Hello all, As of right now, I will be attending VMI on a 4 year Army ROTC scholarship. I know that this is a great route to become an army officer, and am excited to have this opportunity. However, recently, I had an idea that many would consider crazy and dangerous. I want to have the enlisted army experience. I want to understand what it is like to be enlisted and I want to be an enlisted soldier (almost more than being an officer). My parents strongly discourage this idea. They argue that I have full scholarship to a great military school, and it would be insane for me to turn that down and instead start at the lowest rank in the United States army. I understand that in the future, there will be opportunities to commission as an officer but as of right now, I really see myself as wanting to be an enlisted soldier (I also have never seen myself as much of a leader). Also, in case you are wondering, my stats are: 1390 SAT (700 math, 690 English), 3.68 UGPA and 4.38 WGPA. My questions are: How hard is it to go to Westpoint from being enlisted? Would it really be crazy to enlist if I already have a route to becoming an officer? Has anyone else had similar experiences or thoughts about this idea? Any responses would be greatly appreciated.