My son recently completed his application for a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship. Last week he interviewed with the PMS of a large public university. I spoke with the PMS after the interview and he presented us with a real dilemma. He indicated that my son was highly competitive, so much so that he believed he would be admitted to WP (to which he is seeking a nomination and an appointment). Because of his strong credentials and continued interest in the Academy, the PMS said he would “pass” on my son if he is awarded a ROTC scholarship at the upcoming board. The PMS indicated he did not want to “take a chance on losing the university’s scholarship.” On the other hand, if my son were to demonstrate a “clear commitment” to the university (presumably by failing to gain admission to WP and ranking the PMS’s university as his top choice), then he would gladly “accept” the scholarship. While I understand his logic, I find it troubling. If all PMS’s were to think this way, strong ROTC candidates – who are also applying to the Academies – would be in a real bind. So … (1) Has anyone else encountered this predicament? (2) How do PMS’s tend to make their scholarship choices? (3) What is the best strategy for obtaining the ROTC scholarship to a given set of schools?