Hello everybody. I've been a member of this forum for a while, but I rarely post. I have been told by my USMA admissions officer that I have a strong chance of being offered USMAPS, because although my SAT math score is low, I have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, and I have a strong desire to serve my country as a career Army Infantry officer. My dream is to graduate from USMA, and I will not stop until I am there (or until my 23rd birthday...haha). But there is absolutely no guarantee that I will be offered USMAPS. So, I have thought of going to a military junior college and take the same classes a prep would and then reapply. I have been offered an academic/athletic (lacrosse) scholarship to attend one. Recently, I have been offered an ROTC scholarship to a great University, as well as an "Early Commission Program" offer to another military junior college. It's a tough decision to make. On one hand, I feel a pull to chase my dream and risk wasting a year of my life to prep myself if not offered USMAPS. On the other hand, I can go to a great University and receive my commission that way, but, in no way to knock ROTC, I do not feel that I will receive the tools from ROTC to succeed the way I want to as a career Army officer. Many great officers have come out of ROTC, but I feel the need to live in a strict military environment and be surrounded by the Army the way USMA does. On yet another hand, I have the chance to receive the rank of 2LT by the age of 20 by the ECP. That, I must say, is enticing as well. I have also thought of enlisting my entire life, and I feel it is possible to get into USMA that way. I know this is my life and my decision, but I ask for the opinions of previous military officers, military personel, parents, peers, and cadets/midshipmen.