Everybody knows that one of the most important things about completing your Green to Gold packet is getting everything finished and turned in before the application deadline.
There are two application boards every year. The first board takes place in October, and the deadline for submitting application paperwork is October 1st. The second board takes place in April, and the deadline for submitting application paperwork is April 1st.
Only applications for traditional ROTC scholarships can be submitted for the October board. This board is for applicants who will be starting school in the spring semester of the next calendar year (for example: scholarship applicants who submitted their packets by 01 October 2010 will attend school in Spring 2011). The application window for the October board is from 01 June to 01 October.
Applications for traditional ROTC scholarships, Commanding General’s Hip-Pocket Scholarships, and applications for the Active Duty Option can be submitted to the April board. This board is for applicants who will be starting school in the Fall semester of the same calendar year (for example: applicants who submit their packets by 01 April 2010 will attend school in Fall 2010). The application window for the April board is 15 Nov to 01 April.
Non-scholarship packets can be submitted at any time, provided there is enough time to complete the packet with approval and process through transitions before the start of the academic semester.
Applying to college is a time-consuming process, and is one of the most important first steps in the Green to Gold application. Because of this, it must be done early.
The College Board recommends that prospective students who are applying for the Fall semester have their applications submitted by November of the year prior to attendance. For Green to Gold applicants, this falls right at the beginning of the application window for the April board.
You will need to spend time during the application window sending transcripts and other documents to your university, as well as coordinating with your admissions office to get acceptance letters and credit evaluations that you will need to complete your packet.
In short, apply early!