UHM Army ROTC Program

Frequently Asked Questions


General

Form 104-R

Academic Requirements

Advisor

* If your question(s) was not addressed above, email your question to risaki@hawaii.edu.

 

General

What is the Form 104-R?
Form 104-R is an academic plan outlining all courses required to graduate including general education, major, and ROTC. Its primary purpose is to ensure cadets graduate in a timely manner.

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How do I create a Form 104-R?
Return to the previous page for detailed instructions on how to create your Form 104-R or click here.

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What is mandatory advising and how does it affect me?
Beginning in Fall 2008, all incoming freshmen must receive mandatory advising every semester for their first two years. For students who fall under MAC (undeclared or pre-majors), completing or updating your Form 104-R will fulfill your mandatory advising requirement. For all other majors check with your College/School/Major Advisor to determine how to fulfill the requirement.

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 Where do I get my VA Benefits Enrollment form reviewed?
VA forms are reviewed and approved by the Advisor from your College/School and should be submitted directly to that respective office. Information on your College/School advisor can be found here.

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Form 104-R

Can I take summer school?
Yes but under the following conditions:

    1. You acknowledge to pay your own tuition. ROTC does not pay for summer tuition.
    2. Check with ROTC to determine that your plans do not interfere with any scheduled summer training.

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Do I put summer school courses on the Form 104-R?
No, unless specified by your cadre. Even if you decide to take summer courses do not put this on your Form 104-R. Only fall and spring semesters should be documented. The ROTC Advisor however, still needs to know what courses you will be taking over the summer to ensure all academic requirements are met. When you email your draft Form 104-R to the ROTC Advisor include the courses you plan to take and identify which summers.

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Can I pursue a second major?
Possibly, but not likely. A second major is ONLY allowed if it does not extend your graduation date. However, most cadets take between 16-19 credits a semester just to finish one degree so it is rare to be able to fit in another major. Non-contract cadets have greater flexibility to pursue second majors but should still consult the ROTC Advisor.

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Can I pursue a minor or certificate?
Yes but ONLY if it does not extend your graduation date. Minors or certificates are easier to fit into degree plans than second majors but it will still take careful academic planning to ensure the same graduation date as if there was no minor or certificate. Consult the ROTC Advisor if you are interested in a minor or certificate. Non-contract cadets have greater flexibility to pursue minors/certificates.

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When is my Form 104-R due?
Unless given a definite deadline by ROTC, there is no specific due date for your Form 104-R. It is due as soon as possible as your scholarship is not dispersed until your form is submitted. Every day that passes you are losing money from your scholarship.

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Do I need to have a major to create a Form 104-R?
Yes. Form 104-R is a degree plan of all courses you need to graduate. You must have a major identified to know the courses you need.

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Can I change majors after I completed a Form 104-R?
Yes but cadets are only allowed to change their major once.

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What do I do if I change majors?
Another Form 104-R must be completed for your new major. Follow the same steps as you did in creating the first Form 104-R.

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How many credits do I have to take a semester?
You are required to take between 12-19 credits a semester. On average, cadets take between 16-19 credits per semester.

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How do I fill in block 5 on the Form 104-R?
You do not need to fill anything in block 5, the ROTC Advisor will complete this block after you submit your draft plan.

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Can I change my schedule after my Form 104-R is complete?
Absolutely! Your Form 104-R is only a plan and is not definite. Make the revisions on your original and email it to the ROTC Advisor for another review.

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What do I do if I can’t get the courses that were planned for on my Form 104-R?

Look ahead on your plan for courses that you intend to take in future semesters. Check if they are available for the current semester. If you have the appropriate pre-requisites you may move the course to the current semester and document the change(s) on your Form 104-R.

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Do I need to take MSL 100 (Physical Fitness) every semester?
Yes but it only needs to be registered for separately with the 100 and 200 level courses (MSL 101/L, 102/L, 201/L, and 202/L). It is built into MSL 300 and 400 level courses (MSL 301, 302, 401, and 402) and does not need to be registered for or documented on your Form 104-R as a separate course.

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Does my Form 104-R officially guarantee graduation by a certain date?
No. Your Form 104-R is an unofficial degree plan that DOES NOT guarantee graduation by a certain date. It is only used by ROTC to get an estimated graduation date. You must complete official degree checks with your respective College/School Advisor.

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Academic Requirements

How do I find courses for the Foundation (FW, FS, FG) requirement?

    1. UHM catalog
    2. Class Availability (after clicking on a department, look under the Gen Ed/Focus column for the abbreviations)
    3. Check with your College/School or major Advisor.

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How do I find courses for the Diversification (DA/DH/DL, DB, DP, DY) requirements?

    1. UHM catalog
    2. Class Availability (after clicking on a department, look under the Gen Ed/Focus column for the abbreviations)
    3. Check with your College/School or major Advisor.

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What are focus requirements?

Focus courses are part of UHM’s graduation requirements and consist of the following:

(H) Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues   

1 course

(E) Ethical Issues 

1 course

(O) Oral Communication     

1 course

(W) Writing Intensive

5 courses (2 from the 300+ level)

Transfer students may have a prorated number of focus courses to complete. More information regarding focus requirements may be found here. You must identify focus courses in your Form 104-R by putting the appropriate abbreviation in parenthesis next to the course title. For example:

HWST 107      Hawaii: Center of the Pacific (H)

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How do I find courses for focus requirements?

    1. UHM General Education Website
    2. Class Availability (after clicking on a department, look under the Gen Ed/Focus column for the abbreviations)

Focus courses change every semester and may be found in courses that can double count with your major. MSL 301, 391, and 401 are all (W) writing intensive.

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I viewed the PowerPoint on how to create the Form 104-R but I still have questions, what do I do?
Email the ROTC Advisor, Rayna Isaki, at risaki@hawaii.edu .

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ROTC Advisor

Who is the ROTC Advisor?
Rayna Isaki, an Advisor for Manoa Advising Center (MAC).

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How do I meet with the ROTC Advisor?
Email Rayna at risaki@hawaii.edu for her availability.

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Where is the ROTC Advisor’s office?
Queen Liliuʻokalani Center for Student Services (QLC) Room 101. After going up of the building’s front steps, it is the first office on the left. It is across from the College of Arts & Sciences Student Academic Services Office.

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Can I call the ROTC Advisor?
Unfortunately Rayna cannot be reached by phone, however she is readily available via email.

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What can the ROTC Advisor help me with?

    1. Completing your Form 104-R by reviewing and providing appropriate revisions to meet both UHM academic and ROTC requirements.
    2. Understanding UHM academic requirements (general education, graduation, and major).
    3. Understanding Form 104-R requirements.
    4. Checking to make sure all courses required to graduate are included on degree plan. However, this is only an unofficial check. Official degree checks are completed with your College/School Advisor.
    5. References to campus resources where appropriate.

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Will the ROTC Advisor pick courses for me?
No you have the freedom to select the courses you’re interested in taking. Rayna will be able to present course options that you may select from and provide recommendations but the ultimate decision is yours.

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When is a good time to have my Form 104-R reviewed by the ROTC Advisor?
The busiest time of the semester is the first two weeks. For immediate assistance and to avoid the rush of other cadets email your Form 104-R either before the semester starts or about the third week into the semester when the rush has settled.

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How do I email my draft Form 104-R to the ROTC Advisor?
Ensure your draft is in Excel format and email it as an attachment to risaki@hawaii.edu .

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I emailed my draft Form 104-R to the ROTC Advisor, now what?
Rayna will review your draft and return revisions (if any) via email. You can either make those revisions and resend for another review or request an in-person meeting to discuss the revisions.

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What is the difference between my College/School, major, and ROTC advisor?

    1. College/School advisor: Overall advising with general education, graduation, and major requirements.
    2. Major advisors: Assistance with major requirements only.
    3. ROTC advisor: Similar to College/School advisors, helps with overall advising (general education, graduation, and major requirements) in addition to ROTC requirements.

In general, all cadets at UHM will have three main advisors (College/School, major, and ROTC). For example a Psychology student will have an advisor from the College of Arts & Sciences (College/ School), an advisor from the Psychology department (major), and an ROTC advisor. In some cases, the College/School and major advisors are the same person. In such cases cadets will only have only two advisors (College/School/major and ROTC). Such majors include Engineering, Nursing, or Social Work, etc. More information on academic advisors may be found here.

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Do I need to meet with my major Advisor before meeting with the ROTC Advisor?
Yes. You must review your draft Form 104-R with your major advisor prior to meeting with the ROTC Advisor. Major Advisors are the experts on the requirements for your field of study and should be consulted to ensure you have included all requirements for your major on your Form 104-R.

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How do I meet with my major Advisor?
Call, email, or stop by your major Advisor’s office or department to determine if walk-ins are acceptable or if an appointment is needed. Contact information for your major Advisor or department can be found here.

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Revised 04/21/11