these questions are being asked by a mom who knows nothing about ROTC-sorry. Starting about two years ago my now rising senior son expressed an interest in attending a service academy. He has been working diligently towards that goal. We all learned as much as we could about applying to a S.A. We have let him know that those options are not that easy to gain entry and that he should pursue other options as well. He ignored us (can you beleive that-a teenage ignoring their parents). We set up a week of college visits (golf and white water rafting for the rest of the family) to look at colleges with top engineering programs. He picked U of I, Purdue and Virginia Tech. Yesterday he said that when he goes to Virginia Tech can he look into ROTC? We were a bit surprised as this was the first time he has ever mentioned ROTC. It seems that after going to a couple of the S.As summer programs he realized that if his primary goal is to be an officer in the military: army or Navy(marine-ground option) he had better look at all options. He also liked what he read about Virginia Tech. So now here we are starting from scratch-with no knowledge of ROTC. he has completed two of his S.A. applications and has his DODmerb evaluations this week. Number one question: Is he behind in the timeline for ROTC? We are looking at the internet and finding alot of information. However, this forum has been incredibly helpful in the past -so we thought to also try here for more information.