patrickd139 wrote:I'm going through the GLP program for the Air Force. Just had the meeting with the ROTC branch. Calling to set up the interview with the SJA tomorrow.
I'm not in the program yet, but happy to answer any questions about deadlines, requirements, procedure for the GLP program for anyone who is interested. I'm a 1L at a T2 plains-state school. No grades yet. T15 public university for UG. No prior military service, practically straight out of UG to law school.
I'd be interested to hear whatever you've got to say about it, your law school, any stats you care to share, the difficulty you might have had with applying to it, the competitiveness, requirements, and procedures. Thanks.
My law school is just like most other law schools across the country (neither Harvard nor Cooley). Nothing special relating to my ability to get into the GLP other than the fact that it has an ROTC base on-campus, which is going to be convenient as far as PT if I get accepted.
As far as stats go, 161/3.75. Pretty much middle of the road as far as law students go, I'm sure.
The only difficulty I've had so far is getting the paperwork together, specifically the letter from the ROTC detachment saying they'll accept me as a member. I'm the first one at my law school that has applied to the GLP program, so it was a learning curve on their end as well as mine. My advice would be to apply right now if you're seriously interested. The application board only considers GLP candidates in February, that means your interview with the SJA must be scheduled no later than Jan 15.
To my knowledge, no statistics are kept or released as to the competitiveness of the GLP program. Anecdotal advice seems to be that it's much easier, but well this side of guaranteed. I'm still seeking out other internship opportunities for next summer in case the board doesn't pick me up.
The requirements are all listed in the application package (available for download here --LinkRemoved-- ). Pretty standard military application, best I can tell.
As for procedure that information can also be found on the recruiting website above, also reprinted below in outline form.
Download and complete application forms.
Meet with ROTC detachment and confirm they're willing to accept you as a member.
ROTC detachment will write a letter to include with above forms.
Schedule meeting with SJA at the nearest AF base.
SJA will consider you as a preliminary gatekeeper, collect your application forms/letters/etc. and (hopefully) write you a letter of recommendation to send with your file. He then sends your forms to Langley for background checks, etc.
In February, the selection board meets, considers your file and renders a decision.
Anecdotally, you hear back at the beginning of March, but that's obviously a discretionary deadline.
If you're accepted, you do contracting work (MEPS, AFQT, etc.) and enroll in ROTC courses for your second and third years. At that point you're committed to service time, though they're discouragingly ambiguous whether you are still committed if you fail the bar. During your 2L summer, you attend field training (6 weeks in Alabama) and then sit for the bar your 3L summer like everyone else. If you pass, you receive a commission and base assignment.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head, but feel free to ask more specific questions if they come up.