Last Updated on January 21, 2022

ROTC Consulting currently works with a number of clients who competed on the first Army ROTC board. Based on the results and what we have learned from our sources, it looks like the first Army ROTC board stayed in line with previous years’ selection parameters.

October 2020 Army ROTC Board Observed Trends

The October board is traditionally very competitive and this year was no different. We have recommended in the past that a candidate not compete on the October board but rather the January board if they don’t have an excellent file and have the potential to improve their file between October and December by raising their SAT/ACT score, improving their physical fitness, practicing their PMS interview, and improving Fall semester grades–and this year again proved this advice true.

There were 200 scholarship recipients off of the October 2020 board out of 1000 or more applicants which is a 20% award rate or less.

With the candidates we work with, we are able to isolate out most of the other factors for selection which included:

  • fitness test
  • PMS interview
  • activities (scholar, athlete, leader)
  • psychological test (CBEF)
  • and essays

This leaves the ACT/SAT and GPA as the only large factors separating our candidates who received a scholarship to those who didn’t.


Our scholarship recipients had a range of SAT scores from 1320 to 1540 with an average of around 1400. The 1320 SAT recipient was the only candidate who scored below a 1400 SAT. However, we also had a candidate who scored 1420 who was not a recipient.

The one factor that seemed to be the difference in this board was unweighted GPA. No candidate below a 3.9 unweighted received a scholarship no matter what their SAT/ACT score. This indicates that Board members put emphasis on unweighted GPA as a key factor in their board scoring.

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Take-Aways for the October 2020 Army Board

The first Army ROTC board continues to be very competitive at a 20% selection rate or less.

The candidate is unlikely to receive a scholarship if their unweighted GPA is below 3.8 even with an SAT over 1400.

SAT/ACT score is still very important in the overall selection.

It continues to be important to “max out” other areas that are evaluated to include in order of importance: the PMS interview, the CBEF, activities, the fitness test, and essays. (ROTC scholarship consulting helps candidates do this). If a candidate had a high unweighted GPA and SAT/ACT and didn’t receive a scholarship, it is likely one of these other factors came into play.

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