If you've seen my other post, you know I'm looking at various SMC's. My question is, due to the Military regulations, why is it that SMC's are more restrictive on their age requirements than the various branches themselves? I've been looking into becoming an EMT and quite possibly taking it all the way up the paramedic route. As I will be graduating H.S at the age of 19, I'm most likely taking a 2-3 year gap before I apply/start my Freshman yr of College to do the Medical training and get work experience. As such, am I then only limited to regular NROTC? As I haven't seen any college [SMC] (yet- albeit I'm still looking) that's taking applications from those 23 or older. As I said, I'm still looking....but in any event, am I very limited in which way I'm able to go due to my current plans? Thanks for any and all of your help!