You’ve won an ROTC Scholarship! Now what?

December 2nd, 2020

Congratulations on winning an ROTC scholarship!   Now what do you do?  After you have received notice of the award, there are number of considerations or actions a candidate must weigh (or take) after notification.   In this podcast, we look at actionable steps in order to reach your specific goals.

Athlete and Leader Activities

November 19th, 2020

The three pillars of a successful ROTC applicant is to have strong Scholar, Athlete, and Leader credentials.  In this episode, we talk about the Athlete and Leader activities that will make you stand out to ROTC and help you win a scholarship.

ROTC School Specific Incentives

October 7th, 2020

Individual schools who sponsor ROTC on their campuses often give additional monetary incentives for students who are on an ROTC scholarship.  This episode will discuss these incentives which include room and board, first-year tuition waivers, and in state recognition for out of state students.  These incentives can save families thousands of dollars a year from the cost of attending college.

Army ROTC Incentives List (for purchase)

Navy ROTC Incentives List (for purchase)

Air Force ROTC Incentives List (for purchase)

Seven Essential ROTC Video Interview Techniques

September 15th, 2020

It is likely that for many ROTC applicants, the candidate interview will be conducted via videoconferencing technology such as Zoom or Skype rather than in person this year (2020). This presents opportunities for those candidates who are prepared for their video interview and are able to leverage the one major advantage that videoconferencing has over an in-person interview. 

In this episode, we’ll look at seven key tips a candidate should concentrate on as they prepare for their video interview.

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ROTC Program Visits and Field Trips

September 2nd, 2020

Visiting ROTC programs and planning informational "field trips" to National Guard or Reserve military units can help applicants build their knowledge of both ROTC and the military.  This episode is an interview with a parent whose son won an Army ROTC and Navy ROTC-Marine Corps option scholarship.  One of the ways this applicant was successful was through conducting these informational visits.  

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Top Nine Questions to Ask (and Avoid Asking) at an ROTC Interview

August 10th, 2020

At the end of most ROTC interviews, the interviewer will ask if the candidate has any questions of him or her.  This presents the candidate with the opportunity to ask excellent questions that can enhance interview scoring.  This episode looks at nine great questions to ask (and not to ask) at these interviews.


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Observations of an Army ROTC Board Member

July 29th, 2020

The Army ROTC Board Score counts for 25% of the overall selection for a scholarship.   The board meets three times a year and awards a score for each candidate based on their overall file. This episode addresses how these boards operate and what parts of the candidate file have the greatest impact on the board score. 

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The Army ROTC CBEF or Psychological Survey

July 8th, 2020

The Army ROTC CBEF- the Civilian Background Experience Form-- is a psychological survey given by Army ROTC that counts for 18% of the overall evaluation in awarding the Army ROTC scholarship to high school applicants. It is now also given by West Point in their admissions process (although it does not count at the moment in their whole person score). In this episode, the host discusses the CBEF in detail and what it is designed to measure.

Army Research Institute CBEF Study 2019

Gain Service Academy Admission Consulting Website

ROTC Scholarship Consulting Website

The Army Early Commissioning Program (ECP)

June 30th, 2020

In this episode LTC Kirkland talks about the Army Early Commissioning Program (ECP) with former Army Captain John Vandivere, who attended Wentworth Military Academy as an ECP cadet.  Rob talks to John about his perspective on the ECP and advice he would give those who are considering the ECP route to become an Army officer.

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The Army ROTC Nursing Program and the Public/Private School Question

June 16th, 2020

This podcast discusses two different topics. The first being Army ROTC Nursing and nursing scholarships. LTC Kirkland talks to a current Army ROTC nursing cadet to get her background and perspective on this program.  The final 15 minutes addresses the public versus private college choice and the ROTC scholarship.

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