NROTC vs. NROTC marine option

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Coby12998, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. Coby12998

    Coby12998 Member

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    Hello, I have a few questions regarding both the Navy and Marine options for NROTC. First of all, which is more competetive to get into? I know less people apply for the Marine option and that they're more focused on physical fitness than Navy option is. This being said, I have a 3.4 high school GPA and I'm not sure if this is good enough for Navy option. I already applied for the 4 year scholarship for Navy and I didn't get it, so now in my second time applying, I'm wondering if I should switch to Marine option based on my grades. And I know everybody's going to tell me to do what I want to do, not just what's easier to get into, but I'm 100% happy with either option here, I have no preference really.

    On another note, if I don't get the scholarship for Navy or Marine option (whichever I decide to do) my second time around applying, can I still enroll in the college-program as a Marine option, or would I have to be a Navy option to participate in the college-program.. and would it be harder to get a three or two year scholarship as a Navy or Marine option?

    Thank you!
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    You should enroll in the college program this fall regardless of option. I would not submit my scholarship application until speaking with the freshman adviser after enrolling in the program... they may be able to help you hone it. They will probably want to see your first semester transcript anyway.

    Marines are more interested in physical fitness than the Navy, but you'll need all the other attributes as well.... academics, athletics, and leadership. Participating in NROTC as a college programmer can help with the leadership aspects.@rocatlin hasn't chimed in yet, but would send you to this... http://www.thesandgram.com/2011/01/18/nrotc-marine-option-scholarships/
     
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  3. vcent@2021

    vcent@2021 Member

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    I'm going to tell you know that I got the Navy 4-year National scholarship with the same GPA (albeit i took 12 AP courses during my 9-11th grade years.) What will set you apart in the application process is your standardized test scores, extracurriculars, leadership experience/potential, and the interview process. Convey that you want to serve your country as a naval/marine corps officer and that the NROTC program will help you achieve your goal. Best of luck Coby, I bid you the best of luck.
     
  4. NavyNOLA

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    You don't have to decide this just yet for sure. Pick the option that most appeals to you at the moment and then join as a College Program mid this fall as that option. After a month or two in the unit, you'll have a better feel for which option you're better suited for, and the staff at the unit can provide input. You can change option as a College Program hat without issue, as there's nothing tying you to one option or the other. This game plan still gives you time to apply for the scholarship (either one) freshman year.
     
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  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    NavyNOLA brings up a good point. Naval Science courses are the same for both options freshman year, so nothing lost there. Pay attention to the different academic requirements for Navy options, especially Calc and Physics. Don't let those slide if you plan decide to go Navy Option.