Enlist/ Active Duty
The student would begin this process by speaking with a recruiter. Following that, a physical and vocational aptitude test would be given to determine if the student qualifies for military and the best suited career type while in the military. Typical time commitment is 4-5 years. Students enlisted in the military are usually not attending college after high school but do receive educational benefits that they can use after their time in the military or even possibly during their enlistment.
ROTC stands for Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) and is a college program that trains students to become officers in the military. There are college scholarships associated with the ROTC programs. The most common ROTC scholarship allows a student to participate in the ROTC program for the first two years of college without a monetary incentive and then have the option to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course. If the student chooses to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course, they are obligated to serve time with the military. There are also four year ROTC scholarships, which also require the student to serve in the military after graduation from college.
A military academy is a four year college. Students attending one of these schools receive a full four-year scholarship that is valued at more than $350,000 (tuition, room and board, medical and dental care and a monthly salary) Students are required to fulfill an obligation to the military upon graduation. The admissions process for military academies is quite extensive. Students interested in this option need to begin researching the application process in the sophomore year of high school. Selection at the military academies is based on scholastic achievements, involvement in school and community activities, leadership achievements and athletic achievements. Students are also required to obtain a congressional or presidential/military nomination to be considered.
Financial Aid for Military Servicemembers
With the addition of the Post 9/11 Bill, financial aid opportunities for veterans and active duty military students have increased tremendously. Unfortunately, navigating the complex financial aid system remains difficult and time consuming, causing many students to lose out on valuable financial help. To bridge this gap our team has created a financial aid guide for military servicemembers and their families.
Our guide covers three of the most critical issues for students:
- A handpicked list of 70+ scholarships for veterans and active duty servicemembers
- How to fill out FAFSA as a veteran and maximize your federal financial aid package
- A breakdown of the most common benefits available to veterans
General Military Websites
Army ROTC: www.goarmy.com/rotc
March to Success
March to Success is a FREE website providing users over 13 years old access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests such as state exit exams, college entrance exams, military entrance exam (ASVAB) and others. It includes information to help students with the entire college application process. This information includes guides to admissions, financial aid and scholarships, and a planning guide to walk you through the details of applying to and being accepted at college. Find out more at www.march2success.com/main/home
United States Naval Academy: www.usna.edu (There is no specific Marine Military Academy)