I am really interested in attending all of the Senior Military Colleges. The Citadel being my #1 choice. The reason I want to attend a one of the SMCs is for the great history and tradition that they have with the military. Its like my Senior Army Instructor told me, if I just wanted to earn a commission I could go to my local college and do AROTC over there. But I have always wanted to be apart of a great tradition and history. OK, on to the questions. I will be joining the National Guard this December, that is when I turn 17. If I do get accepted at The Citadel, how would this affect me as a cadet there? Will it make life as a cadet even harder at a SMC? How much will I miss when I am out one weekend a month. I know there is SMP at The Citadel, but I am worried about Freshman year because I found out you have to be an academic Sophomore in college to be eligible for a SMP. Any advice on the situation is greatly appreciated. Oh and I know its supposed to be "SMCHopeful" and not "SMCHopefull".