Sideload Scholarships

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  1. Stephy

    Stephy Member

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    Hi everyone! I am a NROTC MO scholarship applicant, and I am still waiting to hear back. I was looking at some other posts and noticed something called a side-load scholarship. I was just wondering what this was? Trying to set up a plan C, and was exploring some options. Thanks in advance!
     
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    Scholarship you can pick up as a college programmer in NROTC. They're 2-3 year and have the same benefits as the 4 year one. It's what I'll be going for!
     
  3. 5Day

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    Here is my summary of NROTC scholarships
    You win a 4 year NROTC scholarship as a senior in High School, that's where you are at now. If you don't win the scholarship as a HS Senior, all is not lost. Your next step is to attend a college that has a NROTC program and you join the battalion as a "College Programmer". College Program students receive leadership opportunities in the battalion, have Naval Science course requirements and are held to the same institutional standards as our scholarship and active duty students, and the staff. You get uniforms and are treated the same as scholarship Mids (the only exception is you do not go to summer training). While a College Programmer you will compete for a scholarship or advanced standing. In the fall you will once again submit a national NROTC scholarship application and compete for a 4 year scholarship, this is the same one you are competing for now, but you would only get the benefits for 3 or 3 1/2 years. You continue to compete for a scholarship after that, the scholarship awarded after your freshman year is called a "side-loaded" scholarship. Side-loads are still a national competition, but you are competing with other Mids in from your commissioning year. In addition, you could be awarded "Advanced Standing" which is a contract to commission, it only pays a stipend, books and you go on a summer cruise. Advanced standing only has a 3 year active duty commitment.
     
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  4. Stephy

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    Thank you both! Definitely will make this a plan C! :)
     
  5. AROTC-dad

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    Agree with 5 day...being a college programmer is the best route to take on earning a side-load. @kinnem's DS did this and earned a 3 year side-load. He is now a Marine officer.

    If you are attending a non-NROTC college, there is still another method of becoming a Marine officer, called PLC or Platoon Leaders Class which is part of OCS. There can be a small stipend but no scholarship by taking this path.

    If you enroll as a freshman or sophomore, you would attend two USMC paid six-week summer training programs at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School at Quantico.

    The downside of PLC is that the Corps has no obligation to offer a commission after you are done, although if you do well, they usually will. Remember, Marine officers slots are filled first from USNA, then from NROTC/MO....and LASTLY from PLC/OCS. If the ranks are full from the Academy and NROTC/MO, then PLC slots are usually reduced.

    Here is a good source for more info:
    http://marineocsguide.com/marine-officer-candidates-school-what-is-the-plc-program/
     
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  6. Stephy

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    I am planning on attending Texas A&M (I've already been accepted) whether or not I get the 4-year scholarship. I've been wanting to join the Marines since I was 7, and I am definitely going to college. A scholarship with a commitment is my first plan, but any information on the routes to becoming a Marine officer is much appreciated! :)
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Congratulations on becoming an Aggie! They have a lot of Marine Corps college programmers, so that is the best path for you. Good luck!
     
  8. Stephy

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    Thank you so much!!!
     
  9. TexasSoccerMom

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    My son will most likely be an Aggie. (Unless USAFA surprises him with an appointment.). Already accepted to A&M College of Engineering and signed up for the Corps. He too is awaiting Nrotc and afrotc scholarship results.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    What 5Day and AROTC-dad said. Get great PFT scores. Get excellent grades. Work hard at NROTC leadership billets. Volunteer every opportunity you get. Participate in drill team. etc. etc. Take good care of your shipmates. Good things will come to those destined to be Marine officers. Have fun on your great adventure.
     
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  11. Stephy

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    Good luck to him! We are all on pins and needles waiting for the scholarships XD.
     
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    I believe this to be true but not 100%

    At an SMC a student can stay in the NROTC Battalion until graduation without contracting. (unlike a non-SMC where you can only participate uncontracted until your junior year). On would think that sticking out and survive 4 years in NROTC-MO would be very beneficial if you had to ultimately go the OCS route.
     
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    My DS is also going to be an Aggie in the Corps. Waiting on word from USNA and NROTC scholarship.
     
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