Ok, so I applied for NROTC as a tier 3 major and didn't have my interview until late December. And needless to say I do not have a scholarship now Started my Army app but never finished. Navy recruiter told me I was as sure as any to get the scholarship and being tier 3 doesn't really matter much. Kinda wish I followed through with Army, but it is what it is. So this fall I will be starting at Ohio State, my in-state safety. I really like the school and feel it has a lot to offer, but I was really working to get out of state and I'm not going to slow down just because I'm stuck for this year. Didn't really have 1 dream school, but a couple that I really liked and thought would be good fits. Georgetown, USC, Penn, Virginia and Michigan were the schools. Got flat out rejected from UVa and Penn, Georgetown waitlisted me (and later denied me, apparently they didn't take anyone off of the waitlist this year, they overenrolled), Michigan was too hard to afford OOS. Leaves me with USC. Got in, visited, liked it, liked LA. Then NROTC dinged me. USC has some generous FA but their was a pretty huge gap in what my parents said they could pay and what USC said we could pay. So I had to give up USC. But I'm not going to give up completely. I plan on reapplying to NROTC and going to finish my AROTC application this time. Would like to have both done by August/September. Might wait until October to finish AROTC, get the best possible fitness score before the first board. So, I'd be looking to transfer. To the five schools I mentioned above, and maybe Northwestern (rejected as senior in H.S.), maybe a couple of others. All are pretty competitive, but USC seems to be the surest thing (in this group). They take a lot of transfers and apparently if you have a 3.5 you should be good to go as a transfer student. I think a 3.5 is very reasonable for me to achieve as a freshman. I am aiming for a 3.9-4.0 at Ohio State my first year. So lets say for the sake of argument, I apply to Navy and Army and apply to all of those schools again. And now lets says the cards are dealt and I decide to transfer to USC with a NROTC scholarship. Regular four year ROTC kids are supposed to contract the beginning of sophomore year, correct? What if I only do NROTC starting my sophomore year, do I contract my junior year? What about Army, say I get a 3-year scholarship? Do I contract as a junior or do I contract like a sophomore, with no experience in the program? The only reason that I ask is because I want to cover all options and scenarios and this is just in case I hate the school I transfered to or for some reason do not like ROTC or can't handle. Say I transfer to Georgetown, don't like it for whatever reason and transfer back to an Ohio school. Would I have contracted with the Army/Navy already? Does Army work differently than Navy on this matter? Again I just want to cover all options. Things will probably work out wherever I end up and I might not even end up transferring. Most people that go to OSU love it and in the end to be commissioned as a 2nd LT or Ensign, school doesn't really matter. So the crux of my question comes down to, if I get a ROTC scholarship to start my sophomore year, am I allowed to drop it junior year? (like 4 yr winners can drop the scholarship without time commitment at the start of sophomore year) I was just wondering and this may become a moot point but I'd like to know to fully weigh my options in the future. Thanks!