Sep 12, 2017
I'm debating on whether I should go to Virginia Tech or and in-state public college. Much of my decision depends on if I can get a scholarship while not being medically qualified. In other words, do I need to be medically qualified by the year I attend LEAD or the perspective field training (depending which branch although I plane to go AFROTC) or when I receive the scholarship. Secondly, if I don't place high enough and it comes down to me needing the commanders recommendation for me to commission, would I still be able to try for a waiver even though it would be unlikely to get?

Also, if anyone has info on the SMP program or offerings by the national guard to lower tuition rates, feel free to include.



10-Year Member
Oct 21, 2010
This is from the NROTC web pages. I expect, but do not know for certain, that it applies to all ROTC programs:
If you have not been notified that you are medically qualified before your Fall tuition is due, then you must be prepared to pay tuition by other means until you have been found medically qualified or been notified that you have received a waiver.
In essence, you can be awarded a scholarship but it will not become effective until you are medically qualified (among other things). I would add, you do not try for a waiver. The xROTC scholarship authority decides if they want to pursue one, and they also decide if they are going to award the waiver. Even if you go through all 4 years and are a stellar cadet or midshipman, without the waiver you will not commission.

Hope this is helpful. Hate to be the bearer of bad news.


New Member
Mar 25, 2018
As I understand, you will not be asked to sign your contract for your scholarship until your waiver is approved.