn to make sound decisions under stress and pressure.
     
  8. soph4

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    Respectfully, I never stated that my stress is the direct reason I am starting the process of dep-ing in. I was just saying that I am stressed out in general and that I am asking for a general idea of when I will hear back from ROTC. I am completely capable of growing up and becoming a successful adult as I am doing that right now.
     
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    rocatlin 5-Year Member

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    The best path is this if you don't get the 4 year this year...

    1) Reapply as soon as the scholarship opens back up again (provided you haven't busted the credit hour limit with AP testing, etc.)
    2) Concurrently, enroll as a college program midshipman in the school you expected to take your scholarship at
    3) Do well as a college program mid -- which will also open you up for a sideload scholarship if you don't get selected for the 4 year scholarship.
    4) Look into the PLC program.

    It is wise council to not go DEP -- even as a reservist while in school. The experiences relayed on this board are anywhere from "it's detrimental" to "it's negligibly beneficial" to go into the DEP. (I've known both cases personally.)

    Keep on pursuing this if you really are passionate about it.
     
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  10. Dadof2

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    OK, but I thought the following question and responses indicated that was the reason... My bad.
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    Not saying you aren't capable of growing up and becoming successful; merely pointing out that life is full of decisions that have to be made at stressful and inconvenient times and you have to learn how to handle that - and I'm sure you will. 99% of the responses you will get on this forum are people trying to help you. Still, sometimes those responses can seem harsh.

    Again, you've received sound advice. Think about what you really want and go for it - you have several paths that could get you there. Good luck.
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    @soph4: In response to my question as to "why are you applying to DEP" you said:

    Your response was the answer I was most concerned about. This is not a good reason to apply to DEP. If you want to become a Marine Officer you should exhaust the NROTC, college programmer, PLC and OCC routes rather than DEP.
     
  12. WestCoast22

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    Your response to those who took the time to respond to you, who are undoubtedly experienced and knowledgeable about the topic you raised, should simply have been, "Thank you, Sir or Ma'am." Not "Yeah." While clearly you only wanted a response addressing the question of when results may come out, you received guidance and concern for your well-being, and food for thought. Learning to cope with stress, having gratitude, patience, tenacity and open-mindedness, and not being too quick to react in your communication, are probably good traits to develop whether you become an enlisted or officer. And when someone starts a response with "Respectfully, . . ." and then disagrees and becomes defensive, usually that means you think none is due.
     
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  13. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    You may not hear back on the scholarship until mid to late April. This is when my son got a negative reply. It was not a problem as we had excellent backup plans in place so he could still attend his first choice college and enroll in NROTC. he was awarded a scholarship half way through his sophomore year.

    Not receiving a scholarship at this point is not the end of the road to becoming an officer. I know the wait is hard having gone through it. If you focus on backup plans or something else that's interesting to you, you can get through it.

    A final word about stress. You will be stressed many times in life but I think particularly in NROTC, OCS, and later in the core itself. You need to learn to deal with it and set it aside as you'll have troops to take care of, perhaps in the midst of a stressful battle.
     
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  14. soph4

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    Well considering not everyone's gender on here is common knowledge, I am not able to use "sir" or "ma'am" all of the time. And I have not responded to any responses just stating "Yeah". If you took the time to look at my other responses to people on my other thread posted, you would see that I was extremely grateful and respectful to everyone that responded. Just because I do not type out sir or ma'am–again, because I do not know everyone's gender on here–doesn't mean I lack respect or discipline. And I apologize that you think using the word "respectfully" is counter-intuitive but that is just an opinion. I have learned all of the aforementioned things so just because my minimal wording doesn't demonstrate that, it is not fair to assume I do not deserve to be an officer. I would rather not be denigrated for a simple miscommunication.
     
  15. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    OK folks. Let's quit the sniping or moderator action might be required. Please keep comments on topic.
     
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    DD just got a call from her Marine Captain informing her of a level-1 scholarship offer. Still waiting on AROTC and CGA - a mountain of vision DQs to face down (esotropia, astigmatism, current or recurrent diplopia - all diagnosed at CGA during swab summer while wearing an old prescription) - all correctable with her glasses, and a "history of systemic reaction to food or food additives" DQ - not life threatening (waived by CGA last year). I'm not confident and want her to guard herself against having her heart broken again, but she won't quit until she knows for sure. Any info re: waiver chances welcome. Ready to pull the trigger on Army Reserves. I admire her desire to serve and hope she gets all the information she needs before she feels she needs to commit to make her college arrangements work.
     
  17. soph4

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    Thank you, ma'am. I appreciate your insight. Congrats on the scholarship offer! That's great news. I'm sorry to hear about the complications. I hope it works out for all of you!
     
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  18. DaGrubs

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    I know that you are anxiously awaiting news, just like my DS and Ussloyd's DS. Good news, is that someone finally heard something (I have been looking at the forum daily to see when someone would post being notified :)) Now, we will either get calls with good news, or not get calls until mid-April with news to start working on plan B :) Either way, keep pushing on (same thing I told my DS) and work hard towards your ultimate goal. There are so many ways to get there. Take care.
     
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  19. soph4

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    Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words of encouragement and support :) It is very helpful in a time like this! I'll make sure to tell you what happens :) All the best
     
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  20. DaGrubs

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    Just curious what state you are from?