Hello all, I was rejected from USNA a while back, and although 2 years of preparing for my candidate application seems to go down the toilet, I have had the honor to receive the national 4-year NROTC scholarship to a Big-10 school (go Illini!) However, doing further research into the requisites of the program, it seems as that I would be unable to pursue a pre-med coursework effectively while under contract at UIUC. Having spent time in my high school career volunteering at the local hospital, doing an internship at a dental clinic and working as a scribe at the VA, I've grown to love and appreciate the field of healthcare. Having done research when it comes to programs such as HPSP and the USUHS (the west-point of medical schools) I think my dream career is to be a military phyisican, attached to a front-line army/marine corps combat unit. This way, I can contribute to my country by saving the lives of wounded servicemen/women who gave up everything on the line of duty. However, pre-med coursework is known for being difficult and time-consuming, and the grades/MCAT/ clinical hours needed to apply to medical school is very daunting: so many people drop out of this coursework when "sh*t hits the fan" and their grades dont make the cut. I was able to receive a full scholarship (civilian one) to a public school in california belonging to the UC system, which has the tools necessary for a medical school pathway. I'm willing go balls to the wall, and to devote myself to academic/intellectual excellence to become the best doctor I can in service of my country, but I have doubts whether or not i can make it. Med school is no guarantee for anybody; but I'm willing to do what it takes. So my question to all of you, is should i pursue NROTC and become a commissioned officer in my warfare specialty, a career that guaranteed (assuming i dont do anything stupid) or should I go to my state school and pursue a pre-med coursework with the goal of becoming a military doc?