NROTC Orientation

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by remax331, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. remax331

    remax331 New Member

    Mar 12, 2016
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    I'm not sure my question can be answered, but any input will be gladly accepted!

    This upcoming fall I will be attending USF, and have new student orientation (for the school) August 15-16. This date is set aside for all out of state students since going back and forth would be costly. Coming in from California, it seemed to be the best option. My ROTC orientation dates are August 16-18. So August 16th creates a conflict.

    After discussing it with the unit, they at first told me not to worry and they will accommodate, then told me to change my date because they can't accommodate (ROTC orientation starts early in the morning, while school orientation doesn't end until 16:00, and my school orientation can't be skipped because they wait until you have completed all orientation activities before registering students in classes) and after informing them it will cost us around $2500 extra in plane tickets, hotel stays, rental cars, etc... they again have told me to keep my orientation date and we will work around it. As a side note, there is also a kid coming in from Japan, and another from Washington, so I am not the only one with this problem.

    As of now, the best (tentative) plan is for me to come into the ROTC building as soon as the doors open at 0530 on the 16th, fly through as much paperwork as possible until having to go back to school orientation at 0800, and not come back to the ROTC orientation until after I complete school orientation. My concern is I will be missing a lot of information, as well as getting unneeded attention placed on myself early, even though my late excuse is legitimate.

    What usually happens first day of orientation? Is it all paperwork and logistics? Will me not being with the group throughout the day affect me going forward in any negative way?

    Thank you
  2. SpartanDM

    SpartanDM Member

    May 21, 2012
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    First of all NSO is not mandatory (per the ROD), but I don't know anyone that hasn't done it. The only paperwork at my unit's NSO is done the last day after swearing in. All other paperwork such as uniform sizes, personal info, etc should be handled by mail ahead of time. If that's not the case see if you can do it ahead of time. I'm not sure how your unit will run NSO, and I don't want to give anything away, but by the end I'm sure none of your colleagues will remember you were 2 hours late.
  3. NavyNOLA

    NavyNOLA Member

    Mar 11, 2016
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    Nobody on here is going to be able to give you the right answer. This is an issue to be resolved by working with NROTC and USF.
  4. Seawings18

    Seawings18 Member

    Aug 25, 2013
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    Your peers won't give you a hard time over missing a portion of NSO. It will be up to you to cover the material that you missed while at your school orientation but keep in mind NSO is a very small portion of your training. You will learn far more in the first month as a MIDN than in the 2 days of NSO and your reputation as a 4/C is going to be earned as a direct result of your actions over time.

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