Be Proactive

The 2009 – 2010 Army ROTC scholarship process is winding down, and I just wanted to comment on the aftermath. This years process involved almost 9000 applicants. The requirements were for the applicant to submit an application, submit transcripts and standardized test scores, and conduct an interview, and take a PT test. This year they postponed the DODMERB Physical until after the offer was made, which is creating some issues. So, how did the successful applicants get their offers, and what caused other applicants to be over looked.

Maintaining communications

As I look at the discussion boards and I read posts from applicants complaining about not hearing from Cadet Command and it makes me wonder. If those applicants had contacted one of the schools on their list and worked with the enrollemnt officer they wouldn’t be complaining. If they had made sure that they weren’t missing emails from enrollemnt officer’s that ended up in their spam folders they wouldn’t be complaining. If they had made a followup call, or sent an email when they faxed in their information they wouldn’t be complaining. If they had double checked with their guidance counselor to make sure their transcripts got sent in they wouldn’t be complaining. There were some issues with the applicant website and timely updates, but a good enrollment officer at one of the schools should have been able to verify that an interview was posted, or scores were receive. In fact, if you are applying next year, and you want to know what your status is, don’t hesitate to call or email me. I may try to convince you to come to the Golden Knight Battalion, but I’ll also tell you whether all your stuff is in.

Start Early

Some applicants had 5 opportunities to be considered for a scholarship. Some waited until the deadline and had one chance. The first board met in October, and some applicant knew they were going to school for free by Christmas. This also gave them the opportunity to apply early decision, which helped them get accepted to their school of choice. It also allowed us to start the DODMERB process earlier and overcome medical issues the popped up. Next year there will be 3 boards, and the first will meet in the October time frame. If you have taken your SAT’s and are a rising Senior you should be starting your application online now at www.armyrotc.com

Complete your application

I looked at the application of one of my applicants who didn’t get an offer and noticed that he had no points in his whole person score for athlete.  The application generates a Scholar/Athlete/Leader (SAL) score based on the information in your application.  This applicant was the captain of his football team, played basketball, and plans to play football in college, but that information didn’t get into his application.  He won’t have a scholarship, and probably won’t participate in ROTC. When you prepare your application do it on line. Don’t count on Cadet Command to input your information from a paper application into the computer accurately. Apply online! In fact I believe this year you will have to apply online. When you apply online make sure you annotate all your scholar/athlete/leader attributes. You have two places on the application where you can add narrative, your personal statement and addition SAL attributes. Use these opportunities to talk about why you want to be an officer, and what makes you qualified to receive the scholarship. Too many applicants don’t put this information in.

Put some thought into what schools you list

I have seen lists of 15 schools on an application. You will not receive offers to all of them. I believe the policy this year was that a scholarship winner would receive an offer for a scholarship to the first 5 schools on their list that had allocations. This year each school was limited in how many offers could be made for their school.  Popular schools, expensive schools, and small programs were out of allocations early in the process.  Allocations opened up late in the process as people were medically disqualified, accepted academy slots, or chose other options.  Applicants  may have not received an offer to the school they really wanted to go to.  they may not have received an offer to the school they were accepted to.  Again, one of the keys was to be in contact with recruiting officers.  You can help you get accepted.  They can advise you on your likelihood of getting an offer.  They can suggest some alternatives.  They, along with the Professor of Military Science will determine whether you are eligible and competitive for campus based scholarships that they control.

Hope this information helps

Need to get this post up…more hints to follow in the future…stay tuned.

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5 Responses

  1. Sir,
    Out of those 9000 Applicants, do you know how many got national scholarships?

    • Here is my analysis based on what I can see…bear in mind that Cadet Command has been slow in updating what Battalions can see. But the data is probably pretty close to reality.
      8893 applications in our system
      2725 offers
      504 alt offers
      4951 Interviewee
      693 Ineligibles
      20 Eligibles
      Not sure what the breakdown of offers and alt offers is relative to national vs. campus based. I also just noticed that withdrawn offers still show as offers in the big spreadsheet, so only the individuals schools see the “withdraw”. Suffice it to say about 3 3200 applicants have received offers. Can’t tell how many actually accepted. Ineligibles are usually the result of test scores that are too low or other issues of basic eligibility. Interviewees are usually applicants that have submitted test scores and transcripts and have received instructions to complete an interview and PT test. Looks like they stopped identifying applicants as eligible. So, that’s my breakdown of the process so far with what I can see.

      Bottom line…more competitive and less scholarships. Also, lots of people who may or may not have completed the process (all those interviewees).

  2. Major Toth,
    You are 100% right about maintaining communications. I have called the Battalion so many times during the application process, that I have lost count.

    Thank you for helping me through the process!!!

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