I am currently in Marine-Option NROTC without a scholarship. I absolutely want to become a Marine. I am nearing the end of my freshman year and my mom is pressuring me to get a scholarship. My mom thinks that a big reason that I should join the military is because they pay for school. She keeps saying that I wouldn't be able to use any of the skills I learn from a good major in the military. I suppose that may be true since I want to major in BIT and then go into either aviation or intel and I don't suppose they d0 much stuff related to BIT. She said that I may as well get a stupid major like underwater basket-weaving so that I could get good grades and have a better chance at a scholarship. I understand that she doesn't want to pay for school for me just to waste my degree doing stuff in the military but I really want to serve in the military as an officer. I was considering doing PLC but since they don't give out scholarships my mom thinks that's crazy. She contacted someone from the AROTC unit at my school and she was told something about me applying for an Army scholarship. However, even if I got the scholarship I don't want to join the Army as much as I would like to join the Marine Corps. I suppose some of my reasoning to try to get into the Marine Corps is that they are the best of the best and I also want to be the best, but I also really like how Marines always have each other's backs. I know that soldiers and sailors and airmen out there also have each other's backs but from what I have seen they are not all as close with each other or as proud to be in their branch as Marines are. Even from what I have seen from the midshipmen in my ROTC they are a lot tighter than the other ROTCs at my school. The Marine Corps is smaller so I suppose that it helps build bonds between Marines. I want that brotherhood and pride that Marines have. I guess what I'm trying to get at is if I don't get a scholarship, would trying to commission as an officer in the Marine Corps be worth it? It is my parents who are paying for school so I understand how much they want me to get a scholarship (I also really want a scholarship of course) and to just get a good job after the military. I really want to be an officer in the Marine Corps but I also don't want to make my parents stress about finances. I don't know what exactly I want to hear from people after posting this but I just need to know someone else's perspective. Preferably someone with experience in this kind of thing or just worldy experience or something, I don't know. I wanted to talk to the Marine Officer Instructor at my school but he is getting ready to retire and even without that he is always extremely busy. He has already helped me a lot on other things so I don't want to bother him with this. Anyway thank you for actually reading this. I really appreciate any thoughts you may have.