Hi Guys, New guy here. Excited to finally be part of the Army family, but a bit of frustration growing for a non-scholarship contract with ROTC. The nearest ROTC I have is 20 minutes vs 1 hour and 26 minutes for the 2nd best option here were I live. I finished BCT/AIT on December 2014 with highest APFT scores in my platoon and RSP National Guard. My stats: - 299 APFT AIT score (13:21 instead of 13:18 in my AIT run, freezing weather sucks!!) - 3.84 Masters Degree (<-- ROTC counts my 2 classes already done instead of my bachelors) - Fully bilingual, Spanish being my native tongue ( learnign Italian with duolingo and rosseta stone!) My question are.. - Is ROTC running out of funds for contracting National Guard soldiers that want to compete active duty? The cadre is recommending I move to the Reserves if I want to compete active duty with ROTC. If I contract in May, ROTC is saying it'll be impossible to get a release from the National Guard no matter if I keep my 'ok' scores as NG already made the investment on me, another number. Making a move to the Reserves means I've to reclassify MOS and that's a pain/a sacrifice that might be unnecessary. Not that I am unwilling to, but is it really necessary, that's my main questioning right now. - Apparently if I start right now, as a non-scholarship cadet(or trainee, not sure of the term without contracting) some say there's retroactive pay until I get contracted($450 per month as M3 that I'd start) and some NG soldiers that went the OCS route(2 of them) are telling me to be careful as there's no ROTC retroactive pay and that I work for free until I get contracted with ROTC? What's your point of view here by experience, know-how? - How much time does ROTC really consume on a weekly basis? I am undecided whether to go to ROTC 1 hour 20+ minutes away from my end or the one that I have 20 minutes away. The treatment and flexibility is BIG from one another, I am entertaining the 1 hour + ride as apparently they accept National Guard for competition and are more flexible in weekly visits. I am here to learn, so hopefully I get some gems out the first time here guys. Appreciate it a lot! Thanks!