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Army ROTC FAQ

Army ROTC FAQ

For Everyone

Who do I talk to about joining ROTC?

Do I have to be in a specific major to join ROTC?

If i'm going to graduate in more than four years, can I still do ROTC?

What does an enrolled cadet mean?

What does a contracted cadet mean?

What do I need to do to contract?

What is a 104-R Form and why do I have to fill one out?

What is a 139-R Form and why do I have to fill one out?

What is DODMERB?

How do I schedule a DODMERB?

What is an Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)?

What are the financial benefits of an Army ROTC Scholarship?

What is Accessions?

How do I get Active Duty?

What is a Guarenteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) contract?

If i'm in the National Guard can I do ROTC (SMP Program)?

What kinds of things are done in classes?

What kinds of things are done at labs?

What is a Field Training Exercise (FTX)?

Can I participate in sports and do ROTC?

If i'm not interested in doing ROTC can I still participate in PT?

If i'm not interested in doing ROTC can I still get a Military Science minor?

For High School Juniors and Seniors

How can ROTC at the College at Brockport help me?

What are the advantages to enrolling/contracting in ROTC?

What do I need to contract?

What is "contract ready"?

Why should I choose the College at Brockport over other schools?

For College Students

If i'm interested in trying ROTC can I come see what you do?

If i missed one or more semesters of ROTC can i still join?

Will joining ROTC interfere with studying for my classes?

For Nurses

Why should I join ROTC if i'm a Nurse, i'm busy enough!?

What are the benefits to being a Nurse in the Army?

Are there separate scholarships for Nurses?

Will ROTC interfere with my clinicals?

 

 

 

Q: Who do i talk to about joining ROTC?

A: You should speak to our Enrollment Officer, Major Dan Fletcher at: (585) 395-2769 or email him at Dfletche@brockport.edu. Also he's on facebook and checks it everyday.

Q: Do I have to be in a specific major to join ROTC?

A: No, in ROTC your major does not affect you entering the military. However your major may effect when you can commission and how long you will take to complete college when you add in your military science classes.

Q: If i'm going to graduate in more than four years, can I still do ROTC?

A: Yes! When you enter ROTC you will fill out a form called a 104-R, so we will know exactly when you will graduate when you begin ROTC and avoid any issues.

Q: What does enrolled cadet mean?

A: An enrolled cadet is a person who has filled out an enrollment packet an all the necessary documents. It allows a cadet to take the lab portion of ROTC and to try out ROTC without a military obligation.

Q: What does contracted cadet mean?

A: A contracted cadet is a person who has completed the enrollment packet, finished and passed all the necessary contracting requirements (see our answer to: Contracting requirements for more information on the subject), signed the Army ROTC contract, and been swore in by our Commander.

Q: What do I need to contract?

A: To contract you need to complete:

  1. - At least a 2.5 Overall GPA
  2. - Professor of Military Science Interview
  3. - Surpass the peers competiting against you for the scholarship in GPA, PT schore, and desire to contract.

Q: What is a 104-R Form and why do I have to fill one out?

A: A 104-R Form is a standard Cadet Command Form that plans out all the remaining academic semesters in college for you and your instructors. The form allows us to place you in the correct ROTC academic track and also helps you plan your future semesters in college to meet all your graduating needs.Click here for an example of a 104-R.

Q: What is a 139-R Form and why do I have to fill one out?

A: The purpose of a 139-R Form is to allow the ROTC instructors to determine the eligibility of everyone enrolling in ROTC. It ensures that everyone participating in lab has all the correct forms filled out and is fit to participate in lab.

Q: What is DODMERB?

A: DODMERB or Department of Defense Medical Examination and Review Board is the process by which ROTC uses to screen cadets and assess their medical eligibility to contract. DODMERB is designed to ensure that all the future officers ROTC Commissions are able to enter the US Army.

Q: How do I schedule a DODMERB?

A: In order to enter DODMERB, you first need to come speak to us and we will enter you into the DODMERB system and help you select a date to attend DODMERB. If you would like to speak to someone about starting a DODMERB email Major Dan Fletcher at Dfletche@brockport.edu.

Q: What is an Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)?

A: An Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is a 3 event fitness test to give yourself and your commanders an evaluation on your level of fitnes. The three events are: 2 minutes of timed pushups, 2 minutes of timed situps, and a timed 2 mile run.  In addition, each student will be required to meet the US Army height/weight standard.  For more information on the APFT please click here.

Q: What are the financial benefits of an Army ROTC Scholarship?

A: When you receive an Army ROTC Scholarship you will receive:

- Either payment of your Tuition every semester or payment for your Room and Board

- $600 every semester to pay for books (tax free)

- A tax free stipend every month during the semester starting at $250 your Freshman year and ending up at $500 your Senior year.

- For more information on scholarships, visit our scholarship page.

Q: What is Accessions?

A: Accessions is the process by which the US Army ranks every Cadet Commissioning in a certain year.Accession consists 40% of your GPA, 10% of your PT Scores, 20% of you LDAC evaluations, your Cadet Evaluation Report, and any clubs or activities you have done.Totaling that up will let the Army place you in a ladder ranking with all your fellow peers that will determine your branch and duty station.

Q: How do I get Active Duty?

A: In order to get Active Duty you need to get Accessed Active Duty by the Army. Also you can not have signed a Guarenteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) contract. On the Accessions ladder ranking there will be a cutoff at a certain number. All cadets above that number have been granted Active Duty and all below have been Accessed Reserve Duty.

Q: What is a Guarenteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Contract?

A: A GRFD Contract is an agreement between you and the Army guarenteeing that you will not get Active Duty. Your career choices are limited to the Army Reserve and the National Guard.

Q: If i'm in the National Guard, can I do ROTC? (SMP)

A: Yes! This is called the SMP (Simultaneous Membership Program). You will still be able to receive drill pay along with your cadet stipend and $600 a semester book money (if you are contracted). You will not be able to receive Room and Board payment, because you get a Tuition Waiver through the National Guard. For more information, click here.

Q: What kinds of things are done in ROTC classes?

A: In your Freshman year you will study Army rank structure, customs and courtisies, ethics, and values of the army. In your Sophomore year you will continue and refresh your knowledge of rank structure, begin learning about current operating environments and doctrine, learn land navigation on a military map, and get an introduction to Operations Orders. In your Junior year you focus on basic infantry tactics, a strong emphasis on operations orders, map land navigation and actual land navigation, garrison operations, and joint operations. The Senior year you will learn the about law of war, enhanced garrison operations, a heavy emphasis on planning and executing, military court martials, equal opportunity law, the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, the Army Writing Process, and how to conduct a military briefing and staff call.

Q: What kinds of things are done at lab?

A: During our leadership laps our Junior students will lead our Freshman and Sophomores in classes, supervised by our Cadre and Senior students. Classes include cold weather injuries, US Weapons, land navigation, drill and ceremony, and in STX Lanes, or practice infantry missions in the West Woods near the baseball field.

Q: What is an Field Training Exercise (FTX)?

A: An FTX is a four day training exercise done once a semester at a US Army post typically from Thursday to Sunday. On these exercises you will experience land navigation, an obsticle or confidence course, a Leaders Reaction Course (LRC), simulators on humvees or US Weapons, and STX lanes.

Q: Can I participate in sports and do ROTC?

A: Yes! We have several students currently contracted with us that do varsity level sports. You will meet with our instructors to ensure that your practice times fulfill your morning PT requirements.

Q: If i'm not interested in doing ROTC can I still take PT?

A: Yes, we have several non enrolled or contracted students taking our morning PT class. It is worth one credit and it can be repeated.

Q: If i'm not interested in ROTC can I still take the Military Science classes for a minor?

A: Yes, and we encourage you to do so. A Military Science minor will ensure that you are fimiliar with Army style leadership and make you much more marketable in the private sector. if you are interested in taking ROTC for a minor please contract Major Dan Fletcher at dfletche@brockport.edu .

Q: How can ROTC at the College At Brockport help me?

A: ROTC gives you a career once you exit college, puts you ahead of your peers in the job market, and gives you an opportunity to serve your nation as an officer in the US Army. Aside from that, serving in the military gives you points on the Civil Service Exam if you are looking for a government job, and training in whatever branch you choose.

Q: What are the advantages of enrolling/contracting in ROTC?

A: If you enroll in ROTC it gives you a chance to see our program and determine if this is something you are interested in persuing. If you contract in ROTC you will receive a Commission and exit college with a career, along with other financial benefits throughout college that will help you mitigate the costs associated with college. For a more detailed explanation of the financial benefits of ROTC click here.

Q: What is "contract ready"?

A: "Contract ready" refers to a cadet who has completed all the requirements to contract and is waiting to receive a scholarship from the Army. It helps both the ROTC department and you ensure you will receive a scholarship as quickly as possible. To seee a list of contracting requirements please click here.

Q: Why should I choose the College At Brockport over other schools?

A: Our ROTC program offers lots of individual time with our instructors that will ensure that you recieve the proper training and attention that all cadets deserve. Also the scholarship will cover many of the costs of the college that won't be possible at larger private schools.

Q: I'm interested in ROTC can I come see what you do?

A: Absolutely, and we encourage it. Not only can you drop by to watch a leadership lab, but you can enroll in ROTC with no military obligation to try out our program further to see if its something you're interested in.

Q: If I missed one or more semesters of ROTC can I still join?

A: Yes you can if you are not academically a junior. There are several ways to do this. Either by taking multiple ROTC classes in one semester or by attending our Leadership Training Course during your Sophomore and Junior summer.

Q: Will joining ROTC interfere with studying for other classes?

A: Not at all. The ROTC department understands that you are students first here and it is our policy. Futhermore we understand that some majors require a much larger time committment than others. Simply speaking to one of our instructors about the time issue should solve the problem.

Q: Why should I join ROTC if i'm a nurse, i'm busy enough!?!

A: We have many nurses in the ROTC program and we understand your large time committment. ROTC will work around your nursing schedule and your clinicals. Also ROTC offers several benefits for nurses such as getting all $1200 of your book money in one semester, and extra money for your uniforms and equipment.

Q: What are the benefits of being a nurse in the Army?

A: There are many benefits to being a nurse in the Army. As an Army nurse you are guarenteed to get hands on experience and you will have a position available to you, as opposed to looking for a position in the private sector. Also you will leader enlisted nurses and give you leadership experience for when you move into the private sector to make you a much more prospective candidate for jobs and put you ahead of your peers.

Q: Are there separate scholarships for nurses in the Army?

A: Yes there are. A nursing scholarship entitles you to extra benefits to cover the high costs of the nursing major. You will get all $1200 of your book money in one semester andrepayment for your uniforms and nursing equipment.

Q: Will ROTC interfere with my clinicals?

A: NO! ROTC understands the time committment involved with your clinics and we will work with you so you can Commission as a Second Lieutenant into the Army.

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Last Updated 1/24/13

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