Scholarship vs. non-scholarship

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by eagleman, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. eagleman

    eagleman 5-Year Member

    Jun 3, 2011
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    I am sure this question has been asked before somewhere on this site. Unfortunately, I am unable to find it.

    Anyway, I am wanting to know whether those on scholarship with any ROTC branch are favored as far as receiving a commission compared to those that are just contracted and not receiving scholarship money?

    It seems as if the government would favor them because they want to make sure they get their moneys worth.

  2. gojack

    gojack .... 5-Year Member

    Jul 1, 2010
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    As far as the Army goes, no difference, just your score.

    BTW, non-scholarship cadets tend to serve (stay in) in the Army longer than any other group of officers (USMA, OCS, scholarship-ROTC)
  3. patentesq

    patentesq Parent 5-Year Member

    Jan 6, 2011
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    For Army, scholarship students incur a 4-year active-duty commitment (plus 4 years Inactive Ready Reserve), while non-scholarship students incur only a 3-year active-duty commitment (plus 5 years Inactive Ready Reserve). For Air Force, service commitment is more uniform (and depends on nature of duty):

    gojack is exactly right on the other points.
  4. dunninla

    dunninla 5-Year Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    above posts are correct.

    The options available during ROTC and upon commissioning to a non-scholarship or scholarship cadet (not counting children of Colonels and Generals :) ) are determined by two things:
    1) during ROTC - a Cadet's ranking (and cadet-rank) within the Battalion, and
    2) Branching of 4th Year Cadets -- a cadets position from 1-4850 (or whatever the # of cadets that year) in the Order of Merit List, established early in senior year after the summer-before-senior-year LDAC 5 week course.

    The Order of Merit List positioning and how this affects Branching choice for a cadet is described well in these two powerpoints:

    The bottom line is that, like at the Academies, from Day 1 a cadet is graded and compared to all other cadets in the Battalion, and eventually in the country's 200+ other Battalions. What a cadet is graded on exactly is described in the two powerpoints. GPA is the most important, and a cadet's score at LDAC is the 2nd most important. But everything counts in one way or another. There is no "blending in" or operating in the background. Every single thing a cadet does socially, scholastically, in voluneer activites, and within the Battalion is noticed, discussed, evaluated, and scored. On scholarship, or not on scholarship does not affect any of this, nor does it affect the position a cadet holds in the Order of Merit List.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011

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