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2018 National HS Scholarship Deadlines

Aug 28, 2017

To apply for the ROTC Scholarship, an application must be started by 04 February 2018 @ 1159pm EST.

If you have started an application by 04 February 2018, you have until 04 March 2018 @ 1159pm EST to complete your application.

To appear before a Selection Board to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a completed
application, including the PMS interview, by 1159pm EST on one of the below “Document Submission Deadlines.”

Document Submission Deadlines

1st High School Board:
17 September 2017

2nd High School Board:
07 January 2018

3rd High School Board:
04 March 2018

Selection Board Convene Dates

1st High School Board:
2-6 October 2017

2nd High School Board:
22-26 January 2018

3rd High School Board:
19-23 March 2018

NOTE: Applicants who were previously boarded but not selected to receive a scholarship, can continue to submit documents to increase their chance for selection.
However, all application updates must be SUBMITTED no later than 04 March 2018@ 1159pm EST to be considered for a scholarship during the final board that convenes on 19-23 March 2018.

Watch the Official ROTC YouTube video on how to fill out the 4 Year High School Scholarship Application:

Ranger Challenge 2016

Oct 27, 2016

Cal Poly competed in the South Region, 8th Brigade, Ranger Challenge event at Camp Elliott, Miramar, California from 21-23 October 2016.  Cadets Cutshall, Falck, Murray, Batanian, Parkins, Fromm, Slavich, Palmaffy, Greif, Baida, and Holst joined 12 other teams from around central and southern California.  The Fighting Mustangs finished 4th overall.

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Cadets Conduct Color Guard Duties During Memorial Day Ceremony in Atascadero

May 31, 2016

Cadets performed color guard duties during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Faces of Freedom Memorial in Atascadero, CA over the weekend.  Estimates put attendance at over 1200 as people from all over the Central Coast came to pay their respects.  Local news coverage of the event.

Photo courtesy of George Wetlund.

Cadets Participate in annual Spring Formal Festivities

May 24, 2016

The program held its annual Spring Formal on 20 May 2016 at the Avila Beach Lighthouse Inn and Suites.  The event is held every year to introduce Cadets to the customs and courtesies associated with formal events while serving as an Officer in the U.S. Army.  Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

Three Cadets Contract during Spring Quarter, Set to Commission June 2018.

May 18, 2016

Cadets Erica Dorn (Computer Science), Zorana Tat (Architectural Engineering), and Eric Burstedt (Mechanical Engineering) completed their Oaths of Enlistment in the last week and will complete the 2015-2016 School Year as contracted Cadets.  All three will continue on at MS3's next Fall and look to graduate by June of 2018. 

Poly Cadets Will Be Involved in Training Around the World this Summer

Apr 26, 2016

Cal Poly Cadets will be traveling around the world for summer training in the coming months.

  • The Cadet Leader Course (CLC) and Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) will be taking place at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
  • Two Cadets will attend Airborne School and a third will attend Air Assault School at Fort Benning, GA,
  • Three Cadets will attend Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) and shadow a Lieutenant during their daily work requirements.  Locations include Korea, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and Fort Polk, LA
  • Two Cadets will attend Drill Cadet Leader Training (DCLT) and experience life within a Basic Training unit at Fort Jackson, SC.
  • Four Cadets and a Cadre member will go overseas in support of the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program. Locations include Slovakia, Poland, Montenegro, Peru, and Mongolia.
  • One Cadet will be interning in Washington, D.C.

Be sure to follow us on social media for updates on their experiences. For more information about training opportunities unique to ROTC Cadets, click here.

SLO County Board of Supervisors Recognizes ROTC on its 100th Anniversary

Apr 18, 2016

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors officially recognized the Reserve Officers' Training Corps on its 100th Anniversary during their meeting on April 12th.  Professor of Military Science, LTC Joshua Gillen, and Mr. Everette Brooks were on hand to accept.

Cadets Preparing for Spring Record Army Physical Fitness Test

Apr 18, 2016

All Cal Poly Cadets will take a for-record Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) between 16 and 18 May.  For Cadets in Junior (or MS3) standing, the results will be incorporated into their accessions score and ultimately impact their standing on the national Order of Merit List (OML).  For everyone else, the results are used to determine campus-based OML and track overall physical development.

The APFT includes two minutes of sit-ups, two minutes of push-ups, and a two mile run.  Each event is separated by 10 minutes and includes a recording of an individual's height and weight before the events begin.  Reference TC 3-22.20, Appendix A, for additional information.

Cadets complete their annual Combat Water Survival Training

Apr 14, 2016

Cadets completed their annual Combat Water Survival Training (CWST) at Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo.  CWST is a training requirement for all Army ROTC Cadets and includes five minutes of treading water, a 15 meter swim with equipment and weapon, an equipment ditch, and an unexpected entry into to the water with a 3 meter drop.  Weak swimmers are given focused instruction in order to build confidence in the water.

Updated Information about ROTC Activities During Open House 2016

Apr 13, 2016

Open House 2016 will occur between 15-16 April. On Friday, the ROTC Department will be open to all interested students and their families for informational sessions, interaction with Cadets and Cadre, and tours of the building.  In addition, our Cadets will be providing Color Guard support at the Rodeo which starts at 1800.  

The main effort will occur on Saturday which kicks off at 0900 with the Poly Royal Parade.  The Cadets will lead the procession down Perimeter Road and conduct a pass and review with the parade's Grand Marshall, COL Righello.  Following the opening ceremonies, the ROTC Department will be serving light refreshments for alumni in the department classroom and hosting an interactive booth for all attendees in front of Dexter Lawn.  We will also be conducting rappel demonstrations at 1100, 1200, and 1300 off of the Dexter Building roof. 

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