Hello all -- I'm a first time poster and I'm so excited that I've found this forum! The information I've found here so far is invaluable. To give you a little background, my son is in his first semester as a junior in high school and has decided that he wants to serve his country as an Army officer. His preferred route of getting there is through college ROTC (ideally with an ROTC scholarship). I have a few questions: 1. Based on posts in the forum, it's my understanding that he can begin the ROTC scholarship application process the spring semester of his junior year -- is that correct? However, he's not able to begin applying to colleges until the fall semester of his senior year (at the earliest). So, how does the timing of the granting of a scholarship work with the timing of being accepted into college (or does the scholarship application process take so long that I don't need to worry about it)? 2. I've gotten the impression from posts on the forum that it's not a bad thing for a scholarship applicant to be put off until the second board, in that it allows the applicant some "wiggle room" to change their top choice of school, etc. 3. My son's ultimate ideal goal would be to someday serve his country by working for the FBI as an agent. If he were unable to obtain a position with the FBI, he wants to make the military his career. Would it work against him in the ROTC application process if he were honest & told the PMS about wanting to work for the FBI? I'm thinking that it definitely would. Your input is greatly appreciated!