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 2020, that would be a high school senior in the fall of 2019, graduating in the spring of 2020, these are the dates you should pay attention to.
4-year High School Application Opens for SY 20-21 12-Jun-19
1st High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 2-Dec-19
1st High School Selection Board 9-Dec-19
2nd High School Selection Board Deadline for Documents 28-Dec-19
2nd High School Selection Board 13-Jan-20
4-Year High School Application Deadline for SY 20-21 4-Feb-20
Final HS Selection Board Deadline for Docs — Missing Items 4-Mar-20
Final (3rd) High School Selection Board 23-Mar-20
Same advice as last year…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 rarely the best course of action. 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 can take those tests again. 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 free help with those tests, use it.
Remember that if you wait until the second board to improve SAT/ACT scores you should also wait to do your interview. The board and the PMS interview are only done once. You can submit improved test scores after your interview and after you are boarded, but your board and interview scores will not change based on those new test scores (hopefully that makes sense).
If you wait until the second or third board your chances are diminished because there will obviously be less allocations available after each board but don’t rush to be on the first board if you aren’t ready. I would tell you that you shouldn’t wait to be able to do one or two more push ups on the PFT, but if your SAT/ACT is low retake and wait for the next 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 still a difference.