Rejoining AROTC


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Mar 14, 2017
I received a 3 year AD high school scholarship this last fall and started taking classes in the fall. After a few weeks of school I made the decision to drop out of the AROTC program at my school for personal reasons. Now that the second semester is starting I’m now regretting my decision to drop out and I’ve realized how much I want to do it again. I would like to know what I can do from here. What are my options? Am I still able to receive the scholarship?
This is a tough sell.

The good news is that the Army didn't spend any money on scholarships for you yet. The bad news is that you dropped out and you gotta admit that it doesn't make the best first impression.

The only right answer is to get in touch with the ROO and convince him/her along with the PMS, that the first semester was an aberration. There are no guarantees!

Here are three possible outcomes:
  1. They say "No, thanks, we are done here."
  2. They say, "Okay you can come back in as an MS-I again, but no scholarship. If you work your butt off through your MS-II year, you might earn a contract to commission."
  3. They say "Wow, welcome back!" and reinstate your 3 year AD scholarship. (If you finish 2018 strong).
What do you have to lose by asking?
My money is on #2 but only if you were a pretty impressive cadet during fall semester. In my view, a lot depends on how close the ROO was in filling his mission for 2017/2018 PLUS how good a cadet you were.

Full disclosure: I am not a cadre member so the above is only my opinion as a dad of a cadet.

I hope @clarksonarmy or @MohawkArmyROTC can chime in and give a ROO's perspective.
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I’m betting your scholarship is long gone. If you want to be an Army Officer and you have your head on straight now and you were at my school we’d be more than happy to give you a second chance, with no guarantee that there will be a scholarship for you some day. Talk to the ROO ASAP and see what he/she thinks.
I concur with Clarkson. Especially if you are in 2BDE, your scholarship was yanked as soon as you said you dropped. Since weren't contracted, they most likely would take you back, but you would have to earn a campus based scholarship.