Hello all, this is my first post but I've been reading on here for a while. I am currently in a very tough spot and haven't found any threads which I feel address this issue to the extent which I am looking for. I have secured an ROTC Scholarship and an Appointment to the Naval academy (still waiting on AF). Now, I am in the driver's seat you could say and must choose whether to go to an academy or go to a regular college with ROTC(hopefully UVA). I am interested in flying jets and securing a commission -- that is my ultimate goal. However, I know that much of life is about the journey and not the destination. With that being said, what do all of you think about ROTC vs USNA? What should I do? A few things I am wondering about/think are important to note: I am interested in having somewhat of a college experience - nothing crazy, just looking for a group of friends to learn adult independence alongside. Friendships and relationships are very important to me, how does the academy foster (or harm) relationships with your peers? Seeking Aeronautical Engineering degree. Not overly concerned with the financial aspect of ROTC scholarship vs SA. Does one prepare you better for the fleet? How fun are academies? Are they a place where kids can be kids and have a reasonable amount of fun or are they absolute pressure cookers of academic and military rigor? How much does attending an Academy affect high school friendships? Does ROTC offer the same type of summer opportunities such as Powered Flight training or cruises? Does an academy deprive you of the soft skills which college teaches (living independently)? Sorry for the long post, but I have been wondering about these questions for about six months now and am seeking some wiser advice than my own thoughts. THANK YOU SO MUCH!