For a while, I have been dead set on the Citadel as my backup school to the service academy, with VMI as my other backup since I live in VA. I have been planning on applying to both Virginia Tech and Texas A&M for a while (I have been a HUGE Hokie fan since birth since that is where most of my family attended). I thougt since I was a little kid that I would e a Hokie one day until I decided that I wanted to go military. Recently, I read some threads that talked about the Corps at A&m and VT, and they reignited my interest. Alumni talked about their experiences and said that they got the strict and tough military experince that they wanted (and needed for academic succes , but also got to have fun (party XD) in college, meet girls, etc. So if I want a long military career and need rigor and discipline for academic success, how is VT and A&M vs. the citadel and VMI? Having fun is definetly not a top priority for me (which is why I was content on a service academy or the Citadel); top priority for me is leadership development and a commission into the military. Although it would definetly be nice to have a little bit of fun in college as long as I kept good grades and was formed into a great leader. I will be having overnight visits to everywhere except A&M. I have also grown up being around Tech, so I know almost everything about the campus, I am just not very educated on the Corps.