Will my Army 3 year AD ROTC Scholarship be revoked if I do not commission by age 31?


May 28, 2016
“For an ROTC scholarship, you cannot turn 31 by the end of the year in which you commission. This is Federal law and non-waiverable.”

I am 26 year old Freshman, and studying mechanical engineering. It is an intensive degree that apparently normally takes 5 years to complete. If I take summer classes, I will technically have 18 quarters (more than 5 regular academic years) to finish it. I turn 31 in May 2021.

I have to talk to an Engineering Advisor to see if there are conflicts in my schedule that would prevent graduating in time. There is a degree of possibility to this. Not all classes are offered in the summer. My schedule looks good on paper so far, but I don't know what times of day these required classes fall, or potentially conflict on.

Will the scholarship be revoked as soon as they find out there is even a remote possibility I can't finish it in time, or will I simply be required to repay the scholarship? I am kind of confused as to why I was awarded this scholarship in the first place, if this hadn't yet been taken into consideration. How can this black and white age rule be applied to something that isn't even set in stone yet? Will I be given the benefit of the doubt here? Is there anything else I can do on my end?

Regardless of the outcome, I am grateful to have the opportunity to commission as an Officer and looking forward to serving. Thank you for your assistance.
I can't answer re: the scholarship revocation, but which is more important to you? Becoming an Army officer, or having a degree in mechanical engineering? Do you plan to go reserves and therefore utilize your degree as a civilian?
+1 @Jcc123

In other words, it might be prudent to consider changing to a major (with Cadre's permission) with a more certain outcome.
Talk to your cadre. I'm sure they are aware of your situation and realize you will be close to the age when you commission.
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Roger. Thank you for your replies. I prefer to go active duty, but there is no guarantee of that. I already have construction experience, and I already have valuable skilled trade experience that would be augmented tremendously by a mechanical engineering degree. The Army is in need of STEM majors, and I believe I would be of better service to the Army (and myself for that matter) with this major. I don't see a good reason to change majors to avoid losing the scholarship.