I should have posted this earlier this summer but forgot. For those of you about to report to your units for the first time here are some tips I have gleaned over the last 5 years. 1) Be ready to pass the APFT. This is the number one barrier that keeps cadets from contracting and activating your scholarship. About half of the 4 year scholarship earners in my DS unit failed the test the first time out. 2) Show up in regulation. This means haircut, proper PT gear/attire. No piercings. One prospective cadet showed up with long hair, less than politically correct verbiage on his shirt and failed the test. It was not the best way to make a first impression. He was voted off the island. 3) Make sure you have all of your information at hand. DS completed his SF 86 form prior to arrival . There will be lots of questions on this form your parents will have to help you with unless you can remember everywhere you have traveled and lived your entire 18-19 years in this earth. 4) Have some money in your account and available. It may be a month or two before your stipend is deposited. 5) Keep in contact with your financial office , make sure they know you are ROTC. Proactive communication will head off lots of issues. Lastly, have fun but make good choices. You will be held to a higher standard for the next 4-5 years during college. Don’t jeopardize this incredible opportunity and risk a $100k-$200k scholarship to have a beer and get an MIP. Good luck to you all!