I talked on the phone to a national guard recruiter about joining the national guard and going to college at the same time. He recommended since i wanted to go into ROTC at a college that I become a drilling member of the national guard avoid Basic and AIT by going into the 09 Romeo Program. My question is what is the difference between the 09 Romeo program vs. enlisting in the National Guard with the intent of eventually being contracted through SMP? Is your status nondeployable in the 09 Romeo Program? Would this effect educational benefits if I decided to go this route? The first time i heard of this program is 10 minutes ago. All information is greatly appreciated!!