(From Col. Ron Rose, ROTC instructor, Grayson High School)
- Serving our country as a military officer is an honorable profession after college. Below are comments regarding ROTC scholarships and/or a Service Academy.
There are two primary ways to become an officer. 1. ROTC in college. - Students apply to the college of their choice and join ROTC when they are admitted. ROTC Scholarships (2, 3, and 4-yr scholarships) provide students a way to pay for their college degree. 2. Military Service Academy (West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy). - Students apply to a Service Academy and must obtain an 'nomination' from their congressman. When candidates are officially accepted to a Service Academy it is called an 'appointment'. The service academy education and room/board is free.
Comments: 1. Scholarships and Service Academy appointments focus on three areas: Scholar, Athlete, and Leader. 2. A good candidate has the ability and determination to follow the application process. 3. Students should review the application process and formulate a plan during Christmas break of their Junior Year. 4. SCHOLAR - 3.6 GPA or higher is the goal. Study and sign up for the SAT early. Take SAT twice if possible. 5. ATHLETE - A large majority have earned a Letter in a Varsity sport. Score high on Physical Fitness Test. 6. LEADER - Must serve in a leadership role in high school 7. High GPA is the most difficult. Junior Year is hard....focus on your grades and your goal. Do not give up. 8. Visit the colleges you apply to. Contact the ROTC Department. 9. Army ROTC scholarship applicants must have an interview with an ROTC Professor of Military Science to complete the packet. The most competitive students have completed the application process in September of their Senior year. 10. Service Academy appointments generally are for the top students....near 4.0 GPA....Athlete....Leader. Candidates must know and follow the application steps on time! Apply for summer camp by JAN of junior year....attend camp between junior and senior year. You must have a nomination from a congressman/senator. Candidates interview with the congressman's Service Academy Committee as the final step in November of their senior year. Many steps and very competitive before you get to the interview. (Service Academy applicants must (should) also apply to colleges and the ROTC Scholarship)
- I am available at any time to assist those students that are interested in becoming an officer in the military. - Note: Students can enroll in college ROTC and be commissioned as on officer without a scholarship. Respectfully, Ron Rose Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) Senior Army Instructor JROTC Department Grayson High School 770-554-1087 www.graysonjrotc.com