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ROTC anyone?

Parents concerned about meeting college costs often wonder if the US military would be a cost effective educational option for their teen. ROTC scholarships and other military service educational incentives offer great opportunities for teens as well as cost savings for parents.

How do you know if your teen is a good match for an ROTC scholarship? Each branch of the US military looks for different qualifications. A facility for math and science and leadership ability are valued by all branches of service.

Students interested in majors related to languages, engineering, sciences, mathematics and logistics often have an edge when applying for ROTC scholarships. To the extent that they also have excellent test scores, a high GPA and a track record of leadership positions, their chances of winning a scholarship increase.

Parents who think their children are a good match for military service should take them on tours of colleges that have an ROTC program. Most ROTC programs offer special tours and overnight programs that allow students to learn more about the ROTC experience and career opportunities.

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