I am currently trying for both the Marine Option NROTC scholarship and the AROTC scholarship. Realistically, I have a much better chance of getting the AROTC the MO NROTC, but I really have my heart set on the Marine Corps. Nothing against Army, but I come from a Marine family and have always thought that it is the branch for me. So now I am debating whether or not I should even finish the AROTC application process because I am not sure if I will accept the scholarship if offered it because I want to go to the Corps rather than Army. I am willing to pay money for college if it means I can go to the Corps. So I am wondering how easy it is to earn a commission to the Marine Corps without being on a scholarship, specifically from VMI since that is where I will probably be next year? I know the NROTC scholarship only offers 3 year scholarships to Navy and Nurse options, so I cannot go to school for a year and then try for that. I had heard that it was less competitive and easier to earn a Marine commission without a scholarship from VMI since there aren't many Marine option midshipmen that go there.