ROTC Representative

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Cadet257, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Cadet257

    Cadet257 Member

    Jul 29, 2016
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    My daughter is interested in ROTC and is applying for the 4 year AROTC scholarship. Would it benefit us to speak with an ROTC rep from a college?
    Also, if we do should we just speak with one at a local college or go to the college representative at the college she is applying to (Norwich University, about 3 hours away)?
    Thanks for the help!
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    For basic information about the process, meeting with ROTC at a local college would be fine. When she finishes her application it would be a good idea to do the interview at Norwich since it's not that far away. It's a great idea to have a conversation with a ROTC Recruiting Officer at any program while working on the application, this way you can get the most current information about ROTC since it seems to change at least a little each year.

    Best of luck to your daughter.
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  3. DanGir

    DanGir 5-Year Member

    Mar 2, 2012
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    I suggest that you try to do the interview at Norwich. The reason being is that Norwich is a little different than AROTC at a non military college. There are a couple of threads on this site that opine why it's better to interview at your first choice college. Also, she can also visit with the ROO at most colleges when she visits.
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  4. tjb1975

    tjb1975 Member

    Nov 16, 2015
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    Spend all your time at the college your daughter wants to attend so they can advocate for her. That will also help you determine if it is a good fit. We asked for my son to shadow a current cadet for a day. That was great. He also participated in their PT. It indicated how serious he was about the program and it helped him cement the decision.
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  5. PennStateArmyROTC

    PennStateArmyROTC Penn State ROO

    Feb 20, 2015
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    I'm glad to hear that your daughter is interested in ROTC. I am actually the Scholarship and Enrollment Officer at Penn State Army ROTC. I know there's a few more of my counterparts from other schools on these forums, so feel free to ask any questions you have.

    A couple of points about schools and techniques to evaluate your daughter's options:

    1) Visit all the Universities that your daughter considers options for her schooling. It would be especially valuable to draw the distinctions between a Senior Military College and normal colleges choices. If she does earn a scholarship, it would likely be to more than one school, and she'll want a variety of comparative experiences.
    2) Much like what was stated above, we always recommend applicants complete the interview at their #1 school. That said, schools won't lobby on a candidates behalf simply because you've spent time there. We've all come to understand our impact on the National Scholarship Process is extremely limited, and even the best candidates are unknown commodities. We certainly can influence through the interview, but that can't dramatically shift someone's chances.
    3) Make sure the number one factor in your daughter's decision is her academics. While the ROTC program should play a role, the University she attends and the degree she earns will have a longer lasting impact after college.

    I hope that helps a little bit, and wish you luck though this process!
  6. scook

    scook New Member

    Sep 18, 2013
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    I spoke to an Army ROTC representative from every school I considered attending. It increased my knowledge of the program and scholarship progress exponentially, and I highly recommend it.
  7. Kronk

    Kronk Member

    Feb 28, 2014
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    It would definitely be nice to interview at Norwich. It's different up here, and maybe it'll let your DD get a feel for it.
    If there's any specific questions about the school shoot me a pm.

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