Discussion in 'ROTC' started by cdh50193, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. cdh50193

    cdh50193 5-Year Member

    Jul 20, 2010
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    1. If I'm not mistaken, you apply for scholarship through a selection of schools and through a major. What if you change your major during the school year?

    2. Is Aviation a popular choice of branch in the Army when commissioned?

    3. In your selection of schools for scholarship, what if you don't get admitted to your primary choice, or if at any chance, all 3?

    4. Do you have to shave every single strain of hair off your head?

    5. I heard a rumor if you're not a US Citizen, you can still participate in ROTC non-scholarship until your junior year where you must be naturalized or by Commission year. Is that correct? Or must you be a US Citizen no matter what by the time you start ROTC?

    6. How long is the training for Rotary-winged Aircraft (Helicoptor) pilots? for Airplane (Cargo, troops transport) pilots in the Army?

    7. I'm planning on applying for Army and Air Force, maybe even Navy ROTC Scholarship and later determine my choice based on the offer and consideration of my future. When should I finish my applications by before the next board meetings for each branches?

    8. I've started a USMA and USNA file but re-considered. I haven't closed my files yet, but I know for a fact that I won't continue their files. I have the DoDMEB files in. I did my medical examinations. And I know that for ROTC applications, they can use that if I've already done it for SA Files. Is it proper to not close the files yet and wait, until I can transfer the information later onto my ROTC applications?

    That's all I can think of for now but I'll repost if I can think of more. Thanks in advance. :shake:
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    I think I can answer at least a few of your questions.

    As part of your AROTC Scholarship application you will be asked to list 7 schools. If you are accepted Cadet Command will offer your scholarship to some but usually not all of the schools you listed. You list your intended Major on the application. Once you are at school you can apply to change majors if you choose, most of the time the request is accepted.

    Aviation is the the hardest branch choice. You can ensure that you get it by finishing in the top 10% among all cadets in the nation. Anyone that finishes in the top 10% gets their branch choice. If you finish below the top 10% then the Army chooses for you based on your wish list and where you are on the national active duty OML, the process is quite involved and sometimes a bit confusing.

    Your hair will be short but not shaved.

    Not up to speed on the whole citizen thing, sorry.

    You can do a search for the aviation school to see how long each training period takes, they differ depending on which aircraft you are training on.

    For the Army scholarship you should start right away, the next board meets in January. Not sure about the other brances but I think your a bit behind for the NROTC.

    Others will have to answer the rest of your questions, Good luck.
  3. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

    Apr 29, 2010
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    Ok, first things first. I think you need to do some serious, serious research into the military and the commissioning sources available to you. Your question about whether you must shave "every single strain of hair off your head" tells me that you really haven't dug too deeply into this subject.

    Now, on to your specific questions that I feel qualified to answer...

    Aviation is one of the most--if not the most--competitive branches at commissioning time. The majority of aviation slots in a given year go to USMA, with about 45% going to ROTC.

    Initial Entry Rotary Wing training (IERW) is generally anywhere from 14-24 months, depending on the backlog in the pipeline and the airframe. As a lieutenant, you will generally not be selected for fixed-wing training. The Army has very, very few fixed-wing aircraft. The few small cargo airplanes we have are in the Reserves and National Guard. You have a 99.99% likelihood of flying rotary wing.

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