I am a bit confused as to how getting into LTC works. The commander of the ROTC unit at our DS high school made it sound like you just sign up and that it's no big deal to go into ROTC as a junior in college. However, I've read more than one post on this forum about how it is getting more difficult to "qualify" for LTC. The reason I'm asking is that we are debating whether it will be worth it for our DS to apply for a 4yr. ROTC scholarship that locks him in to the military early on in his college "career". Or, would it be better for him to continue on with dual-enrollment while he is in high school until he has earned his A.A. degree, and then enter college as a junior (and also enter college ROTC at that time)? The state pays for all tuition, fees, & books while he is dual-enrolled. Plus, we have a state pre-paid college plan and I feel our son will also qualify for a scholarship program that our state offers. Between the pre-paid plan and the state scholarship most, if not all, of his tuition, fees & books his last two years of school would be covered. We would still be out of pocket for room, board, and general living expenses (which can be substantial) for his junior & senior years. Keep in mind, this is all assuming he would go to an in-state public university. DS has not indicated ANY interest in going to an out-of-state school, but he has indicated some interest in a couple of private schools in our state. It just makes me nervous when I read posts about ROTC scholarship recipients having a change of heart about their committment to the military or getting DQ'd for health reasons, etc. and end up getting out of the program, leaving them with a HUGE financial committment at such a young age. Even though our DS is adamant about wanting to serve our country in the military, he's still a 16-year old young man. Things could change in a heartbeat. Any thoughts or input are greatly appreciated.