Alright so I thought I had this all straightened out but I just need a quick verification. If I choose to go the SMC route to VMI, Norwich or the Citadel I wish to enroll in NROTC MO. Even though I've applied for the 4 year scholarship, I don't plan to get it. Do I need to get a scholarship in order to commission or contract? I know that you don't need a scholarship to contract in the Army but is it the same for the other branches? If I have to, I will pursue an Army commission but really want the Marines. Oh and I will do my very best to get a side load but I know how competitive those are.