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The AFROTC interview, worth upwards of 40% of the AFROTC scholarship score, can be extremely intimidating for students, especially those who have little to no interview experience. In this episode, we play 5 examples of interview responses that students have given and discuss what makes them good (or bad) and how they could be improved. If you want…
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We are pleased to announce that former Auburn University Professor of Naval Science, Captain (U.S. Navy, Retired) Matthew Roberts, will be joining our team as our Navy and Marine Corps ROTC expert. In this episode, we introduce Captain Roberts and obtain his insight on Navy ROTC and the scholarship process.…
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In today's episode, we cover a great way to develop military propensity and discipline - Danielle Stolz and Patrick Nasdeo, both leaders within the Sea Cadets program join us to talk about the opportunities for young Sea Cadets in the middle school and high school programs. If you are interested in joining Sea Cadets, you can find a unit near you h…
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In today's show, we welcome Colonel Joseph Forester, a retired Air Force veteran and allergist, to discuss allergies and DoDMERB disqualifications. Service Academy and ROTC scholarship candidates must be DoDMERB qualified (or waived) in order to participate in these programs. One of the most common medical issues we see in candidates is an allergy …
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Today we sit down with Vinny Madera, a renowned SAT tutor with a track record of helping students significantly boost their SAT scores. Dive deep into the world of SAT math as Vinny shares tips, strategies, and insights to conquer this critical section of the test. Whether you're just starting your SAT journey or looking for those extra points to p…
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In this episode, we sit down with ACT Math Specialist Tony Miglio to delve into the intricate world of ACT Math preparation. Tony shares his insights and methods for success, with a particular emphasis on his specialized calculator course. If you're a high school student eyeing an ROTC scholarship or a parent keen to help your child succeed, you'll…
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9th and 10th grade students who aspire to win an ROTC Scholarship can start preparing themselves early by focusing on academics, sports, leadership, and character development. By studying hard, joining sports teams, participating in scouting programs or other local clubs, volunteering in community service, and reflecting on ethical issues, students…
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The Whole Person Concept is a holistic approach to evaluating candidates for ROTC scholarships. It means that scholarship boards take into consideration not just a candidate’s academic achievements and physical abilities, but also their character, leadership potential, and overall fit for military service. In this episode, the hosts discuss this co…
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One of the more stressful aspects of qualifying for a ROTC Scholarship or Service Academy appointment is clearing the medical qualification process. In this episode, we talk about why candidates are disqualified from DODMERB and the steps you can take to obtain a waiver. DODMERB Medical History Survey Questions DOD Instruction 6130.03. Medical Stan…
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The United States Space Force is a separate and distinct branch of the armed services, organized under the Department of the Air Force in a manner very similar to how the Marine Corps is organized under the Department of the Navy. In this episode, the hosts talk to an Air Force Academy graduate and current lieutenant in the U.S. Space Force. We cov…
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High school students and their parents often believe that if they don't start an ROTC application by October that the chances of a scholarship are low. However, that is the furthest thing from the truth. Most ROTC scholarships are awarded after the first of the year and applying later in November and December can actually be an advantage! In this e…
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We are excited to announce our new premium podcast episodes. We have taken the best bits from our previous podcasts and consolidated them--adding additional material that we am sure will be of interest to you. The areas we cover on our premium podcast episodes include interview preparation, the DODMERB physical, insights into ROTC scholarship board…
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2020-2021 was not a good year for Air Force ROTC--either with their scholarship process or their management of AS200 (second year) cadets. This episode looks at what happened and the impact it had on both these groups and the subsequent erosion of confidence in Air Force ROTC processes. Washington Post Article "'We cut too deep': Air Force reinstat…
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Many people know what the words Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor and Integrity mean. But how often do you see someone actually live up to them? Military officers must embody these values in order to succeed and be the best leaders for their subordinates. Those who read your essays or interview you for an Academy appointment or ROTC scholarshi…
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In this episode, we will tackle two topics: 1. The likelihood of having a Special Operations assignment after ROTC and the whether such a goal should be mentioned in your ROTC interview. 2. ROTC and participation in Intercollegiate athletics. Whether this is an obtainable objective or not.Por Robert Kirkland
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The time between getting an ROTC scholarship and starting your program in the fall should be used productively to get off to a good start when you arrive on campus. Make the best use of your time now before you come onto campus in the fall to be the best ROTC cadet or midshipman you can be. This episode gives you five tips to accomplish this.…
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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 N…
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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 …
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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 …
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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 th…
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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. Show Notes Show Transcrip…
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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. Show Notes Show Transcript…
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There are similarities and differences between ROTC scholarship applications and the process of applying to the U.S. Service Academies. Lisa Hillhouse of Hillhouse College Advising discusses with the host how you can successfully navigate both processes and receive an ROTC scholarship as well as a Service Academy appointment. Show Notes Show Transc…
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The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program provides youth from ages 12 and up with training in aerospace education, leadership and physical fitness. The experience in Civil Air Patrol enhances ones "propensity for the military" and can help applicants obtain an ROTC scholarship as well as better prepare them for life in ROTC. This episode is an interview w…
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An applicant's parent or guardian can have a vital role in the ROTC scholarship process. In this episode, LTC Kirkland has a conversation with a parent whose son was awarded both an Army and Navy-Marine Corps Option ROTC Scholarship. This parent gives a number of recommendations on what fellow parents can do to help their son or daughter win an ROT…
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