The two questions that have been raised by applicants who are rising high school seniors is whether the requirements or timelines will be changed for the SAT/ACT standardized tests and the impact of the cancellation of extracurricular activities (sports, volunteer opportunities, community service) to applicant competitiveness.
Note there has been no official notification from Army, Navy, or Air Force ROTC so this post is our best conjecture regarding the way ahead.
Regarding SAT/ACT: ROTC relies a great deal on standardized tests to select applicants and they will not want to waive that requirement. Early communication from ACT and SAT indicate that they plan to increase the tests available in the Fall of 2020 and/or there will be at home remote proctoring options. A possible outcome is that early boards in October and November will be postponed to December to allow for applicants to take the test in the fall and allow for a level playing field.
Regarding extracurricular activities: ROTC will take into account the challenges students face regarding cancellation of leadership opportunities. There may be additional guidance in the application that allows the applicant to reflect the activities that he/she would have participated in had COVID-19 not caused these cancellations. Many organizations such as Boys/Girls State give credit if you were selected to participate in these programs. The emphasis will be in not penalizing candidate for lack of opportunity.
(of course)….we will be sure to continue to update you on this situation!
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