BLUF: Bottom line up front
Congrats! You just learned one of the thousands of acronyms that you will use in the military. What BLUF means, is essentially the key points in any correspondence up at the top so you don’t have to read through paragraphs of explanatory information.
Who I am: Naval Academy graduate and Naval Aviator who spent over 3 years as recruiting/scholarship officer and advisor for incoming freshmen at one of the top NROTC schools in the nation.
What this site is for: I lived and breathed the NROTC scholarship process for over 3 years and am intimately familiar with what it takes to get in and how the secrets to doing so
Why I’m doing this: There are too many students who simply don’t know about this scholarship or there are those that do that do not take the necessary steps to gain admission towards becoming a Naval officer. I want to close that gap and get as many people on scholarship as possible.
Now for the long-winded version…..
As an aviator, I never thought stepping out of the cockpit and into the classroom to teach could ever be as rewarding as flying one of the most technologically advanced helicopters in the world. Much to my surprise, helping students to succeed academically, physically and professionally has been just as rewarding – if not more. I needed to train my future replacement after all! The NROTC scholarship is an amazing opportunity for those looking to serve. My hope is to pass on all the secrets I’ve learned over the years to help you secure a full ride scholarship to a top tier school and earn you commission as a Naval Officer.
My story isn’t the traditional one. I love my parents dearly, but I grew up in a home where excellence was not expected, nor encouraged, and as such, I simply meandered my way through high school from one class and activity to another with no real focus. To give you an example of my supreme dedication to academic success – I took a class senior year on “work study” simply because it gave me the opportunity to pretend to have a job when in reality I simply went home to play video games. I took the SAT because it was what was needed for college, without the vaguest idea of what I wanted to do with it. Turns out I scored well enough to get into a lower tier state school – one of the biggest party schools in the state. Hey – I might as well have fun in college if I have to go! Not surprisingly, I did fairly horrible that first year. I never attended class, I would only put half effort into assignments, and my books were used more so for beer coasters than for what was actually inside. Unsurprisingly I found myself losing my academic state provided scholarship after the first year. My parents were still very supportive of me, and I could do no wrong in their eyes when in reality I really needed a swift kick in the butt – and that’s exactly what the military did for me.
After losing my scholarship I found myself broke and didn’t have the money for the next school year and unfortunately my family couldn’t provide much assistance. You see, I did not grow up in a household that was financially blessed by any stretch of the imagination. To put it in perspective: we were the kind of family that would put water in the bottom of a ketchup bottle to squeeze that very last drop.. My clothes consisted of whatever goodwill had in stock, or what friends and family would pass on to us. My father was what I like to call a “wood maniac.” He would ride around in his rusty old 1958 chevy with a chainsaw on the back hunting for the next big score of wood. If he ever found a fallen tree, I knew I’d be spending that weekend chopping and stacking it for $0.25 an hour. In my father’s mind wood equals heat which equals cheaper electric bill which equals free money! The only warm room in the house was the living room in front of the fireplace. My father sitting in his stained lazy boy would stare at that fire with a smile on his face – likely imagining all the dollars he was saving.God help you if you turned up the thermostat to higher than 63 degrees. Needless to say, when I lost all financial support from the state government I had little means of paying for school without going into debt. So I turned to the military.
Now, I was actually planning on joining the Air Force, as practically everything in the city I grew up in worked on or for the Air Force (it was a bit of a military town). However, the day I walked in to sign the dotted line to work for good ole Uncle Sam, wouldn’t you know it – the office was closed. Long story short, after I entered the Navy office next door, I never turned back. The military gave me something I so desperately needed: discipline. I excelled. After one year after boot camp, I was the top of my class in one of the hardest enlisted programs the military offered. Because of this, I was awarded a direct appointment to the United States Naval Academy where I continued to push myself harder than ever. I chose the hardest degree in one of the hardest schools in the nation. After I graduated in the top 10% of the class, I did what I dreamed of as a kid – I became an aviator. I ended up graduating top of my class in flight school and chose helicopters out of San Diego. As a pilot I consistently scored top of my peers. As I write this, I am currently ranked #1 junior officer in my command with a perfect fitness report. I don’t tell you this to brag, but to show you the power of the military and how it can turn someone who failed out of college with no ambition or discipline into someone with drive and determination.
Now what qualifies me to give you advice?
After my sea tour with aviation was complete – I was then given the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at The George Washington University NROTC program. It was here that I would have the opportunity to teach, mentor, and train some of the greatest individuals I have ever met. In addition to this, I was also tasked as the recruiting officer in charge of scholarships and admission. During this time, I become the subject matter expert on everything NROTC. I have given speeches to hundreds of individuals on this scholarship and I have helped hundreds of students secure a full ride scholarship to their top choice schools – and I’m here to help you do the same.