Gold bar recruiters are newly commissioned second lieutenants who remain on campus after graduating while they await their slot at the Basic Officer Leader Course. These individuals can be invaluable in your preparation for your (or your young adult's) adventure. Our family had no experience with ROTC, the first choice school Dim Sum had selected, or the city in which it was located (a long story). He had the notion he would simply show up on campus and deal with things as they developed. Having just been through the undergraduate ROTC experience, the Gold Bar recruiter was quite willing to answer my various questions about how things worked. Even questions like whether or not to have a bicycle on campus and the relationship of fraternity life to ROTC. I didn't find the awkwardness I would have expected posing these questions to a senior cadre member.