I realize that most of the questions in this particular forum relate to scholarships, but we were hoping that some of you may be able to answer a question based on your ROTC experience. Son is an applicant to a service academy, but is preparing his backup plan should he not receive an appointment. He plans to participate in ROTC at the university, but has not made a final decision as to which branch. He did not apply for an ROTC scholarship because he has already been awarded a full academic scholarship at his "backup" school. He plans to major in mechanical engineering, and we are advised by the school that very few of their ME majors graduate in 4 yrs; they generally need 4.5 or 5 years. If he has to stay in school longer than 4 years, does that affect his ability to participate or commission as a non-scholarship student, or is that really a non-issue that you work out with the detachment cadre beforehand? Also, if you care to opine, does a non-scholarship ROTC participant really have the same opportunites to succeed and be commisssioned as their scholarship-holding peers? Thanks!