This post can be placed in this folder or the ROTC folder. MY son is very confident that he wants to join the military. Yet, he wants to keep his options open in deciding how to pursue that goal. He is not very interested in a SA, but he is strongly considering Norwich and maybe VMI. However, even though a SMC like Norwich has civilians, he is still looking at traditional universities. At this time, those include Baylor, TCU, Davidson, and Rice. Part of him would like a traditional college experience, while the other wants more structure and military lifestyle at an SMC. I understand the obvious differences with ROTC at a traditional school and an SMC, most notably living in a military lifestyle vs college life with training. However, this question is mainly geared toward life outside of college. Is their an advantage (for lack of a better word on my part) to going to an SMC when pursuing a career in the military, when compared to ROTC at say, Baylor? Finally, I know that a student at a SMC is given active duty if they are allowed by school officials. My son would like active duty, so how difficult is it to get it when attending a traditional school? Thanks for your help.