My friend has a son in college on an AFROTC scholarship. I have a cadet at USAFA. Because she has a close relative who is a recent USAFA grad, my friend knows well the demands placed on USAFA cadets. She recently talked about how much easier it will be for her son in AFROTC. While their experiences are very different, both USAFA and AFROTC grads end up as officers with the same rank, the same pay, and the same opportunities within the US Air Force. Her question to me, "Why would someone pursue the route that is more challenging if the end result is the same?” I would love to hear from those who have experienced life in the US Air Force. What are the pros and cons for each path--AFROTC and USAFA? I don't want to start a battle. I would really like some concrete examples based on personal experience. Thank you.