I chose an Army ROTC scholarship a couple months ago, but my parent's hostility towards my decision recently peaked. They believe that I have been seduced by army marketing, and that I am joining some suicidal cult that I am going to hate or be brainwashed into liking. Whenever I try to convince them that they are entirely wrong, they tell me that I have only talked with the propaganda wing (ROTC) and that I have no idea what army life is really like. I am getting extremely tired of this and I would really appreciate having some veterans answer some questions so I can definitively disprove their erroneous paranoia. I would really appreciate any advice. 1) If I go into reserve, either immediately after I commission or after a 4 year active duty commitment, is there any chance of me being called again to serve unless there is a war? They are convinced that the defense cuts will mean that I will never get out and constantly get called back. 2) If I choose a reserve option after commissioning, what sort of commitment would I have in the reserve? They think it would derail any other career I would be interested in. 3) If I wanted to do reserve rather than active duty, how likely is it that I would get it? 4) Does ROTC really present an experience that is similar to active duty life? I feel that I know the answers to most of these questions, but I want to hear from people who actually have actual experience.