So, you have an offer, and you’re dying to know exactly what it entails. I’m here to help you out. Here is a link to a copy of an offer letter from the first round 2015-16.
Here’s what it means:
The first thing to note is the word “conditional” in the first paragraph. Understand that this offer is still not locked in. You may see your selection status says pending medical qualification and administratively qualified. What that means is that you still need to pass your DODMERB physical (become medically qualified) and that all other administrative requirements, like being enrolled full time, passing your APFT, and obtaining any waivers are complete before you will receive your benefits.
You may have completed a DODMERB for another branch or service academy. 9 times out of 10 that DODMERB will be reviewed by Army and will will also be good to go for this offer. It still has to be reviewed, so make sure you let someone know. In my case I like to know that you had a DODMERB done already so that I can prompt DODMERB to expedite the review. If you haven’t started the DODMERB you want to get that started as soon as possible. No need to panic, but sooner is better.
The scholarship tuition line says “FULL TUITION”. This was not always the case. Eleven years ago there was a cap on the tuition benefits. Some other branches (Air Force) have caps or limits on the benefit. With Army ROTC scholarships we pay full tuition and fees. You also have the option of using your scholarship to pay for Room and Board if you would prefer. We don’t pay for both. You may have received an offer to a school that provides Room and Board for Army ROTC scholarship winners, but we are only going to pay for one of those things and the other is between you and the school.
You will see a list of schools and whether you are offered a 4 or 3 year scholarship. There may be more than one school. The instructions tell you that you need to select one school. You need to make sure you select one school. That does not mean you can’t ask to change in the future, but for now you need to take your best guess and lock up that scholarship. Along with this letter you will also receive a set of instructions that will outline what you have to do if you want to request a change. You can’t request a change if you haven’t accepted one of the offers.
The final thing I want to highlight is on page two. The instructions say you need to accept one offer, sign the letter, and return the form. You have three options for returning the form. I can’t say it enough…Scan and email the form!!! I don’t know why anyone relies on the postal service or an old technology like a FAX to communicate important information any more. The quickest, surest way to let Cadet Command know what you’ve decided is to email them. I would also suggest that you contact your school of choice and let them know what you’ve decided.