My son is planning on doing ROTC in college, but unfortunately decided too late to apply for a scholarship. The ROO at his school says he would have been competitive (3.9 GPA, 34 ACT, national-level athlete) for a 4-year scholarship, but now we're looking at what options are left for him. This fall will be his first year of college, but he will enter with 32 hours of credit from AP classes. Technically he will be a sophomore, but has registered for the MS1 and PT classes. Theoretically he should be able to graduate in 3 years. The ROO is telling him he will skip his MSII year, go to LTC next summer and be an MSIII his 2nd year.... As of right now, my son's future plans include medical school. As someone who also began college premed and changed my mind, I understand that may or may not be the case for him later on. His ROO says he could apply now for a GRFD scholarship for fall and still get it, or he can some to campus and they will likely be able to award him a 2 or 3-year scholarship . My question is this - right now my son thinks the GRFD scholarship is his best option as he thinks he'd like to be a civilian Dr. and an officer in the Reserves. I feel he should keep his options open for a potential AD slot should his plans change over the next couple of years. He is, after all, 17. I have read a lot on this board about the "cut-off" for an AD slot. What if you're above the cut-off, not on a GRFD scholarship, but decide you want to commission in the guard/reserves? Is it possible to accept a regular scholarship and still request/receive a reserve commission? Or should he go with the GRFD and eliminate any chance of going AD if his career plans change? He meets with the ROO Tuesday to fill out some paperwork, and we'd kind of like to have a potential plan before then. Sorry this rambled a little bit - Thanks for the help!