NROTC vs Nuke

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Apr 18, 2017
I am currently a senior in high school. I have a 95 on my asvab, and I'm qualified for the nuke program. I also submitted a non-binding acceptance of a 4yr NROTC scholarship to Virginia Tech. I'm trying to make a decision between enlisting or going to school.

I know that the navy nuke program will grant me pay and benefits, and that I wouldn't receive these until I commission through NROTC. The schooling that navy nukes go through also grants enough credits to equate to an associates degree, and nukes can gain an officer commission through STA-21 or other commissioning programs. The navy also grants very large bonuses to nukes, and the civilian opportunities they have are numerous.

The NROTC scholarship gives me the opportunity to earn a degree for free. As far as I know, if I earn my degree while in NROTC, I am garunteed an officer commission. If I enlist, I would need to compete for a spot in a commissioning program.

My ultimate goal is to be an officer, and I would like to be a pilot as well. Any advice that you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
I think you answered your own question. NROTC offers the surest path to becoming an officer. You can still go nuke through NROTC. Your going to have to make a decision between Nuke and aviation. Again, NROTC gives you time to make that decision and you're not going to fly a plane for the Navy without being an officer. Guess I don't see the issue on this decision.
If your ultimate goal is to become an officer, then this is very simple. NROTC. Nuke and Pilot are both on the table through NROTC, with all the associated bonuses and education. This is a no-brainer.