I've recently hit a major roadblock and am pretty sure I won't have a chance at recieving a NROTC scholarship (not giving up, just being realistic). I am still planning on joining the NROTC detachment at my school (Auburn) and will try to gain a scholarship during my freshman year. However, I do have a few questions- is there a difference in the overall freshman experience between a scholarship Midshipman and non-scholarship one? I've heard from people who've done ROTC in different branches that the freshmen who already have scholarships are treated better, and that if you "screw up" academically your freshman year and are not on a scholarship, your chances at your choice commission are slim. I am a female aiming for a commission as a pilot or EOD officer, and will be studying Mechanical Engineering. I know for a fact I will work harder than ever my freshman year if, in fact, I can't get a scholarship now, but I'm just curious as to what obsticles I might face if I'm not in advanced standing when I begin.