My son had an interview with the PMS of his #1 choice school. And then he wanted to personally visit two more PMSs (#2 and #4 school - #3 was an ultra safety that is also 6 hours away, so he only emailed/talked over the phone). Since I was not going to let a new driver (got the licence only a month or so ago: a late birthday boy, youngest among his HS senior peers) drive alone for 4+ hours one way, I went with him. Both PMS kept inviting me to the session with my son, so I ended up sitting in both meetings (I was actually surprised by how eager they were to engage me in the process). Both meetings were attended not only by the PMS but also his officers (recruiting officer and another one or two). What struck me was, how "clueful" or not these two battalions appeared to me. Both schools are highly competitive schools with very strong academic reputation. Yet, in one battalion, the officers were truly on top of things, seem to be really in cahoot with the school's admission officers, knew exactly what to advise and how to help their ROTC candidates so that their scholarship winners have an excellent shot at getting admitted. Everything was organized perfectly. When my son walked in, it was clear that his file was very thoroughly reviewed by all the officers in the room, etc. When they were describing. When my son asked about some highly selective summer training exercises he would love to be included in as early as possible, the PMS told him that normally each battalion is assigned only 2 spots, but somehow he managed to send over 10 from his battalion. I don't know how: perhaps he knows how to "work" the system, etc. Most of their cadets were getting their top first choice branch assignment with a few who got #2 choice. Granted, the cadets must be excellent, but I also have the feeling that the battalion officers were expert cowboys, directing the herd in the right direction. It was clear they knew exactly how to help their cadets be prepared for the best outcome. In the other battalion, it was completely the opposite. The recruiting officer appear to know even less than I do about how that school's admission policies operate (he even said he has no idea how the admissions operate), they did not read my son's file before the meeting, their answers to my sons questions were rather disorganized, etc. The officers seemed overwhelmed with attrition problem. In general, they did not appear on top of everything, etc. I believe my son's experience as a cadet will be greatly enhanced if he is working under "terrific management". Just like any business, a CEO and his/her management team can make or break a business. Likewise, a terrific PMS and a well run battalion officer team will make a huge a difference in the way the ROTC unit is running and outcome for the cadets. What I am not sure is whether this is really up to a particular PMS's style of operation or whether there is such a thing as an enduring "organizational culture and competency". I understand that PMSs rotate out in a couple of years or so. If that's case, it's not clear whether a battalion that is run so well now will also operate at that level 2 years down the road. My son was so impressed with the PMS and his officers at his #2 school and how they operate, he is even thinking maybe this should be his #1 now. But, what would happen if this PMS and his officers rotate out in a couple of years? How much of the perceived excellence in the way battalion operate is an enduring quality that my son should take into consideration for his choice? How much is really based on the top guy (PMS)'s own quality of management?