So, I will be starting as an MSI walk-on at a state university this fall. The recruiting officer said that I stood a pretty good chance at receiving a campus based scholarship. However, as we all know, nothing is definite until you have it in writing. So, I'm considering doing SMP as a way to help pay for college if I don't receive a scholarship. I just had some questions though... When is the earliest time I can enlist in the SMP and what do I have to do to receive benefits from SMP (i.e. attend BCT/AIT or LTC), and can I still earn an active duty commission through SMP? My only concern is that if I have to attend BCT and AIT that I will miss some school. Again, the recruiting officer said that if I went SMP I would go down to the local recruiters office, enlist, bring my contract back to the PMS and the from there I would become a contracted cadet and I would receive all the SMP benefits and not have to attend BCT because an ROTC contract overrides a National Guard contract, but I would still have to attend the monthly and summer drills(as the recruiter said). And again, I'm not sure about that, not that the recruiter is a bad guy or anything just that I think he doesn't have all his facts right. Anyways, many thanks in advance!