Posted on Apr 4, 2019
SGT Richard H.
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My daughter is currently toward the end of her sophomore year at the University of Texas. She is meeting Monday 4/8 with an ROTC advisor to explore the possibility of joining ROTC on a scholarship program. Any advice on questions that a prospective cadet should ask during their first meeting?
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Second year Cadet here. Make sure she fully understands the commitment expected from her within the program as well as after graduation. Second, know how the nature of the scholarship works as there are many different kinds.

Another thing worth asking is how her entrance into the program will differ from others her age since she is coming in as a junior. It’s not a huge deal that she missed her first two years, but it may change her situation in regards to what military science classes and training she is required to complete. Having an enlisted father will definitely help her get caught up on basic army knowledge, which believe me many cadets are heavily lacking.

Every ROTC program is different so as for specific questions regarding U of T I can’t help you there.

Lastly, don’t worry about having it all figured out right away. From my experience ROTC is something you get more familiar with as you go along. It’s a very different environment compared to the enlisted world which definitely took some getting used to for me. As long as she knows what she’s getting into she’ll be fine in the long run.
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SGT Richard H.
SGT Richard H.
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As far as being behind other Juniors, that looks to be fairly common. Coming in midway, they have to take "Cadet Initial Entry Training" to catch them up.
https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/courses-and-colleges/curriculum/cadet-initial-entry-training.html
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LTC Stephen C.
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Nicely done, SPC (Join to see).
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I can also put her in touch with folks that have done UT ROTC
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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Treat it like a job interview. Do research on the Company you want to join (Army). Figure out what position you want (Branch and Component). Ask about duties, pay and benefits, expectations. Be prepared to explain how you fit into the corporate (Army) structure, and what you, personally, can provide to the company. Based on your research, clarify any misconceptions or things you are unsure of. Make sure there are no "hidden agendas." And (probably most importantly) BE PREPARED TO WALK AWAY IF IT IS NOT A GOOD FIT. Be calm, composed, and confident.
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