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Corps of Cadets

TiredAndAbusedTiredAndAbused Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
edited June 2010 in Texas A&M University
Two questions for anyone that may know:

If you are on a ROTC scholarship do you have to join the Corps of Cadets?
If you join the Corps of Cadets are you required to live in special Corps of Cadets dorms or can you live elsewhere?

Post edited by TiredAndAbused on

Replies to: Corps of Cadets

  • gxgal7gxgal7 Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    Yes, you must participate in the Corps of Cadets to use the scholarship. And single students with no prior military experience must live on the "Quad" which is a section of dorms for the Corps of Cadets. They do have some exceptions for married cadets and veterans for on-campus living.
  • TiredAndAbusedTiredAndAbused Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Thanks for the answers gxgal7! How time consuming / regimented is the Corps of Cadets? Perhaps that's one of those questions that if I have to ask then it's probably not a good fit for me? I'm just concerned that my GPA / studying will take a hit if I am in the Corps of Cadets and I may not be a good enough student to handle the additional time commitments.
  • klparker312klparker312 Registered User Posts: 970 Member
    The word from my Aggie Mom's club moms with Corps kids.... It is rough rough rough. GPA's suffer, but it is not unusual for corps kids. It takes most of your time. If you have questions I would seriously make an appointment with Corps and talk about it.
    My husband was in corps - I know from that experience too.
  • gxgal7gxgal7 Registered User Posts: 272 Junior Member
    Concur with klparker's post.

    My son just finished his freshman year in the Corps and it was the toughest thing he has ever done by far! It is VERY time consuming and VERY regimented. They lose approximately 25% of the freshman that start each year. However, for those who stick it out, it is a great character building and leadership opportunity. But if you go into it blind, you will be shocked!

    They have two programs called "Spend the Night with the Corps" that lasts 2 days and "Spend the Day with the Corps" which lasts one day. I would strongly recommend trying one of those programs out to get an idea of what it means to join this program. You can find out more at Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
  • TiredAndAbusedTiredAndAbused Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Thanks again everyone! The Corps of Cadets sounds as though it may require more time/effort than I'm ready to commit to before at least starting college.
  • aggiemom2011aggiemom2011 Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    I also am the mother of a Corps member, about to start his senior year. My son is ADHD, and though the Corps does take up a tremendous amount of time, I think it has been perfect for him. It has provided a structure that you will not get anywhere else, so unless you are extremely disciplined, then you might take more time to consider joining. There IS required study time for freshman of 3 hours a night, and if you use it correctly, it is definitely to your advantage. My son learned as a fish that he could go to the library during manditory study time and get some studying done, as well as get away from the sophomores! He was NOT a stellar high school student, but has managed to keep his grades up around at least a 3.4-3.5. The Corps is actually incentive for him to keep his grades up, as leadership positions are based somewhat on grades. What outfit you get in definitely makes a difference. You can reserarch what each outfit's GPA was last year, and what they specialize in (ie for technical majors, etc.). Some put more emphasis on grades than others. The Corps tries to put you in an outfit with similar majors so if you need help,you can find an upperclassman who has had the class before. As a previous poster mentioned, the freshman year was the toughest thing he has ever been through, but the boys in his class all look back and say it was a great year, both of bonding and character building, and that they'd do it again! Talk about life long friendships! I can definitely say that my son has gained something that he never would have gotten as a non-reg (my husband and I are both non-reg former students.) Employers like to see it on a resume as well, whether you choose to take a military contract or not. He has had opportunities to see/hear former President Bush (both of them), General Petraeus, President Obama, Secretary of Defense Gates, Governor Perry, just to name a few.....
    At least go to CS and do "Spend the Day with the Corps" this summer (take your parents), and do "Spend the Night with the Corps" this fall. Good luck with your decision.
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