US Army ROTC scholarship and contracting question

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  1. migs

    migs Member

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    My son was awarded a 3 year AD US Army national scholarship. He has passed DoDMERB, obviously has very good grades so not worried about minimum GPA standards, and once APFT test is given he will not have a problem passing that. Assuming he keeps up his grades and passes the fitness tests can someone tell me at what point does he officially "contract"? I understood it as by signing acceptance of the scholarship, he officially contracts beginning of his sophomore year and accepts his military service post graduation so long as he passes all necessary APFT, GAP minimums. Thanks for any clarification as he is getting different answers.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Yeah, he becomes officially contracted start of sophomore year after (once again) passing the APFT.
     
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  3. migs

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    Thank you. That was the way I understood it as well, but he was getting conflicting info from some at the university he attends.

    Again, thank you
     
  4. madhttr

    madhttr AROTC Dad

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    DD also on 3 year just signed hers the first day of class her sophomore year.
     
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  5. migs

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    Thank you. Appreciate it.
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Ditto on DoDMERB and APFT as being the critical pieces that have to be in place before contracting.
     
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    sheriff3 5-Year Member

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    Also it is not uncommon at all to have a 3 yr upgraded to a 3.5 or even full 4 year if the cadet performs exceptionally well and the funds are available. If they score high on the afpt , get involved and perform well good things can happen.
     
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    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army 5-Year Member

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    Disagree...would not use the words "not uncommon". In my Brigade it has been a few years since anyone has gotten an upgrade. I would suggest an upgrade is not likely and you should not plan on such a thing.
     
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    My son is a 4 year AROTC recipient and he contracts this Friday as a Freshman!. He has passed AFPT and medical etc. He is so incredibly excited and motivated for this next step.

    I assume 'contracting' is just a formality in the sense signing forms, pledging etc and not really a ceremonial event.

    Thank you and good luck
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Correct.
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Upon contracting most Battalions hold a "swearing in" ceremony. Some are formal and others not so much. My DS's battalion holds them at half time at either the Varsity football or basketball half time period. Some battalions may just swear the cadet in at the PMS's office. On the other hand, my DS's battalion holds them at half time at either the Varsity football or basketball half time period. It is nice for parents to attend, but not essential.

    Commissioning is a MUCH bigger deal.
     
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  12. madhttr

    madhttr AROTC Dad

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    Yep, DD was sworn in yesterday on the spur of the moment. We had asked her about it and wanted to be there, but apparently it was a very informal thing at her battalion. Kind of anti-climactic considering the commitment she's made. A more public event would have been nice but I guess we can still look forward to her commissioning.
     
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    Thank you all for your responses. While anyone would like "upgrade" we are not and have not counted on it nor worried about it. He is happy, working hard, passed DoDMERB and is working hard in PT and has caught the attention of the young leader of the Ranger Challenge Team who asked him tryout. Again, appreciate everyones responses, and we, and he are just happy he will serve his country and is enjoying the experience. I just wanted to find out when he would contract as we were getting different answers.
     
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    sheriff3 5-Year Member

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    Clarkson you would know better than I. I was basing my comment on my DS observations at his unit over the previous 4 years , one of his friends was upgraded from a 3 to a 3.5 and AROTC Dad DS earning an upgrade a couple of years ago. Maybe the Army is tightening this up now?
     
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    About upgrades, definitely Brigade specific. My daughter received an upgrade last year, one of her other schools that she had the option said they had not seen upgrades for a few years. A lot of the upgrades talked about in this board are from the same brigade and that could go away at any time. My daughter learned about her upgrade a little over a month into first semester dependent on continuing to be successful in ROTC and also her grades and contracted in January her freshman year. All but one of their 3 year AD recipients received an upgrade last year and the year prior only 1 did, so depends on the year and the class.
     
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    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Yeahhhh 8th brigade!
     
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