While we are waiting for the board results, I would like to get some more input and advice from the wise folks on this forum. My son's intended major is International Relations. Suppose he is fortunate enough to get a 4 year national scholarship, he has 30 days to choose one school, as we all know. I got plenty of input saying the choice should be more based on the school, rather than a battalion. How about the reputation/strength of the major at each school? Given that the cadets are way too occupied with the ROTC commitments and what not to take advantage of the internship opportunities, etc, and also given that they are not entering a civilian work force right after the college, how much does it matter if school A has a better reputation/program for his intended major than school B??? Note that my son intends to commit himself to a military career on a long term basis. Suppose he has the following choices (he should be so lucky!!!) School A: very well known in his major. terrific location for that. great internship opportunities and what not. School B: strong academic reputation. The major is not as strong as school A, but fairly good. About 50% of the ROTC cadets get free room and board: it's first come first served, so if he choose this school after the first board, he will get it. If he gets free room and board, this becomes a full ride option. School C: strong academic reputation. The school is not particularly well known in his intended major. However, the school provides free room and board. $50K additional total benefit for four years. This makes this school a full ride opportunity. What are your thoughts? (of course, none of this would matter if he is not given a scholarship to these schools, but I can still do some research in case he needs to make a decision on the fly once the results come out).