I have my NROTC officer interview on Monday morning and I have been reading up on tons of other applicants’ questions and advice. Is there anything that the fine folks of r/navy can offer me in terms of what to expect, bring along, say, or know? Any and all help is much appreciated! Thanks lisbdnet.com!
So I had my interview. It went really well!!! I said “Motherfucker” and they respected me for it. Actually walked away with a medal, too! Obviously not, but the interview actually went very well. The Lt. was very enthusiastic in expressing how impressed he was with my SAT and transcripts and whatnot. Even went so far as to say that he would have no problem serving with me and that I’d make a fine officer. I managed to get a peek at the evaluation form he was filling out and I noticed that he had marked all 5s on the rubric-like portion except for one column, which was a 4. So that makes me feel that he wasn’t just saying that stuff for funsies. Thanks so much for your advice though, it was very helpful!
That’s because 90% of people joining NROTC are doing it for college tuition. That’s not exactly the best thing to say in an interview. It’s easy to be idealistic about peoples’ reasons for joining the military when you’re 25 and have a college degree/career, but an 18 year old usually has his future as his #1 priority – rightfully so. The few people I saw who joined for other reasons generally turned out to not make it through the program. Maybe I had an unusual experience but I doubt it.
Prepare for your ROTC Scholarship Interview
Importance of the Army ROTC Scholarship Interview
The interview has its own point total of 200 points. It is also a key consideration of the Selection Board Score. The interview is worth about 30% of the overall consideration.
If you are selected as a scholarship finalist, you must contact an Army ROTC program of choice where you wish to have the interview conducted. Any travel to and from the interview will be at your own expense.
Based on time constraints the PMS may delegate the interview to a commissioned officer or a senior noncommissioned officer. Basically, the interview is used to:
- Determine the applicant‘s attitude toward military service.
- Objectively and impartially evaluate the personal characteristics of the applicant.
- Estimate the applicant‘s potential as an Army Officer.
- Explain all eligibility requirements for the Scholarship Program.
- Why do you want to be an Army officer? https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/success-stories.html.
- What officer branch/specialty are you interested in? Why? https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/careers.html and https://vbo.army.mil
- What do you know about Army ROTC? Why do you want to be an Army ROTC cadet? https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students/faq.html
- Do you know the challenges you will face in Army ROTC? https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students/faq.html
- Describe how you have led others in a project or goal.
- Describe a time that you failed. What happened and how did you overcome it?
- Describe a situation where you faced a moral or ethical challenge. What happened?
Great Question 1:
What are the things I can do from now until I come onto campus in the fall to better prepare myself to be an ROTC cadet in the program?
Why this is great:
First, it signals your intent to become a cadet and that you will be working over the next six to eight months into become even more prepared. One of the biggest issues ROTC cadre have when cadets come onto campus is that they are out of shape and cannot pass the physical fitness test and/or are overweight. By signaling that you will be hard at work preparing for the fall, it shows your interest and well as intent to enroll and succeed.
Great Question 2:
Can you tell me about how the ROTC order of merit or ranking works to determine what specialty you receive? I want to be a military intelligence officer…. a pilot…..a submariner.
Why this is great:
Again, it shows that you are planning to enroll in ROTC. Also, that you have researched the specialties within the military service and have an idea of what you want to do. ROTC order of merit is always on the mind of cadets in these programs and asking for an explanation of this process shows you know what is important to a cadet. It shows your overall knowledge.
Great Question 3:
I am very interested in summer training opportunities that ROTC provides. Can you tell me about some of these schools or trainings I can attend over the summer while I am out of school?
Why this is great:
Summer training is where ROTC cadets and midshipmen get their most dynamic and in-depth training without the distractions of school. Many of these opportunities are volunteer in nature and given only to the best ROTC students. By showing interest, you impress upon the interviewers that you want to be a top person in the program and go beyond the minimum training requirements.
Great Question 4:
What additional opportunities to do you have in ROTC outside of the mandatory classes and trainings? I have heard of your drill team…Ranger Challenge.. ect.
Similar to Question 3, it shows you want to go beyond the minimum and you will be involved and a standout ROTC student. Sometimes ROTC have a hard time filling their drill teams and other teams outside of the normal required activities. By showing interest in these “extra” programs, it shows that you will be a person who they will be able to count on to go the additional mile.
Great Question 5:
What are some of the challenges in balancing my time in ROTC with academics? I want to really get involved in ROTC but also understand that doing well academically is important.
Why this is great:
Shows you understand the number one challenge of ROTC students—balancing academics and ROTC. Obtaining a good GPA is important for keeping your scholarship but also ranking well on the order of merit—so you must find a way to be an excellent ROTC cadet/midshipman and a student.
Poor Question 6:
How long would I have to serve in the military after graduation?
While a valid question on the surface, this question may indicate that you are looking at doing the minimum after you graduate and become an officer. While your interviewer understands that many officers only do the required amount of service time, indicating so up front can prejudice your chances and indicate lack of desire for military service.
Poor Question 7:
How much does the scholarship pay for? What do I get with the scholarship?
Why this is poor:
Again, indicates that you are concentrating on the money and what the ROTC scholarship will give you rather than what you will give to the ROTC and the military.
Poor Question 8:
Will I deploy to a combat zone if I become an officer?
Why this is poor:
Of course, you are going to be put in harms way as an officer. First, this shows that you don’t know what the mission of the military is. Second, it shows to a degree that you are valuing your own concerns over the larger military mission and hints at selfishness
Poor Question 9:
What happens if I decide to drop out of ROTC after the first year? Do I have to repay my scholarship?
Why this is poor:
Self-explanatory–but one of the main things that ROTC interviewers are looking out for is candidate lack of persistence. Will he/she stick it out for the entire time? Is he/she in it just for the scholarship and the money? What is the candidate’s motivation for the scholarship? At a high-priced private school, a candidate dropping out after the first year normally does not need to repay the scholarship. That candidate who drops out, costs ROTC upwards of $50,000/year. A high cost to the military for a candidate who never intended to complete the program in the first place!
Having good questions to ask your interviewer at the ROTC interview is essential to having a great interview. It can be the icing on the cake of a great session or help save an interview that did not go as well as planned. Conversely, avoiding poor questions can serve not to damage your chances. Plan your questions ahead of time! Good luck with your interview and for your desire to serve as an officer in the military.
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How do I prepare for the NROTC interview?
- be yourself.
- convince the board or interviewer that you really want to lead sailors and/or marines.
- have an idea of what you wanna do in your naval/marine career.
- depending on the questions asked, tell the board about your leadership experiences that would be applicable to being an officer.
How long is an NROTC officer interview?
- Visit your local ROTC program well before your interview. …
- Do your due diligence. …
- Visit a local National Guard or Reserve unit. …
- Talk to a serving junior officer in the Service you are interested in. …
- Practice your ROTC interview. …
- Tell the interviewer what you did to become educated.
What questions should I ask about ROTC?