hello folks, this is my first post so sorry in advanced for length. I was previously on here last year under a different name when going thru the USNA process (got denied). I'm currently a freshman at a Big 10 university and I have a few questions about ROTC/ OCS options I was looking to get answered. Basically, I'm interested in becoming a surface warfare officer in the Navy, which I'm pretty set on if I had my choice. After getting denied USNA I decided to try regular big 10 life for a year, which I love, but it's made me realize my heart is really set on military life. I'm thinking about joining ROTC at my school butwant to know: Is it possible to do ROTC without scholarship? My reasoning is I have a scholarship currently that pays full tuition, room and board, and fees and food. I wouldn't want to take away someone else's chance at a scholarship by joining ROTC but have heard that sometimes it's possible to be a "walkon"? I also would like to know if anyone could direct me to a site that could explain OCS for me as far as the requirements/ application process goes. I would like to think I could have a pretty good shot at it because I have a good resume (Evans scholar @ big 10 school, intern for U.S. Senator, 3.6 GPA) but I am genuinely confused by the entire process and would like to get a head start if possible. Finally: I was wondering if there's any programs over the summer in college that allow you to get ahead on your navy "basic training" ( correct me if wrong terminology). One of my friends went to basic for national guard after sophomore year of college and got ahead on his training so I was wondering if there's anything comparable. That's all, PLS don't hate on me if I sound like a total newbie, I'm pretty uneducated about all of this stuff. Just a college freshman who has a passion to serve/ not really concerned with the best tuition benefits or anything since they don't pertain to me. Thanks In advance!