My son received a 4 year national AROTC scholarship. Upon hearing about this, a colleague asked me whether I think her son (high school sophomore) should go for the USMA or AROTC. Since this has never been an issue for my son, I did not have an answer. Her son's current intention is to pursue a life time career in the Army. He is wondering whether taking the ROTC route will disadvantage him compared with his West Point cohorts. I guess to be on the safe side, he should pursue the USMA route, but based on what my colleague told me, it is also very attractive for her son to have a semi "normal" college experience. On one hand, we hear that ROTC produces ~60% of the Army officers and Gen Powell was an ROTC officer. Yet, all the big names we hear on the news are all West Point officers. Any input you can share with my colleague?