Hello everyone. I have been reading about possible career and college routes I could take like cray and I am getting a bit confused on some things. I need some advice too. I'm thinking about ROTC vs. SMC. If someone goes to an SMC, they have this going for them "The Secretary of the Army shall ensure that a graduate of a senior military college who desires to serve as a commissioned officer on active duty upon graduation from the college, who is medically and physically qualified for active duty, and who is recommended for such duty by the professor of military science at the college, shall be assigned to active duty." Besides that, what other benefits are there to choosing an SMC or ROTC? Is it very hard for ROTC candidates to get active duty? How does branch selection go for SMC vs. ROTC? Is it much easier for people from SMC's to get the active duty branch they want? As its looking now (which of course can change.), I'd want to make a life long career out of the Army. Or at least have that option easily available for me. Is it harder for ROTC people to stay in as long as SMCs or anything like that? I'm very interested in branching armor. How competitive is armor? From the little I've heard, it is quite competitive, how much of an edge does an SMC graduate have over an ROTC graduate at a traditional college? Really what I am asking through all of this is, how much reserve in Reserve Officer Training Corp is there? I'd like the military college experience, but I do feel I could pull off vastly better grades if I am given the freedom of a traditional college. Although I don't want to sacrifice any long term career aspirations for more undergraduate freedom. Any information would be helpful. Thanks for taking the time to read my post too. Goose.