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LTC Robert Kirkland

About LTC Robert Kirkland

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (USA, Ret.) is an expert on military admissions and leadership. He served for over 25 years in the United States Army, including stints as an instructor at West Point and as a commander of two Army ROTC programs. He has helped students win ROTC scholarships for 8 years.

18% of your Army ROTC Scholarship Score: The Candidate Background & Experiences Form

The Army ROTC Scholarship CBEF is a critical component of your scholarship application When you're aiming for an Army ROTC scholarship, think of the Candidate Background and Experience Form (CBEF) as a crucial step in your journey. This form carries a weight of 18% in your overall evaluation—meaning it plays a significant

18% of your Army ROTC Scholarship Score: The Candidate Background & Experiences Form2024-03-22T20:40:48+00:00

The Army ROTC Scholarship Resume: How to Write it, What to Include

Starting in 2021, Army ROTC started requiring candidates to upload a resume as part of the online application. The resume is designed to supplement the activities section of the application. It is a critical component designed to supplement the activities section of the application, shedding light on your accomplishments, values, and dedication.

The Army ROTC Scholarship Resume: How to Write it, What to Include2024-01-24T16:24:04+00:00

Does ROTC Pay for Housing? ROTC Scholarship Benefits

ROTC, or Reserve Officers' Training Corps, is an excellent program that trains college students for future military service. This training is conducted alongside regular college coursework, and it offers various financial benefits for participants. The ROTC scholarship program can pay full tuition for scholarship winners in return for a four to five

Does ROTC Pay for Housing? ROTC Scholarship Benefits2024-01-24T16:22:28+00:00

How to Become an Army Officer

Becoming an Army officer is a noble way to serve your country while gaining invaluable leadership experience. There are several pathways to becoming an Army officer, each with unique advantages and challenges. This article discusses West Point (the United States Military Academy), Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps), and Officer Candidate School (OCS).

How to Become an Army Officer2024-01-24T16:21:30+00:00

Updated for 2023: Air Force ROTC Scholarship Guide Book

We are thrilled to announce the release of the latest edition of our book, The Insider's Guide to the Air Force ROTC Scholarship For High School Students and Parents: Calculate Your Board Score. This essential guide has been crafted by Lieutenant Colonel Kirkland, an expert with firsthand experience and deep understanding of

Updated for 2023: Air Force ROTC Scholarship Guide Book2024-01-24T02:02:45+00:00

How the Whole Person Concept Impacts your ROTC Scholarship Chances

The Whole Person Concept and ROTC The Whole Person Concept is a holistic approach to evaluating candidates for ROTC scholarships. It means that scholarship boards take into consideration not just a scholarship applicant's academic achievements and physical abilities, but also their character, leadership potential, and overall fit for military service. This approach recognizes

How the Whole Person Concept Impacts your ROTC Scholarship Chances2024-01-24T02:01:42+00:00

Space Force ROTC Scholarship Interview Questions

The Space Force ROTC scholarship interview process is 100% virtual.  Starting in the 2022-2023 application year, if applicants apply for the Space Force ROTC Scholarship, they are required to conduct a video interview online with HireVue (an online video interview platform).    Candidates will be asked to record video responses to a series

Space Force ROTC Scholarship Interview Questions2024-01-24T01:56:37+00:00

The Army ROTC Fitness Test

As of March 24, 2022, there will be two tests that Army ROTC cadets will need to take during their time as cadets:  The Cadet Command Fitness Assessment (CCFA) and the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). The Cadet Command Fitness Assessment The CCFA is the same test administered to high school scholarship

The Army ROTC Fitness Test2024-01-24T01:59:32+00:00

ROTC Scholarship Parents: Do You Support Your Children? The Applicant-Parent Dynamic

The following is a guest post from our friend, Sean Kim, USAFA Class of 2025. Sean also won a Navy ROTC-Marine Corps Option and an Army ROTC scholarship. We asked him to blog on his thoughts on the applicant-parent dynamic and what he and others have experienced while navigating the ROTC scholarship process

ROTC Scholarship Parents: Do You Support Your Children? The Applicant-Parent Dynamic2024-01-24T01:49:48+00:00

5 Best Things You Can Do Now to Be Ready for ROTC in the Fall

The time between getting an ROTC scholarship and starting your program in the fall should be used productively to get off to a good start when you arrive on campus. Particularly for those with a three-year Army ROTC scholarship, preparing now and hitting the ground running once you start ROTC will impress your

5 Best Things You Can Do Now to Be Ready for ROTC in the Fall2024-01-24T01:41:35+00:00

Study Abroad and ROTC – Benefits of ROTC Scholarships

Cadets and midshipmen in ROTC benefit greatly from doing a study abroad during their time in ROTC. Studying abroad helps students learn new languages, appreciate other cultures, overcome challenges of living in another country, and gain a greater understanding of the world. These are all things that the military emphasizes given the likelihood

Study Abroad and ROTC – Benefits of ROTC Scholarships2024-01-24T01:39:45+00:00

Height and Weight Requirements for ROTC Scholarships: Know the Standards

If you are applying for an ROTC scholarship, a key element is making sure you meet height and weight requirements as you begin the application process. Non-scholarship cadets do not need to meet requirements, however if you are planning on winning a scholarship, you must meet height and weight requirements before you

Height and Weight Requirements for ROTC Scholarships: Know the Standards2024-01-24T01:37:49+00:00

Dental School and ROTC

ROTC is an excellent avenue to eventually become a dentist in the military. Learn more about dental school and ROTC below! An ROTC scholarship, combined with a dental school scholarship or loan forgiveness, can potentially mean zero out-of-pocket expenses after the conclusion of dental school. The routes are different for each military service

Dental School and ROTC2024-01-24T01:36:05+00:00

ROTC Scholarship Contracts

The first time that many ROTC scholarship recipients view ROTC scholarship contracts is when they are on campus and ready to sign in order to receive scholarship benefits. That is probably too late to be fully informed of the obligations set forward by the Armed Services ROTC program. The purpose of this post

ROTC Scholarship Contracts2024-01-24T01:32:27+00:00

Medical School and ROTC: Become a Doctor

ROTC is an excellent avenue to eventually become a doctor in the military. An ROTC scholarship, combined with a medical school scholarship or loan forgiveness, can potentially mean zero out of pocket expenses after the conclusion of medical school. The routes are different for each military service and more probable for the Army

Medical School and ROTC: Become a Doctor2024-01-24T01:28:50+00:00

ROTC Fitness Tests

The ROTC fitness test carries varying weights in selection for an ROTC scholarship. In this post, we’ll break down each Service’s ROTC scholarship fitness test, the emphasis they each put on the test, how it is scored, and ways and resources you can use to improve your score. You can also listen to

ROTC Fitness Tests2024-01-24T01:27:02+00:00

Seven Essential ROTC Video Interview Techniques

Online Versus In-Person ROTC Interview For some ROTC applicants, the candidate interview could be conducted via videoconferencing technology such as Zoom or Skype rather than in person. This presents opportunities for those candidates who are prepared for their video interview and are able to leverage the one major advantage that videoconferencing has over

Seven Essential ROTC Video Interview Techniques2024-01-24T01:18:07+00:00

Top Nine Questions to Ask (and Avoid Asking) at an ROTC Interview

Many candidates in preparing for their ROTC interview concentrate rightfully so on what questions will be posed to them by the interviewer. We have talked about how to prepare for the interview as well as some of the types of questions that will be asked in previous posts. You can also see

Top Nine Questions to Ask (and Avoid Asking) at an ROTC Interview2024-01-24T01:16:33+00:00

Does ROTC Increase Your Chances of Getting into College?

Students often wonder when they are applying for college and plan to take ROTC in college if strongly mentioning ROTC in their essays or interviews will increase their chances of getting into the college or university of their choice. It often depends! Our answer is: it often depends on the college or university

Does ROTC Increase Your Chances of Getting into College?2024-01-24T01:14:18+00:00

What are My Chances of Getting or Winning an ROTC Scholarship?

This is a common question we hear when candidates contact us. Our answer is always-- “it depends”--because the criteria for Army, Navy, Navy-Marine Corps Option, and Air Force ROTCs are different in a number of ways. This post will talk about each ROTC program and the most important elements to consider in order

What are My Chances of Getting or Winning an ROTC Scholarship?2024-01-24T01:11:23+00:00

Five Reasons ROTC Scholarship Applicants Need to Join Civil Air Patrol

Learning to fly airplanes is one of the most ambitious career goals you can have today. Individuals who are 12-18 years old have an opportunity to make themselves, family, and, most importantly, the country proud. After all, who doesn’t like the idea of saving lives and help usher a more era of peace

Five Reasons ROTC Scholarship Applicants Need to Join Civil Air Patrol2024-01-24T01:05:05+00:00

Top 5 Considerations for the Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship

Congratulations! You are thinking about an Army Nursing ROTC scholarship, which is a very admirable and exciting pursuit. Nursing students who are also Army ROTC cadets are exceptionally well trained and benefit from one-on-one mentorship and real-world experience that you may not find in nursing school alone. Additionally, enrolling in Army ROTC

Top 5 Considerations for the Army ROTC Nursing Scholarship2024-01-24T01:03:32+00:00

2023-2024 Air Force ROTC and Space Force ROTC Scholarship Deadline and Board Dates

Air Force ROTC and Space Force Scholarship Deadlines The following are the 2023-2024 Air Force ROTC and Space Force ROTC Scholarship deadlines and board dates. The Air Force ROTC scholarship application deadline for high school students graduating in 2024 is December 31, 2023, to open an application and January 11, 2024, to complete

2023-2024 Air Force ROTC and Space Force ROTC Scholarship Deadline and Board Dates2024-01-24T01:01:25+00:00

Seven Essential Reasons You Should Consider NOT Competing on the October Army ROTC Scholarship Board

There a number of great reasons not to compete on the October Army ROTC Board. For an average candidate, by waiting until January, you will likely increase your chances of receiving a scholarship. It is important to know you are only boarded once and receive a candidate score on that board. Even

Seven Essential Reasons You Should Consider NOT Competing on the October Army ROTC Scholarship Board2023-08-26T21:41:02+00:00

2023-2024 Army ROTC Scholarship Deadlines and Board Dates

The 2023-2024 Army ROTC scholarship deadlines and board dates have been announced. As per previous years, they are in October, January, and March. The 2023-2024 Army ROTC scholarship deadlines are: 9 October 2023 – board meets 16-20 October 2023 15 January 2024 – board meets 22-26 January 2024 11 March 2024 – board meets

2023-2024 Army ROTC Scholarship Deadlines and Board Dates2024-01-24T00:54:42+00:00

2024-2025 Application Window Opening Dates for the Army ROTC, Navy ROTC and Air Force ROTC Scholarship

Hi Everyone, Here opening dates and links for the various services ROTC scholarship applications for the school year 2023-2024 (for students graduating from high school in 2024).  We expect these to be similar for students graduating in 2025 and will update the dates when available. Here are the links for each of

2024-2025 Application Window Opening Dates for the Army ROTC, Navy ROTC and Air Force ROTC Scholarship2024-02-06T15:53:58+00:00

Why is the October Army ROTC Scholarship Board So Difficult?

Each year we do an initial analysis on the Army ROTC candidates who we advise. We control for most of the other variables as our work with them helps them max out other areas such as activities, essays, and the PT test. They are all similarly prepared by us for the interview. We

Why is the October Army ROTC Scholarship Board So Difficult?2024-01-24T00:49:39+00:00

Three Vital Steps to Outstanding ROTC Application Essays

Having sat an Army ROTC scholarship board, conducted hundreds of applicant reviews in my role as a PMS and in discussing applicant essay content with my officer colleagues, I wanted to give you my observations about what makes the best impression on these essays. What I am referring to the following essays

Three Vital Steps to Outstanding ROTC Application Essays2024-01-24T00:41:28+00:00

#1 Compelling Reason Why the Interview is King for the Air Force ROTC Scholarship

Panel Board Eliminated - Updated Air Force ROTC Scholarship Requirements Update: In my contacts and conversations with several folks involved in the Air Force ROTC HSSP for this academic year, I’ve come to learn that the panel board of senior officers (lieutenant colonels and colonels) to select scholarship winners has been eliminated. This

#1 Compelling Reason Why the Interview is King for the Air Force ROTC Scholarship2024-01-24T00:39:04+00:00

Three Vital Reasons for Mock Interview Preparation for ROTC Interviews

I posted a past thread regarding helpful tips from my perspective on how to prepare for either the ROTC scholarship or Service Academy interview. Three Vital Points: #1 I have had the pleasure of working with several ROTC scholarship candidates since I retired. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of practicing the candidate

Three Vital Reasons for Mock Interview Preparation for ROTC Interviews2024-01-24T00:45:55+00:00

Four Essential Reasons to Ace the SAT or ACT to Win an ROTC Scholarship

After having observed the ROTC scholarship selection process over a six-year period as the PMS of two separate Army ROTC programs, combined with my research on the ROTC selection process for both the Air Force and the Navy, I can’t help remarking about the importance of the SAT/ACT in the overall selection process.

Four Essential Reasons to Ace the SAT or ACT to Win an ROTC Scholarship2024-01-24T00:44:18+00:00

Five Essential Ways to Ace the Army ROTC Scholarship Board

As a Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern California, I had the opportunity to sit a scholarship board for Army ROTC at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I wanted to give you my observations about the board in order to understand from one member’s perspective what we are looking for. What application

Five Essential Ways to Ace the Army ROTC Scholarship Board2024-01-24T00:36:28+00:00

Five Compelling Reasons to Choose Private Colleges over Public Colleges for ROTC

As a former Army ROTC Professor of Military Science for two “high cost” schools (Claremont McKenna College and the University of Southern California) I am often asked if it is better to take ROTC at a public or private school? In cases where you have an Army, Navy, or certain Air Force

Five Compelling Reasons to Choose Private Colleges over Public Colleges for ROTC2024-01-24T00:31:59+00:00
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