Really impressed with ROTC

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by KYparent, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. KYparent

    KYparent Member

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    My DD and I took a trip northeast today to visit her plan B school and complete her PMS interview. We also took a tour of the campus while we were there. I have to say that I am very impressed. I am somewhat familiar with the campus because I work in college access programs and because DD spent some time there a few years back for a summer science camp but we got a personal tour this time and they even got us an immediate appointment with financial aid to get some questions answered.

    The PMS took a few minutes with both of us and then I went down the hall to talk to the ROO. The ROO was able to answer all my questions about costs, the program, the expectations, etc. He even helped us with an issue we are having with the scholarship portal. As is so often the case for those of us from Kentucky, we spent time talking about family, life, little league and the weather. I really came away feeling like they would do a great job working with my daughter.

    Everyone knew that she is waiting on a decision from West Point and no one tried to talk her out of it or put any pressure on her to make a decision. In fact, one of the instructors is a West Point graduate and the PMS asked him to meet with my daughter so that she could get some first hand information. He clearly laid out the differences and let her know it was all about what kind of experience she wants. It was a great day and I have to give props to all the folks who are working hard to make this happen.
     
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    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

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    Glad to hear you and your daughter had such a good experience, it's great when a battalion takes the time to sit with an prospect and answer their questions.

    I have two son's that both went through AROTC, they were in a great program, the younger son actually followed his older brother to the same school/battalion. Both of them equally enjoyed their time in ROTC and college and had no regrets in the path they chose.

    Best of luck to your daughter in whatever direction she goes.
     
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  3. Walman888

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    Might I ask which school please? Our DD is in the same situation between the Academies and the ROTC schools. We will be headed to the North East as well in a few weeks. Thanks.
     
  4. KYparent

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    Sure. It was Morehead State University in Eastern Kentucky. She has already been accepted there and received a non-ROTC scholarship which would cover the food portion of her cost. Morehead provides housing for all scholarship ROTC members.
     
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  5. Walman888

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    We are going with Norwich unless the Academies admit. Does she want to commission? Which branch? DD prefers Air Force at this point but Army is a better scholarship. She has heard that Air Force is a little more "Friendly"(?). Thanks!
     
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  6. KYparent

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    She definitely wants to commission. She is focused on the Army. She considered Air Force ROTC but her experience in Army JROTC has been positive and she wants to go Army. Morehead State only has Army ROTC so going there pretty much settles it.

    BTW-I have a cousin who was enlisted in the Air Force. He says that they had the best food and housing out of all the branches and the officers especially had it good.
     
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  7. Walman888

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    That would pretty much do the trick. Good luck to your girl! Thanks.
     
  8. doireann

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    Well done. We did the same ; visited two of the three colleges that my son received the scholarship for. The third ; well lets just say that he didn't get a good vibe from the ROTC leader. It is a very big college, and the ROTC guy never returned emails, had a sophomore call my son to congratulate him and never made himself available to meet on the two occasions we were going to tour. Then when he eventually called, he wanted my son to commit to that school right there and then.
    The other two ROTC guys ; now they were awesome. They answered all the questions, never once made my son feel that he should go to their specific school, introduced him to the other cadets, and gave him lots of advice. He feels so comfortable with either place that it may even come down to a toss of a coin. It makes such a difference when the ROTC guys are great and welcoming.
     
  9. MohawkArmyROTC

    MohawkArmyROTC Recruiting Operations Officer

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    Good to hear that you had positive experience on most of your trips. The other guy trying to get a commitment over the phone was probably a former USAREC recruiter.