MIL What is ROTC like?

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  1. Casino

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    My parent's won't let me join the Army now, so I think I'm going to do ROTC in college and do the Army afterwards.

    I read a little bit about it on the Army website, but can someone give me their view on it and what they did and how they liked it? Do some schools offer better ROTC programs then others? I'm probably going to go to a small catholic college (Mount Saint Mary's University).
     
  2. shiba

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    The first two years of ROTC is pretty much a long drawn out version of the first two weeks of basic training. You learn basic soldier skills and all there is to know about the army and army values. Depending on your program, you might go further ahead and learn how to write OPORDs, and basic army leadership procedures. The third year is all about getting you ready for LDAC which is just a month long summer camp.

    I had a pretty good time in ROTC. Its just annoying as hell waking up at 6 in the morning for PT and having to form your schedules around the ROTC class.
     
  3. Immortal1

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    I currently attend the birthplace of R.O.T.C, Norwich University, and I'm a MSIII. ROTC programs will be similar no matter where you go and I also agree with shiba's comment on the first two years being drawn out. I never attended basic but have plenty of friends who have.

    Moving on, I don't know how other schools do it but my freshmen year we had this FTX where we were conducting raids and gathering "food" in the process. The food turned out to be live chickens and we had to bring them back to our PB later on, this was like 0100 as I recall, and decapitate/skin the fuckers. Quite the interesting experience when my friend assumed the position, holding the chicken's legs while its neck was under a stick, which you held down with your feet...well anyways you're supposed to pull up on the legs rapidly and the neck just kinda seperates from the body. That did not happen and this chicken starts freaking out so my other pal proceeds to saw its head off.

    Good times, although this year the freshman got to kill pigs.

    We also have one special forces MSgt. or officer per MS level. I really enjoy hearing their stories and various tips. I assume not every school has SF as part of their cadre staff.

    As far as the classroom aspect, this year we meet 3 times a week and it counts as a 3 credit A if you're not a doof so I enjoy that aspect. Some of it is boring but they try to stress various skills or tasks in class and then let you implement them in the field.

    You will have the opportunity to break out of the often boring and unrealistic Cadetland your sophomore year and attend schools like Airborne, Air Assault, or even Robin Sage. Junior year you will attend Warrior Forge which is about 33 days and serves as your evaluation. In addition, you can also grab a CTLT spot and get some real experience that summer as well.

    Ahh, I kinda went all over the place with that so if you have any specific questions lemme know. Start working on your pushups, situps, and run time now. Also get on the horn now and try to get a 4 year scholarship. I know plenty of kids, myself included, who didn't apply while still in highschool who missed out. I hold a 3yr scholarship and will have to serve 4yrs active and 4 reserve. The kicker is that even if you get a one year scholarship you will owe the same amount of time as the kid who had all 4 years paid off. Food for thought...
     
  4. shiba

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    Yeah, the programs are different depending on where you go. Some places are better equipped than others, and some have better Cadre. For example, we never had to kill chickens or pigs in our last ftx, we had burger king....
     
  5. I'm in Maryland and I can tell you one of the best places to do ROTC in our area is at Johns Hopkins University. Blue Jay Battalion is pretty well equipped and pretty fun. It is a welcome enviornment for new cadets and the cadre is top notch.

    I don't know much about Mt. St. Mary's besides its a tiny campus in the middle of no where. I went there for baseball camp. But there is a restaurant down the road that makes awesome pie haha.
     
  6. MumblingJoe169

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    :rofl: same here
    or the fact that his ROTC program is in a military school :rofl: :ugh:

    most normal rotc programs are about the same. some might do a little more or less, but i realized at LDAC that even cadets from the citadel had no advantage over me.
     
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    ROTC varies from school to school, some are better than others but over all its not to bad, however, you will be busier than most other college students, and if you work while your in school you're going to be going crazy at times, just with all the shit you have to do ontop of classes. but still its very doable

    on a lighter note you will be an officer when its all said and done
     
  8. Yes I forgot to say this. I do ROTC with PT M-W-F at 7AM, ROTC class on Thursday from like 11am-8pm, 16 credits this semester, and I work on campus at the police station. I have found no time for myself this semester honestly and we're only 3 or 4 weeks in. But it does make time fly.
     
  9. nietsni3

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    not that again. i remember his thread in the main forum.
    since you are not responsible if something happens to him, which is against his parents' wish, dont provoke him about the parents stuff.
     
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    :werd:
    if my parents didn't let me join like they did when i was 17, I would have just waitied a month and enlisted when i was 18
     
  11. nietsni3

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    nah I am talking about something else.
    whether joining the army is good for him or not is a different matter, the point is that you are urging him to do something that you are not responsible for, against the wish of someone who is actually responsible for him. your advice to him may be totally beneficial for his life, but those advices would be very annoying at this point because you are acting like an outsider trying to interfere with someone's family.
     
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  12. nietsni3

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    let me make this analogy:
    your kid: i am thinking about smoking crack but not sure my dad will let me.
    his friend: dude, are you living in life based on your parents' opinion? dude you are 17! forget your parents!.

    can you really blame his friend? no, his advice is absolutely right. but does it come at the right time? and do you want to kill his friend upon hearing that conversion? you tell me.
     
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    this is the most retarded comparison i've ever heard. Joining the military is akin to smokin some crack huh :ugh: moron. Learn to make up an analogy.

    Tehking is right. if you can't make your own decisions in life your gonna have a tough time in the military. Now maybe if you wanted to defend him by saying that he could still be living at home during college and his parents would make him move out, now thats a better arguement. But please take that 3rd grade logic out of here.
     
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    :nono: smoking crack and joining the guard are the same thing. Joining ROTC is more like doing a line of blow off a dead hookers ass.
     
  15. nietsni3

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    :ugh:
    did i compare smoking crack with ROTC? you obviously missed his thread in OT. he wanna enlist in the Army and go to iraq to fight but not sure his parents will let him (he's under 18). obviously in many parents' point of view, that's even worse than letting their son smoke crack. that s what i am talking about. apparently they didnt agree to sign his enlistment paper .

    so now if you provoke him about the parents, he may decide to wait one more year to enlist (and might get killed in iraq), which would make you an eyesore to his parents because you are interfering with their family. i'm just reminding you to be aware of how much your advice to him at this point may annoy some certain people. you dont have to agree with me because it's not an argument.
     
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  16. Casino

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    I'm 17, I can't make my own decision about joining the military. I asked my parents and they said absolutely not and won't change their mind. I don't turn 18 until college starts so I might as well try it out and see if I like it. If I don't, I can always just drop out and join the army, but I'm 100% positive I'm joining after college if not sooner.
     
  17. bassjunky

    bassjunky I'm baaaaa-ack!

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    OMGoodness. An ROTC thread and not one post from Nixy. What gives?
     

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