i've been reading this thread for a while now (just joined) and i am getting that there are no career advantages between going to the academy vs rotc. from my research the academy is supposed to be the air force's premier leadership institution and it's supposedly harder than rotc programs. if both of these are the case, are there ANY perks of going to the academy on one's career? i.e. does any of it count towards retirement or service, do you get paid more, promoted quicker, etc.? i understand the academy has more slots for desirable jobs, but is that ALL there is too it? thanks!