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What is NROTC like in college?

I have an interest in temporarily joining the military after college. I also want to go to law school at some point. #college #military #law #navy


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Dwight’s Answer

I attended the US Coast Guard Academy, but I know a bit about ROTC programs. Usually you volunteer at the end of your freshman or sophmore year and you are sworn in to the ROTC service you choose. You do some kind of basic training, get uniforms, and then go back to college with the military paying your tuition bills - you have to meet certain standards to stay in the program. You also obligate yourself to serve for a certain number of years after graduate to pay back your tuition. You may also have some training requirements during the school year or during the summers, depending on your program. Once you graduate, you receive a reserve commission as an officer and either go into full-time active duty service or into the Reserves where you do weekend duty once a month and two-weeks during the summer with the chance of being recalled to active duty if there is a crisis.
If you go full time, you get the full pay and benefits that match your rank. You must usually be available for world-wide assignment.
If you want to go to law school, for many services you could apply after you've been commissioned for a few years and if selected (its a very selective process, so you've got to have a really good record), you would attend a civilian law school while also getting your military pay - its a great deal. For each year of law school, you usually owe 2-3 years of service. Many services actually look to hire people after law school once they've passed the bar and sometimes they can come in as an O-2 or O-3 and don't have to start as an O-1.
I suggest you call your local recruiter and see what they can tell you.
Check out the Coast Guard Academy, too. It's the smallest of the services academies and does not require a Congressional appointment.

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Sergio’s Answer

Hello Olivia, I earned my commission through a Navy ROTC program at Old Dominion University (Virginia) and I loved it. I really think that it was essential to my college success, because it gave me an immediate group of friends who were all going through the things I was going through. We formed immediate and lasting friendships that helped me form study groups and have friends to pass the time with between classes.

With respect to your goal to be a lawyer, I recommend the following website: https://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/opportunities_da.html
This will give you a step by step process on how to become a Navy lawyer, which will give you experience and possibly allow you to merge these two careers into one (Naval officer and lawyer). I am not a lawyer myself, but I have worked with many during my naval career. They are always busy, but they all seem very satisfied with their career choices and they promote fairly quickly.

I hope this helps.

Sergio recommends the following next steps:

Research the following website: https://www.jag.navy.mil/careers_/careers/opportunities_da.html

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Yusef’s Answer

Students who attend college on ROTC scholarships have the exact same college experience as non-ROTC college students, with just a few exceptions. ROTC students wear an Army uniform one day a week, on the day they attend “drill” (which usually takes about three hours), and ROTC students take one ROTC class and one ROTC lab per term. These classes “involve hands-on fieldwork as well as classroom work,” but at the same time they are “standard college classes that fit into a normal academic schedule.” In addition, ROTC students usually get up very early at least three days a week to participate in Physical Training (PT). If this is for you please go for it.

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