Hello, I recently posted the following under the thread for those waiting on the third AROTC board, but it may need its own thread... Waiting on the third round. My son didn't apply until after the first board. (Being an army family for going on 21 years now, you'd think we would have been more informed about the process, but we didn't even realize there was more than one board until I discovered it on this forum - so thanks to all of you who post great info here.) On to my question... Our son is passionate about ROTC and the Army and fully intends to be a lifer (do we still call it that?) However, he was so inspired by GEN Stanley McChrystal's call for American youth to complete a service year between high school and college that he decided to concurrently apply to AmeriCorps. http://www.franklinproject.org/stan_mcchrystal_a_million_young_people_to_empower_america AmeriCorps receives approxamately 500,000 applications each year for only 80,000 slots, so you can imagine how overjoyed he was to recieve his acceptance a few weeks ago. He has already responded and committed the upcoming year to them as he knows that if he commissions in the Army right after college, this will be his one chance to serve America in this unique way. He hopes that if he is awarded a scholarship in this board, there may be some avenue for him to defer for one year. If anyone has any insight, I would greatly appreciate it. Additionally, if he is not able to defer, could he reapply next year using the high school application again? Thank you. PS - If the efforts of GEN McChrystal and the Franklin Project succeed, I imagine this might become a more common issue.