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 2016, that would be a high school senior in the fall of 2015, these are the dates you should pay attention to. I post these every year, and the biggest change I see this year is the second board is pushed back a month.
4-year High School Application Opens for SY 16-17 12-Jun-15
1st High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 2-Oct-15
1st High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 16-Oct-15
1st High School Selection Board 19-Oct-15
2nd High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 5-Jan-16
2nd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 22-Jan-16
2nd High School Selection Board 25-Jan-16
4-Year High School Application Deadline for SY 15-16 10-Jan-16
Final (3rd) HS Selection Board Deadline for Docs — Missing Items 29-Feb-16
3rd High School Board-Ready List PMS Deadline 4-Mar-16
Final (3rd) High School Selection Board 7-Mar-16
So, what does all this mean. You should complete your application before the board that makes you the most competitive. I would recommend you try to get in on one of the first two boards. Waiting till the deadline and being seen by just one board is never the best course of action. If you have a strong file you should be shooting to have your file complete by 2 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.