Here they are, the dates for this fall/winter’s board dates. If you are applying for a four year high school Army ROTC scholarship that will start in the fall of 2013 these are the dates you should pay attention to. If you are a high school student finishing up your junior year and going into senior year in the fall, these are your dates.
1st High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 1-Oct-12
1st High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 12-Oct-12
1st High School Selection Board 15-Oct-12
2nd High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 26-Dec-12
2nd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 4-Jan-13
2nd High School Selection Board 7-Jan-13
4-Year High School Application Deadline for SY 13-14 10-Jan-13
Final (3rd) HS Selection Board Deadline for Docs — Missing Items 28-Feb-13
3rd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 8-Mar-13
Final (3rd) High School Selection Board 11-Mar-13
So, what does all this mean. If you have a strong file you should be shooting to have your file complete by 1 October and reviewed by the first board.
Look at SAT/ACT dates. If you don’t do so well the first time you take those tests your second shot is usually some time shortly after the October board, so you should be shooting for the second board and submitting improved scores if your file isn’t strong. Here’s where you can get some help with those tests, use it.
If you wait until the second or third board your chances are diminished because there will obviously be less allocations available after each board.
As you go through the process make sure you read about all the components (this blog is a good source of information, if I do say so myself) and stay in touch with at least one of the recruiting officers at one of the schools on your list. Notice I said recruiting Officer, and not recruiter…there is a difference.