College Major and the Scholarship

March 25th, 2021

A scholarship candidate's choice of major can greatly influence the chances of getting selected for an ROTC scholarship.   This episode will cover not just how to fashion the selection of major to maximize scholarship chances, but also how the choice of major impacts the time in ROTC as well as career direction.

Air Force ROTC Highly Desired Majors

Navy ROTC Tier I and II Majors

Medical School and ROTC

February 22nd, 2021

ROTC is an excellent avenue to eventually become a doctor in the military. An ROTC scholarship, combined with a medical school scholarship or loan forgiveness, can potentially mean zero out of pocket expenses after the conclusion of medical school.

The routes are different for each military service and more probable for the Army than the Air Force or Navy. This episode will go over the ways you can become a doctor through the Army, Air Force, and Navy.

Law School and ROTC

February 9th, 2021

ROTC and Army ROTC in particular is an excellent avenue to eventually become a lawyer in the military. This episode will address how to navigate the route of attending law school immediately following an undergraduate program and commissioning as a second lieutenant in the Army or Air Force.

Which College ROTC Programs are the “Best?”

January 26th, 2021

Often when we advise candidates and their parents on ROTC programs, we are asked the question if a particular ROTC is “good” or not? Will one particular ROTC program be a better place to be a cadet or midshipman than another school?  This episode will attempt to answer this question.


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.

Room and Board Match to the ROTC Scholarship and other 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, Navy and Air Force ROTC Incentives

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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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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