Re-Applying: A Few Questions

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by re-applicant2020, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. re-applicant2020

    re-applicant2020 New Member

    Jun 22, 2015
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    Hello, I was a QNS candidate for the class of 2019. I was awarded a 4-year AROTC scholarship, and have accepted it. Even though I will become an Army Officer through ROTC, I still have a strong desire to have the West Point experience and training. I will be re-applying to gain a seat in the class of 2020. After talking to my FFR and RC, I know what the re-application process consists of but I have a few questions specifically about re-applying as a cadet from ROTC.
    1) What is the best way to approach my PMS for a ROTC nomination to USMA?
    2) Is it frowned upon by other cadets to re-apply to USMA as a ROTC cadet?
    3) If accepted to USMA will I have to repay the tuition money from my freshman year?
    Thank you for your responses.
  2. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

    Feb 3, 2015
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    I don't know about the other questions, but for question three, you don't have to repay the tuition money.
  3. MemberLG

    MemberLG 5-Year Member

    Jan 4, 2011
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    1. Recommend until late October/early November after you spent some time in ROTC. Two reasons, give a ROTC and college a chance and prove to your PMS that you have what it takes to be a good Army officer.
    2. Depends, no need to advertise it but no need to keep it a secret. I applied to West Point while doing Army ROTC, other cadets didn't make an issue about it.
    3. You are asking about ROTC scholarship and perhaps any loans. ROTC scholarship, you don't have to pay back. If you borrowed any money (i.e. student loan), you have to pay it back
  4. -Bull-

    -Bull- 5-Year Member

    Mar 13, 2009
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    Not a USMA guy, but am a AROTC alum, I definitely agree with what MemberLG said, but since you will need stuff in as early as possible for the USMA application, you may have to approach your PMS earlier, but I wouldn't go much earlier. Since you will have only a short window of initial visibility with your PMS, you must do well on everything you're tested on early, specifically the APFT. That is the first heads up to the cadre on who's ready to rock.

    When you do approach your PMS be straight up with him/her and let them know what you're goals are, how you plan to meet them, and what you're wanting from the cadre. Most will not have a problem with it as long as you aren't wasting their time and a contract spot in their unit by just coasting by. The same will go for the other cadets in your class. Most won't care as long as you show them that you care while you're with them. Definitely don't burn bridges, you will see those guys later on.

    And keep an open mind. You may not want to be in ROTC or at a normal college, but that's where you're at in the now. There's still a chance you won't make it into USMA the second time, but if you screw around and ruin your first year in ROTC/college, that path could be off the table as well.
  5. mom3boys

    mom3boys 5-Year Member

    Nov 3, 2007
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    My son didn't approach the PMSuntil January. By that time, he knew him, his character, and his first semester grades.

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