What happens to an injured ROTC student?

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by BigBillNY, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. BigBillNY

    BigBillNY Member

    Jun 27, 2014
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    In the ROTC forums, there is a thread that contains a standard ROTC contract. http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=39104

    There seemed to be a whole series of requirements that students must maintain (GPA, course load, physical fitness, etc..) to maintain the scholarship or they are subject to several options- service enrollment, repay the funds, etc...

    In reading these forums, you hear about the occasional broken leg at AA school or some other injury that occurs during training or in the student's personal life.

    In reading the contract, there is no mention of what happens to a contracted ROTC student who gets injured and would no longer pass a DOD physical. Would the student be released from any Service obligation or having to repay the funds?

    Any thoughts or past experiences? The reason I am asking is that if my son gets an AROTC to one of his top choices, each school is in the $55k range. If he was not AROTC, he would get substantial financial aid (the schools each have a large endowment) and I would be responsible for only about $15k a year. If he got hurt and was discharged from the program, it would be nearly impossible to pay back $55k yearly rate.
  2. AROTC Parent

    AROTC Parent 5-Year Member

    Nov 3, 2009
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    Injuries During Army ROTC

    Much of the relevant information is in AR145-1.


    My now 2LT experienced an injury during an MSIII ROTC FTX. After surgery and return to full activity 7 months later a medical review occurred and was found to still meet accessions criteria. If accessions criteria had not been met as part of the medical review, and as supported by CCR145-1 and AR145-1, our understanding is that release from ROTC and military commitment would occur with no financial obligation.

    However, if the injury had occurred earlier in college and a medical review indicates 'does not meet accessions criteria' we would have had to pay for subsequent college costs.

    In my opinion the gray area begins when cadets don't report injuries that occur during ROTC activities or outside ROTC activities. Academics and ROTC participation suffers and then the failures begin for other than medical causes.

    A story for another day-----Federal Workman's Compensation processes and practices are a nightmare. Good luck finding an Ortho Doc that accepts it anywhere in the US.
  3. -Bull-

    -Bull- 5-Year Member

    Mar 13, 2009
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    I agree with everything posted above. Great info. CCR's (Cadet Command Regulations) is probably where the details you want are in.

    If the injury occurs as a result of an ROTC activity, your cadet will be taken care of for treatment and you will not be on the line for financial obligations to pay for school. If the injury is severe enough to prevent commissioning, you won't be forced to repay.

    If the injury is the result of a non-ROTC activity, that is another story, and I don't have enough experience on that part to give solid info.

    The best way to go about it is to maintain open communication with the cadre. If anything starts to feel wrong with your body let them know. Things ROTC cadets do can be hard on the body, preventing or treating an injury or potential injury is better than kicking the can down the road. The Army wants you healthy just as much as you want yourself healthy.

    Workmans Comp is another beast. That process can be very difficult to navigate. After re injuring my knee and needing surgery, I was in the process of reopening my claim and was denied by my claim manager (or whatever they're called) because "pain" is not a qualifying symptom. Had to move forward on the surgery, and after sending the details and notes of both my injury and everything the surgery fixed, she quickly changed her mind that pain was the only problem I had.

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